Saturday, October 18, 2014

Women are the Past, Present and Future of American Agriculture

"From historic homesteaders to contemporary cattle ranchers, women have been the cornerstone of America’s agriculture heritage. We’ve produced food to feed our families, feed our neighbors and to feed the world.
The 2012 Census of Agriculture notes that nearly one million women are working America’s lands. That’s nearly a third of our nation’s farmers.  These women are generating $12.9 billion in annual agricultural sales.
Farm work isn’t the only way women are contributing to agriculture.  We are scientists, economists, foresters, veterinarians and conservationists. We are in the boardrooms and the corner offices of international enterprises, and are the owners and operators of small businesses. We are property owners and managers. We are policy makers and standard bearers.  Women are increasingly involved in every aspect of agriculture..."

From historic homesteaders to contemporary cattle ranchers, women have been the cornerstone of America’s agriculture heritage. We’ve produced food to feed our families, feed our neighbors and to feed the world.
The 2012 Census of Agriculture notes that nearly one million women are working America’s lands. That’s nearly a third of our nation’s farmers.  These women are generating $12.9 billion in annual agricultural sales.
Farm work isn’t the only way women are contributing to agriculture.  We are scientists, economists, foresters, veterinarians and conservationists. We are in the boardrooms and the corner offices of international enterprises, and are the owners and operators of small businesses. We are property owners and managers. We are policy makers and standard bearers.  Women are increasingly involved in every aspect of agriculture.
- See more at: http://blogs.usda.gov/2014/10/17/women-are-the-past-present-and-future-of-american-agriculture/#sthash.Kkq4Q1ZM.dpuf
Women and agriculture

Sending Care Packages to Our Troops Overseas

"Send a care package to a loved one in the military using the United States Postal Service (USPS)
  1. Check out the guidelines for international shipping and make sure the items you’re sending are permitted in the destination country.
  2. Follow the instructions to send packages to military and diplomatic personnel. Include the recipient’s full name, unit number and military mail address with the Army or Air Force Post Office (APO), Fleet for Navy and Marines Post Office (FPO), or Diplomatic Post Office (DPO).
  3. Use the internet to fill out a Customs Form to attach to the package.
    Overseas care packages

EPA Releases Guidance to Improve Schools’ Indoor Air Quality and Energy Efficiency

"Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released new guidance to help school districts protect indoor air quality while increasing energy efficiency during school renovations.

“This guidance provides common-sense solutions for improving energy efficiency and indoor air quality in schools across the country,” said Janet McCabe, acting assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation. “By using these guidelines, school districts can cut their energy bills and help ensure that students have a healthy and safe learning environment.”

Both energy management and protection of indoor air quality (IAQ) are important considerations for school facility management during energy upgrades and retrofits, and schools can protect occupant health by addressing both goals holistically. These renovation and construction activities can create dust, introduce new contaminants and contaminant pathways, create or aggravate moisture problems, and result in inadequate ventilation in occupied spaces. EPA’s Energy Savings Plus Health: Indoor Air Quality Guidelines for School Building Upgrades offers opportunities to prevent and control potentially harmful conditions during school renovations..."
Schools’ Indoor Air Quality

Healthy Contact Lens Wear and Care

"When cared for properly, contact lenses can provide a comfortable and convenient way to work, play, and live for the more than 30 million people in the U.S. who wear them. While contact lenses are usually a safe and effective form of vision correction, they are not entirely risk-free—especially if they are not cared for properly. To reap the benefits of wearing contact lenses, it is essential to practice healthy habits..."
Contact lens

Safeguarding the Personal Information of All People...

"The United States is committed to protecting the personal information of all people around the world, regardless of their nationality. Indeed, it is our longstanding practice to conduct signal intelligence(SIGINT) activities only for authorized foreign intelligence and counterintelligence  purposes, and to safeguard information obtained through such means from unauthorized acess or disclosure. On January 17,  2014, the President issued Presidential Policy Directive (PPD), 28, Signals Intelligence Activities, which "articulates principles to guide why, whether, when, and how the United States conducts SIGINT activities for authorized foreign intelligence and counterintelligence purposes.""
personal information security

Energy for growing and harvesting crops is a large component of farm operating costs

"The U.S. agriculture industry used nearly 800 trillion British thermal units (Btu) of energy in 2012, or about as much primary energy as the entire state of Utah. Agricultural energy consumption includes energy needed to grow and harvest crops and energy needed to grow livestock. Crop operations consume much more energy than livestock operations, and energy expenditures for crops account for a higher percentage of farm operating costs..."
Energy for crop production

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Federal Reserve Beige Book, October 2014



"Reports from the twelve Federal Reserve Districts generally described
modest to moderate economic growth at a pace similar to that noted in the previous Beige Book. Moderate growth was reported by the Cleveland, Chicago, St. Louis, Minneapolis, Dallas, and San Francisco Districts, while modest growth was reported by the New York, Philadelphia, Richmond, Atlanta, and Kansas City Districts. In the Boston District, reports from business contacts painted a mixed picture of economic conditions. In addition, several Districts noted that contacts were generally optimistic about future activity.."

