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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 04/25/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp
    South Dakota: Celebrating Earth Day by Doing Our Part

    By Mike Jaspers, South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture

    Spring is upon us here in South Dakota! The pastures are greening; lambing and calving are under way; and planting is just around the corner. The weather is getting nicer allowing all of us to spend some more time outside, enjoying the beauty South Dakota has to offer. Whether fishing on the Missouri, checking calves from horseback or simply listening to the birds while enjoying a morning cup of coffee, we have much to appreciate and enjoy. We also all have a responsibility to do our part to protect our natural resources so that our kids, grandkids and their grandkids can enjoy the beauty of our great state. That is a responsibility producers and your department of agriculture take very seriously.

    Although for those of us in agriculture who depend on the land for our livelihood, every day is Earth Day, this year we officially celebrate Earth Day April 22. From a young age, we have all learned about the importance of recycling. ...

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 04/25/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp

    When first passed in 1933, the Farm Bill (then known as the Agricultural Adjustment Act) was designed to incentivize struggling growers to produce more food for Americans suffering from the Great Depression. Although that time has long since passed, America’s farmers and ranchers continue to face challenges ranging from volatile market prices to erratic weather patterns.

    Take, for example, California’s historic drought: according to economic analyses conducted by UC Davis, California’s drought caused $5.6 billion in losses to the state’s agricultural economy in its final three years. For California’s farmers and ranchers, the farm bill not only provides a healthy safety net, but more importantly, peace of mind.

    Specifically, three titles within the Farm Bill help create a strong safety net for our farmers and ranchers: commodities, crop insurance and trade.

    To read the full blog post, click here.

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 04/25/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp

    Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey and North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture Steve Troxler, along with former California Commissioner of Food & Agriculture A.G. Kawamura and a host of other farm leaders, joined President Donald Trump for a Farmer Roundtable at the White House this afternoon. Secretary Northey and Commissioner Troxler highlighted the challenges, and opportunities, in food production.

    The meeting came on the verge of an Executive Order from President Trump acknowledging the importance of agriculture to national security and propserity.

    The Executive Order specifically establishes an interagency task force to be chaired by Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. The task force is ordered to identify legislative, regulatory, or policy changes to promote American agriculture, economic development, job growth, infrastructure improvements, technological innovation, energy security, and quality of life in rural America. The report from the task force is due ...

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 04/25/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp

    Last week, an EPA rule on air emissions from animal waste was vacated, EPA sought regulatory review , President Trump took action on dairy, a new EO was signed that will affect foreign labor, and the Senate Finance Committee voted to back the USTR nominee. Here’s the review:

    • A 2008 EPA rule that exempted all animal feeding operations from reporting air emissions from animal waste was vacated. The previous rule that requires any animal feeding operation of any size and with air emissions of ammonia in excess of 100 lbs per day will go into effect after 45 days, unless a rehearing is sought.
    • A Federal Register Notice was posted by the EPA requesting suggestions on regulations that may be up for repeal, replacement, or modification. The comment period will close on May 15th.
    • President Trump vowed to stand up for American dairy following NASDA and the dairy industry urging him to take action on a Canadian pricing program.
    • An executive order penned “Buy American, Hire ...
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  • Dudley W Hoskins Posted on 04/25/2017 by Dudley W Hoskins
    LEADelaware Visits NASDA Office to Discuss Farm Bill & Other Policy Issues

    Holly Porter, Deputy Principal Assistant for the Delaware Department of Agriculture, brought the LEADelaware  Class IV to the NASDA offices for a lunch-and-learn to discuss the upcoming Farm Bill and share insights on a range of policy issues, including but not limited to: animal health, tax reform, weed resistance, conservation, Title I programs, nutrient management, and cultivating the next generation of Ag Leaders.  We thank Holly and J.T. for their time and leadership, and we always appreciate the opportunity to visit with state leaders when they are in town!

    Pictured Left to Right (Back Row): Dan Bautista, Univ of DE Poultry Veterinarian; Brooks Cahall, DNREC Environmental Program Manager; Blake Moore, DE Dept of Ag Environmental Scientist; J.T. Carpenter III, Farmer; and Dan Severson, Univ of DE Extension Agent. (Front Row): Lacie Dotterweich, NASDA Intern; Holly Porter, De Dept of Ag Dep Asst; Claire Cooper, Sussex Conservation Dist Conservation Planner; Samantha ...

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  • Dudley W Hoskins Posted on 04/25/2017 by Dudley W Hoskins

    USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced Animal Welfare inspection reports involving business entities that occurred after the Agency restricted the public’s access to the search tool for the Animal Care Inspection System on Feb. 3, 2017, while the Agency conducts a comprehensive review of the information on its website.  The newly posted inspection reports involve inspections that occurred between January 10 and March 24, 2017. 

