USDA Extends Deadline for Recording Farm Structure

Washington, DC - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a one-time, 30-day extension to the June 1 deadline for recording farm organization structures related to Actively Engaged in Farming determinations. This date is used to determine the level of interest an individual holds in a legal entity for the applicable program year. Farming operations will now have until July 1 to complete their restructuring or finalize any operational change.

NASA Telescopes Find Clues For How Giant Black Holes Formed So Quickly

Washington, DC - Using data from NASA’s Great Observatories, astronomers have found the best evidence yet for cosmic seeds in the early universe that should grow into supermassive black holes.

NIOSH resource helps older workers navigate safe driving

Washington, DC - CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) released a new web resource to help employers and workers adopt practices that keep workers age 55 or older safe on the road. The release coincides with Older Americans Month and aligns with the NIOSH Center for Motor Vehicle Safety’s goal to prevent work-related motor vehicle crashes and resulting injuries.

Proposed ESSA Regulation Supports Well-Rounded Education, Protects All Students

Washington, DC - In a major step toward implementing the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and providing important clarity for parents, students, and educators about the new law, U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. Thursday announced proposed regulations to implement the law’s accountability, data reporting, and state plan provisions. The regulations would replace the narrow, one-size-fits-all approach that defined ESSA’s predecessor, No Child Left Behind (NCLB), with new flexibility for states and districts; a more holistic approach to measuring a quality education that will help prepare all students for success; and strong protections to ensure the progress of all students.

Department of Energy Announces 14 New Projects for Window Efficiency Technologies

Washington, DC - The Energy Department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) today announced $31 million in funding for 14 projects as part of ARPA-E’s newest program: Single-Pane Highly Insulating Efficient Lucid Design (SHIELD). SHIELD project teams are developing innovative window coatings and windowpanes that could significantly improve the energy efficiency of existing single-pane windows in commercial and residential buildings.