Kansas City, Missouri (NAPSI) - Whether raising a family or raising a crop, “farm moms” are the backbone of the family farm-and the nation.

Washington, DC - The Department of the Interior has signed a new Memorandum of Understanding with the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities that provides a cooperative framework for Interior and HACU to develop programs that engage the Hispanic community and Hispanic-Serving Institutions. The Bureau of Reclamation will manage the MOU for the Department.

Detroit, Michigan (NAPSI) - The Dow Chemical Company is opposing Proposal 3, the renewable energy constitutional amendment on the Michigan ballot on November 6. A recognized, global leader in sustainable energy use, conservation and the development of advanced energy solutions, the Midland-based manufacturer is concerned the proposed amendment is misguided in approach, focus and cost.

Washington, DC (NAPSI) - Studies show that proficient reading skills are crucial to academic success. Yet two-thirds of eighth graders do not read at the “proficient” level, according to the 2011 Nation’s Report Card, a report commissioned by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).

St. Louis, Missouri (NAPSI) - There’s good news for those who would like to shop in a way that helps to create jobs in the U.S. and promotes businesses that are kind to the environment.

Houston, Texas (NAPSI) - There’s helpful news for volunteers and programs looking for an opportunity to fight hunger. That’s good news for those in need of aid.

Houston, Texas (NAPSI) - By partnering with financial institutions-such as banks, credit unions and credit card companies and taking a few easy steps, you can help to protect yourself from fraud.