United States Department of Agriculture
Open Government Initiative
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Public Feedback & Involvement, Tools & Strategies...

How can our agency encourage two-way conversations with the public to share ideas and expertise to improve our work? What specific tools and strategies should we use to encourage these public conversations?


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FSA POA interpretation burden

: Participation
: fsa poa
MORE MONEY SPENT ON POSTAGE: I have an FSA power of attorney for several people who own land and rent it out on cash rent to other people. I went to FSA and asked for a copy of the certification that the operators filed for the owner's land for whom ...
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Excess cheese: send it to CSC!

: Participation
: cheese, milk surplus, nutrition, refugee kitchen, needy, eating, sailing, windsurfing, recreation
why give Domino's millions to advertise cheesier pizza when that excess cheese could be sent to Cal Sailing Club, 124 University Ave, Berkeley CA 94710? Hungry sailors and windsurfers are anxious to receive that cheese at the Cal Sailing Club's refugee kitchen, an oasis of free food in a desert ...
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Child Nutrition Bill

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: update child nutrition bill
I know that Congress is lookin into update the child nutrition bill, but before than should sign off of it someone needs to look at all the loop holes in the old bill. These loop holes allow states to do what they want. For example some children can get feed ...
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Shouldn't the focus of this site be about jobs?

: Participation
: jobs, jobs, jobs
It would seem that this site, for at least the next year, ought to be focused on increasing rural jobs and using agriculture as a stimulus to bring the economy back. I don't see a category for what the President has listed as his most important item.
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Expand concept of this website. Not just open government.

: Participation
: website, ideas
The stated purpose of this website is to discuss people's ideas about USDA open government activities. Clearly, a lot of the ideas that users are submitting have nothing to do with this. So why not just add categories so that people who want to make suggestions about any USDA activity ...
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What's up with USDA Rural Tour?View Linked Idea

: Participation
: rural tour
Why won't your Rural Tour folks respond to email? Right there on the web page it reads, Join the Conversation, and Contact Us. I've posted to the former and written to the latter four times in ten months, and not once received a response. Here in northern California's western Marin ...
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Certified Auditors

: Participation
: auditors
The food industry is getting hammered by the cost of 3rd party auditing. Many companies devote one person full time just to deal with auditors. This is time that can not be used on food safety projects. Customers are demanding more audits to protect themselves and to comply with their ...
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STOP Genetically Modifying our Food Supply!

: Participation
: stop gmo, stop playing with seeds, sprays, dusts, animal foods
We thought DDT was great...

Eventually, we learned that Mad Cow does transmit to humans...

Please stop approving the industrialization of the American food supply. We are not auto parts. Healthy, locally grown foods, should be done as nature intended...not "genetically modified". ...
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What Kind Of Participation is the USDA Really Looking for.View Linked Idea

: Participation
: intention
What Kind of participation is the USDA looking for Really? What can it handle? How can we be more participatory in the communities verses online? The agency needs to have participatory meetings and idea boards outside of the virtual world. But what does that mean for employees and decision making? ...
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Demote Doesn't Always Mean It's Boring or Wrong!

: Participation
: demote, promote, opinions, comments, beginner, newbie
If we're newbies on the site (as we all are right now), we need to know that demote and promote does not always mean the subject is boring or over the top awesome. If the box says 0 but there are 20 comments, it may mean it's a highly discussed ...
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Treat Forestry Technicians and Professional as equalsView Linked Idea

: Participation
: collaboration
Forestry Technicians are treated as little more than menial workers who are utilized to do work on the ground, while professionals are trained to leadership positions within the agency. I am a technician and was put in and trained as a professional early in my career. However, the Forest Service ...
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How do you interact with USDA?View Linked Idea

: Participation
: meeting, interaction
How do you receive information from or interact with USDA? Do you prefer information via newsletters or our Website? In person meetings or virtual? Let us know what we're doing right, and what might work better!
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Encouraging local farms to participate in local farmers' market/coop

: Participation
: rural community, food cooperatives, weekly farmers' market ads
In my rural community, I attend the weekly farmers' market, buy other items from the food cooperative, and visit local farms.
I have the confidence that the food is local and fresh, pesticide free, much of it is organically grown, and it lasts by staying fresh until the next week' ...
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Michael Pollan

: Participation
: michael, pollan, organic, sustainability, real, food
U.S. regulators and consumers really need to pay attention to the ideas and philosophies of sustainable food thinkers such as Michael Pollan and Joel Salatin.
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Identifying Additives on Label / Pink Slime
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Do not deregulate genetically engineered (GE) alfalfa
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GMO'S ARE UNLABELED, UNTESTED AND DANGEROUS
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If anyone from the USDA reads this, please explain why you would do this
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All GMO
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NO GMOs
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Almond Irradiation
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STOP Approving poison gmo crops! Stop subsidizing gmo crops!
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Elimination of Puppy Mills
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Severe confinement
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APHIS NEEDS TO NOTIFY THE PUBLIC WHEN THEY GET A COMPLAINT ON ANY BIRD OR ANIMAL BEFORE THEY COME IN AND KILL THEM

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