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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service administers programs that facilitate the efficient, fair marketing of U.S. agricultural products, including food, fiber, and specialty crops. Download our Agency Factsheet.

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At the Intersection of Agriculture and the U.S. Military

Dr. Gregory Parham shops for produce

Red, white, and blue balloons soared high above the bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables from local farmers and vendors at the opening of the 19th season of the USDA Farmers Market. With echoes of the Star Spangled Banner played by the "President's Own" Marine Band, we celebrated the service of our men and women in uniform, reaffirming USDA's commitment to supporting veterans and active-duty service members. We also celebrated several points of intersection between American agriculture and the military community.

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USDA Farmers Market Opens with a Recipe to Honor Our Veterans

USDA Farmers Market on a sunny day in June

I love farmers markets. The vibrant colors, enticing smells, and vivacious people make me feel so very alive and happy. Local markets also work to bring communities together. I have been to a number of farmers markets across the U.S., but my favorite one is located right here in Washington, DC--in fact, it's right here at USDA.

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Picking a Winner Part II: More Tips and Insights for Selecting Seasonal Produce

Fresh cantaloupes

We all have our own methods and traditions for selecting fresh produce, especially as the weather gets warmer and our stores and markets are full of fresh seasonal offerings. Whether it's smelling the rind or checking the firmness of the skin, these age-old practices are all designed to help pick the winning ingredients for snacks and meals. Last spring, we provided tips for buying artichokes, apricots, broccoli, cherries, and strawberries. This time around, we will focus on some other seasonal favorites.

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Conservation and Innovation Preserve Water Resources for Generations to Come

Ag Conservation Infographic

Farmers have always been particularly attuned to the forces of nature -- it's in the job description, after all. When the regularity of growing seasons collides with the irregularity of extreme conditions like droughts, floods, windstorms, the American farming community is motivated to innovate and conserve.

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