U.S. Department of Agriculture http://wesa.fm en Small Rural Businesses In Western PA Urged to Export http://wesa.fm/post/small-rural-businesses-western-pa-urged-export <p>As a junior business major at Elizabethtown College, Sarah Lanphier and her mother founded “Nuts About Granola,” a wholesome snack company in York, Pa. that buys local ingredients.&nbsp;</p><p>Six years later, after impressive growth, “Nuts About Granola” is a perfect example of a small rural business poised to go global, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.</p><p>The Obama administration picked the Pittsburgh region Wednesday to launch an effort to boost exports and grow rural economies.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 19:17:49 +0000 Kevin Gavin 30371 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh Zoo, Department of Agriculture Reach Settlement http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-zoo-department-agriculture-reach-settlement <p>The Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium has agreed to pay $4,550 to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, ending the agency's investigation into the death of a child who was fatally mauled after falling into the wild African Painted dog exhibit.</p><p>Barbara Baker, president and CEO of the Pittsburgh Zoo, said it’s the right time to take the next step.</p><p>“Safety is always our top priority,” she said in a written statement. “All of our exhibits meet the highest USDA and AZA standards and we will continue to work with both agencies to ensure those standards are met and exceeded.”</p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 13:17:45 +0000 Michael Lynch 24423 at http://wesa.fm Free Meals Available to Children on Summer Vacation http://wesa.fm/post/free-meals-available-children-summer-vacation <p>Many students rely on free and reduced price meals during the school year and still need help over the summer.</p><p>In 2012, the Department of Agriculture served 2.3 million children at 38,800 sites on a typical summer day through the Summer Food Service Program.&nbsp;</p><p>Free meals are available at sites all over the country to anyone 18 and under, or 21 and under if disabled, according to Cindy Moore of the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. People can go to any location — no registration or documentation is necessary.</p> Mon, 03 Jun 2013 19:48:49 +0000 Charlee Song 10686 at http://wesa.fm