Sacramento, California - In order to facilitate dialogue between different sectors of California agriculture about cooperation to prevent future foodborne illness outbreaks, the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is partnering with the University of California and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to bring the livestock and produce communities together for a series of workshops.

Washington, DC - Memorial Day kicks off the official start of summer. The U.S. Department of Agriculture wants to remind you to prevent foodborne illness before you light up that grill and pack up the cooler. Hot and humid weather combined with outdoor activities, provide the perfect environment for harmful bacteria to multiply on food and make people sick.

Yokosuka, Japan - The forward-deployed aircraft-carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), along with supporting Commander Task Force 70 units, began underway operations in the Indo-Pacific May 20.

Washington, DC - Monday, the Energy Department announced the first round of Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology (SBIR/STTR) program selections. The Solar Energy Technologies Office will award $200,000 to 23 companies to study the feasibility of their proposed projects and develop a proof of concept. This is the first phase of the funding program, which is designed to help small businesses commercialize new ideas.

Sacramento, California - Governor Gavin Newsom Tuesday announced the following appointments:

West Lafayette, Indiana - Heavy rain can overwhelm municipal infrastructure and lead to flooding that can threaten lives and property. The U.S. alone spends millions - and sometimes billions - of dollars per year on flood recovery, and more is spent around the world.