Emerging Tech

Government Seeks ‘Dog-Like,’ Throwable and Other Robots

Several recent notices and announcements point to agencies’ ongoing and planned use of the futuristic machines.

Policy

Bill Would Prompt USDA Intelligence Office to Probe Foreign Threats to America’s Agriculture

The legislation comes amid reports of Americans receiving and planting unsolicited “mystery seeds” reportedly arriving from China.

Emerging Tech

USDA Makes New Move in Broad Effort to Bring Innovative Tech to America’s Farmers

The agriculture-focused agency wants public input on potentially disruptive, existing assets to consider.

Digital Government

‘Invest in Yourself,’ Female Federal CISOs Tell Women Seeking Cyber Jobs

Three female federal chief information security officers discussed how women can advance their careers in the cybersecurity field at a Wednesday webinar.

Modernization

USDA Unveils Fresh Round of Farmers.gov Updates

New features on the Farmers.gov portal include a dashboard to help farmers track H-2A related application decisions in real time. 

Modernization

Agriculture Funds More than $1 Billion in Projects to Boost Rural Infrastructure

The broadband and electric investments aim to benefit more than 1.5 million businesses and residents.

Modernization

USDA Wants Feedback from 2 Million Customers

Consider it the agency’s latest move in its efforts to put the farmer first.

Emerging Tech

FDA Unveils Next Step on its Journey to Develop a Safer Food System

Insiders say it’s time to leverage emerging technologies and innovative approaches to strengthen and protect food traceability across America.

Digital Government

Agriculture Wants Store-Level Data on All of America’s Grocery Retailers

The agency plans to use the data to make sure everyone in the country has affordable access to healthy food.

Emerging Tech

Agencies Work to Embrace—and Secure—the Internet of Things

Inside officials shared their lessons learned and concerns around the evolving connectivity.

Ideas

4 CX Lessons Federal Agencies Can Learn from Their Peers

There are several agencies making major strides in the CX space and other agencies could learn a thing or two from their CX programs.

Modernization

How Agriculture Plans to Boost Its IT Workforce

The department plans to reskill employees for a data-heavy future and create a CIO development program.

Modernization

USDA Launches Tool to Match Farmers to the Loans They Need

The latest tool on farmers.gov helps take the mystery out of the loan application process.

Modernization

How an Agriculture App that Spills the Dirt on Soil Got a Second Life

The department’s barebones SoilWeb app grew a following until app stores changed their rules in 2017. Now it’s back.