Federal Reserve

Al Qaeda-Affiliated Groups: Middle East and Africa

"After more than a decade of combating Al Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the United States
now faces an increasingly diverse threat from Al Qaeda affiliates in the Middle East and Africa and from emerging groups that have adopted aspects of Al Qaeda’s ideology but operate relatively or completely autonomously from the group’s senior leadership..."

Al Qaeda

Federal and State Quarantine and Isolation Authority

"In the wake of increasing fears about the spread of highly contagious diseases, federal, state, and
local governments have become increasingly aware of the need for a comprehensive public health response to such events. An effective response could include the quarantine of persons exposed to infectious biological agents that are naturally occurring or released during a terrorist attack, the isolation of infected persons, and the quarantine of certain cities or neighborhoods.
The public health authority of the states derives from the police powers granted by their constitutions and reserved to them by the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The authority of the federal government to prescribe quarantine and other health measures is based on the Commerce Clause, which gives Congress exclusive authority to regulate interstate and foreign commerce..."

Quarantine law

Yearbook on Immigration Statistics: 2013

"The Yearbook of Immigration Statistics is a compendium of tables that provides data on foreign nationals who, during a fiscal year, were granted lawful permanent residence (i.e., admitted as immigrants or became legal permanent residents), were admitted into the United States on a temporary basis (e.g., tourists, students, or workers), applied for asylum or refugee status, or were naturalized. The Yearbook also presents data on immigration enforcement actions, including alien apprehensions, removals, and returns. The Yearbook tables are released as they become available.."
Immigration statistics

Granada Relocation Center, Amache, Colorado.

"October 15, 1945 marked the closing date of the Granada Project, the first of the War Relocation Authority centers to be closed. Under the authority of Executive Order 9066, issued by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on February 19, 1942, approximately 110,000 Japanese-Americans were interned in 10 relocation centers for the duration of World War II..."
Granada relocation center

How Do You Clean Up an Ebola Patient’s Home?

"Four days after Thomas E. Duncan was admitted to the hospital as the first person in America to be diagnosed with Ebola, his Dallas home still sat exactly as he’d left it. “The apartment where he was staying with four other people had not been sanitized and the sheets and dirty towels he used while sick remained in the home,” the New York Times reported. Cleaning contractors, it turned out, were too scared to do the job.
Since then, biohazard cleaners have decontaminated Duncan’s apartment, and they have been quicker to respond to the subsequent two cases of Ebola that are currently confirmed in Dallas, both hospital workers who attended to Duncan. The Washington Post reports that the latest patient reported a fever on October 14, and responders in hazmat suits were at her apartment before dawn the next day to begin cleanup..."

Ebola clean up

American Housing Survey, 2013

Find the latest statistics on housing including data on single-family homes, apartments, manufactured housing, vacant units, family composition, income, housing and neighborhood quality, housing costs, HVAC equipment, appliances, fuel type, remodeling and repair, and recent moves.."
Housing survey

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Bottled Drinking Water Laboratory Analysis Fiscal Year 2013

"Wisconsin State Statute, s. 97.34(2)(e), requires the Department of Agriculture, Trade and
Consumer Protection to compile and publish an annual bottled drinking water report. It is a
compilation of the laboratory results for bottled drinking water sampled in the State of
Wisconsin in Fiscal Year 2013.. The samples were collected from bottled water processors and retail distribution sites in this state. The collection and analysis is a coordinated effort by the Bureau of Food Safety and Inspection, the Bureau of Laboratory Services Groundwater
Unit and the Wisconsin Laboratory of Hygiene..".

Bottled water

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Housing: Before, During, And After The Great Recession

"As the 2000s unfolded, economic growth and public policies designed to increase homeownership led to a housing boom. By 2006, the “housing bubble” began to burst. In late 2007, the economy fell into recession. The housing market continued to soften, people began to lose their jobs, and the banking industry was in crisis.
This Spotlight on Statistics looks at consumer expenditures on household items, employment in residential construction and housing-related industries, prices for household items and commodities, and injuries in occupations involved in building and maintaining our homes.."

Housing statistics