What A Day: You Can’t Look Away
It only takes a minute for disaster to ensue. While this operator was watching her daughter and grandson play, the truck bed engaged, spilling an entire load of popcorn. Don’t ever take your eye off the popcorn.
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Celebrate 2015 as the International Year of Soils
To highlight the importance of soil in food production and biodiversity preservation, the United Nations has designated 2015 as the International Year of Soils.
“Most people don’t realize that just beneath their feet lies a diverse, complex, life-giving ecosystem that sustains our entire existence,” said Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack at a USDA event in January. “There are more living organisms in a single teaspoon of healthy soil than there are people on the earth.”
The health and vitality of soils is rooted in four basic tenants of soil health management: minimize disturbance; keep soil covered; energize soil with plant diversity; and maximize living roots. “That is the recipe for a healthy, happy and productive soil system,” Vilsack said.
USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is partnering with Soil Science Society of America to celebrate soil in monthly themes and videos. For more information and to watch the videos, visit www.usda.gov.
Energy, from crude oil to natural gas, makes the world turn:
681.4 billion cubic meters of natural gas produced in the U.S., the leader in production
669.7 billion cubic meters of natural gas produced in Russia, which ranks second in production
11.73 million barrels per day of crude oil produced in Saudi Arabia, the leader in production
11.11 million barrels per day of crude oil produced in the U.S., which ranks second in production
18.45 million barrels per day of refined petroleum produced in the U.S., the leader in production
12.05 million barrels per day of refined petroleum produced in the European Union, which ranks second in production