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September is National Preparedness Month

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Disasters and emergencies can happen at any time, often without warning. Natural hazards threaten thousands of lives and cause billions of dollars in damage every year throughout the nation.


Decline in U.S. Slaughterhouse Numbers Continues

USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) published its 2015 Livestock Slaughter SummaryOn April 20, 2016, USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) published its 2015 Livestock Slaughter Summary; the data indicates further deterioration of U.S. slaughterhouse infrastructure. The total number of livestock slaughter plants (poultry plants are not included) under federal inspection declined from 881 to 808 between January 1, 2015 and January 1, 2016. There was a slight increase in the number of state-inspected/custom slaughter plants combined but not enough to offset the decline in the number of federal facilities. The total number of slaughter plants declined from 2,770 to 2,718.


Keep America Beautiful’s National Planting Day Kicks Off Sept. 10

National Planting DayKeep America Beautiful, the nation’s leading nonprofit which envisions a country where every community is a clean, green and beautiful place to live, is mobilizing Americans to bolster their local ecosystems by planting native species of trees, shrubs and plants for its fifth annual National Planting Day. National Planting Day, which will be observed on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016 and throughout the month of September, is a fall initiative of Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup, the nation’s largest community improvement program.


Five (or more) Things to Know about Bees and Beekeeping


Honeybees don’t see the color red, which means you rarely notice them heading for a red fruit or flower. They do see blue, green, yellow, orange, and ultraviolet.

It’s fun to play the numbers game with bees: For example, honeybees beat their wings 250 times a minute. A queen bee lays between 1,500 and 2,000 eggs a day. A single bee produces 1/12 teaspoon of honey in her lifetime. On an average two-to-three mile nectar-hunting trip, a bee visits between 50 and 100 flowers. Bees have five eyes and six legs. Bees are about 3/4 inch long.


Whole Kids Foundation raising money for school salad bars, gardens’s mission is to improve children’s access to fresh fruits and vegetables

Throughout September, Whole Foods Market shoppers can get involved by participating in one of hundreds of in-store events or by making donations at store checkouts or online at Because Whole Foods Market covers all of the foundation’s operational costs, 100 percent of every dollar donated directly supports Whole Kids Foundation programs. The campaign’s goal is to raise $4 million to fund school salad bars and gardens, and nutrition education classes for teachers.



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