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Release No.STELPRD4015869
ContactCandice Celestin(315) 399-8393
(APRIL 20, 2012) USDA AGENCIES CELEBRATE EARTH DAY AND THE 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF USDA
Syracuse, NY, Apr 20, 2012 --

@@As part of USDA’s Earth Day celebration, USDA Rural Development (RD), Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), and the Farm Service Agency (FSA) hosted an Earth Day celebration at Kirk Park in Syracuse. Fourth and fifth grade students from Elmwood Elementary School joined the celebration by participating in environmental based activities.

USDA offices across the nation celebrated Earth Day today by talking to communities about the actions USDA is taking to improve our farms, our communities and our natural resources like soil, water, plants, animals, and air. Earth Day is observed annually on April 22 to raise awareness about the role each person can play to protect vital natural resources and safeguard the environment. Since the first Earth Day celebration in 1970, the event has expanded to include participation by citizens and governments in more than 195 countries.

“This Earth Day, USDA is commemorating 150 years working with Americans to protect the land. At the same time, USDA is looking to the future. We know an economy built to last will rely on the health of our natural resources, ” said Bryan Clerkin, USDA RD NY Acting State Director.

Since taking office, President Obama's Administration has taken historic steps to improve the lives of rural Americans, put people back to work and build thriving economies in rural communities. From proposing the American Jobs Act to establishing the first-ever White House Rural Council – chaired by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack – the President is committed to a smarter use of existing Federal resources to foster sustainable economic prosperity and ensure the government is a strong partner for businesses, entrepreneurs and working families in rural communities.