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Choosing Genetically Engineered Crops

A new USDA report says American farmers continue to choose genetically engineered crops over their conventional counterparts.

A July USDA Economic Research Service report finds the rate of adoption of Genetically Engineered soybeans is up to 93 percent this year; the adoption of all Genetically Engineered cotton climbed to 93 percent; and the adoption of all biotech corn reached 86 percent in 2010. An April report from the National Research Council notes, many U.S. farmers who grow genetically engineered crops are realizing substantial economic and environmental benefits - such as lower production costs, fewer pest problems, reduced use of pesticides, and better yields. In 2009, 330 million acres of biotech crops were planted in 25 countries by 14 million farmers.

Tags: technology , Meeting Mission Goals Through Technology , NRC , Scott Carr

Friday - 07/09/2010, 11:54am EDT

Alboum gets moving with technology to help solve problems at the Food and Nutrition Service

This week's guest is Jonathan Alboum, chief information officer at the Agriculture Department's Food and Nutrition Service.
July 8, 2010

Tags: technology , FNS , Apps for Healthy Kids , Jonathan Alboum , Ask the CIO , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 07/07/2010, 02:36pm EDT
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Indiscretions spur organic changes

The New York Times reports that the Agriculture Department has banned a leading American inspector of organic foods in China for conflicts of interest.

Tags: Federal Drive , management , organic , Miles McEvoy

Monday - 06/21/2010, 10:40am EDT
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New food guidelines to recommend more veggies

New dietary guidelines expected by the end of the year will recommend you eat more vegetables, fruits, high-fiber whole grains, low-fat milk and milk products and seafood.

Tags: food pyramid , dietary guidelines , Kristi King , Colleen Kelleher

Wednesday - 06/16/2010, 08:38am EDT

GAO: Agency rules allow conferences at resort locations

A recent GAO report looked at agencies' policies for choosing the locations of conferences and found that cost was the number one factor when it came to planning. Details from GAO's Lorelei St. James.

Tags: Federal Drive , management , GAO , federal travel , resorts , conferences , Lorelei St. James , Suzanne Kubota , GSA , SSA , DoC , DoD , HHS , DHS , DOI , DoJ , DoT , Treasury , VA

Monday - 06/14/2010, 11:33am EDT
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DoD, USDA putting secure ID cards to work

The military is performing a proof of concept in Utah by putting transit benefits on employees' Common Access Cards. USDA is implementing technology to require the use of HSPD-12 cards to log onto applications.

Tags: technology , Bob Gilson , Owen Unangst , DoD , Interagency Smart Card Advisory Board , Tony Cieri , CAC , smart cards , HSPD-12 , secure identity cards , Jason Miller

Friday - 05/28/2010, 07:12am EDT
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Williams honored with Franke award

Every year, one distinguished federal IT acquisition manager receives the coveted John J. Franke award for career excellence. The award last night went to Jim Williams, who recently retired from the GSA as the Commissioner of the Federal Acquisition Service.

Tags: management , Dave Wennergren , GSA , DoD , OMB , Jim Williams , Karen Evans , John Johnson , Sandy Bates , John J. Franke , Jason Miller , Management of Change 2010

Monday - 05/24/2010, 06:55am EDT
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Feds expand virtual worlds use

Over a year ago, the U.S. Army, and other branches of the military, were experimenting with the use of the virtual worlds social media site "Second Life" as a recruitment tool. Since that time, the military has branched out into using virtual worlds technology as a tool for collaboration. Now, civilian branches of government are looking to do the same thing. Federal News Radio's Max Cacas has our exclusive coverage of the Third annual Federal Consortium for Virtual Worlds Conference, which concludes today at the National Defense University here in D.C..

Tags: technology , best practices , virtual worlds , Second Life , Federal Consortium for Virtual Worlds Conference , Army , Douglas Maxwell , U.S. Army Simulation and Training Center , MilLands , Paulette Robinson , iCollege , NDU , Barrack Obama , Max Cacas

Friday - 05/14/2010, 06:51am EDT
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USDA holds 'Apps for Healthy Kids' contest

Agency wants to use crowdsourcing to help kids eat healthier.

Tags: technology , Gov 2.0 , Apps for Healthy Kids , Amanda Eamich , Apps for Democracy , daily debrief

Monday - 05/03/2010, 04:16pm EDT
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Study finds cutting calories can boost your immune system

If losing weight isn't enough incentive to cut calories, here's another reason: a study released this week says a low-calorie diet can also boost your immune system.

Tags: diet , calories , immunity , National Institute on Aging , Simin Meydani

Saturday - 05/01/2010, 01:03pm EDT
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