    As part of the comprehensive review of information, APHIS is continuing to closely review animal inventories that accompany inspection reports.  For this reason, the newly posted inspection reports do not include animal inventories, though APHIS intends to make information regarding animal inventories available again in the future.  Consistent with the agency’s procedures for allowing time to consider and incorporate additional information, as appropriate, developed during appeals of ...

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  • Carly  Grether Posted on 04/18/2017 by Carly Grether

    By Lacie Dotterweich, Policy Intern, NASDA

    Last week, NASDA and dairy industry stakeholders asked President Trump to take action on Canadian dairy. Additionally, NASDA hosted a reception honoring AgriCorp. Here’s the review:

    • NASDA and dairy organizations sent a letter to President Trump asking him to take action against Canada’s disregard for NAFTA trade obligations.
    • The Senate Agriculture Committee will hold a farm bill hearing on May 6 at a Michigan State University research and extension center, focusing on specialty crops, organics, and urban farming.
    • APHIS-Wildlife Services has suspended the use of M-44 sodium cyanide in Idaho.
    • NASDA, National 4-H Council, FFA, and American Farm Bureau Federation held a reception to honor AgriCorps

     

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  • Dudley W Hoskins Posted on 04/18/2017 by Dudley W Hoskins

    Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced $462,000 in available funding to decrease the impact of disasters through cooperative extension programming. Funding is made through NIFA's Smith-Lever Special Needs Competitive Grants Program (SLSNCGP).

    The Smith-Lever Special Needs Competitive Grants Program supports quality of life in communities across the United States by addressing disaster preparedness, response, and recovery in the context of food, agriculture, natural resources, and human sciences. SLSNCGP provides information and tools to USDA, stakeholders, and collaborators to improve decision-making in handling disasters. SLSNCGP sponsors targeted projects that enable the Cooperative Extension Service to assist in preparing for, providing an educational response to, and recovering from disasters.

    Eligibility is limited to 1862 land-grant institutions in the 50 states and the U.S. territories, ...

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  • Dudley W Hoskins Posted on 04/18/2017 by Dudley W Hoskins

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is making available for public comment a draft Environmental Assessment (EA) prepared in connection with a permit application for the field release of genetically engineered (GE) diamondback moths.

    The moths are genetically engineered for repressible female lethality and to express red fluorescence as a marker. The purpose of the proposed field release is to assess the feasibility and efficacy of these moths in reducing populations of diamondback moth, a known plant pest and serious threat to agriculture. The draft EA will be available for a 30-day public review and comment period upon publication of their availability in the Federal Register on April 19, 2017.  APHIS will consider all public comments received on or before May 19, 2017.  The associated documents can be viewed on the BRS News Webpage.

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  • Carly  Grether Posted on 04/18/2017 by Carly Grether

    (From left to right) Nathan Bowen, Public Policy Director, Lacie Dotterweich, Policy Intern, and Cameron Rhea, Administrative Assistant, were invited to attend the White House Easter Egg Roll in Washington, D.C. on April 17 to commemorate the holiday and tradition. 

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  • Carly  Grether Posted on 04/18/2017 by Carly Grether

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) shared a conversation that was posted to their website between the New York Commissioner of Agriculture and Markets’ Richard Ball, the Association of Food and Drug Officials’ Executive Director Joe Corby, and the Agency’s Acting Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine Erik Mettler on the FDA-State Partnership to Keep Food Safe. To view the conversation, please click here

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 04/11/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp
    NASDA Members Talk Partnerships with New EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt

    Today NASDA held a meeting with the Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt and Ray Starling, Special Assistant for Agriculture, Trade and Food Assistance at the White House. A regionally diverse group of NASDA Members attended including Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture & Forestry and NASDA President Dr. Mike Strain, Indiana Director of Agriculture Ted McKinney, Connecticut Commissioner of Agriculture Steve Reviczky, and New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte.

    NASDA Members conversed with Administrator Pruitt on one of the association's key priorities for the year: cooperative federalism. NASDA highlighted the need for a more robust partnership and role for the states in federal policymaking and full funding for federal mandates for which states act as co-regulators. NASDA members also thanked the administrator for recent actions on Chlorpyrifos and the Waters of the United States.

    NASDA members also highlighted the importance of ...

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  • Carly Grether Posted on 04/11/2017 by Carly Grether
    Iowan Lacie Dotterweich Serving NASDA as Spring Intern

    Iowan Lacie Dotterweich is currently serving as NASDA's spring agricultural policy intern.

    Lacie, an eastern Iowa native, is currently a junior at Iowa State University double majoring in Agriculture & Society and Public Relations. Lacie spends her extra time getting involved with Delta Gamma Fraternity, Public Relations Student Society of America, the Student Government Public Relations Committee and the Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow Club. Prior to joining NASDA, Lacie interned for Iowa State University Extension & Outreach assisting county staff with 4-H programs, and the county fair. Growing up near her grandparents mixed crop – livestock farm, Lacie has a passion for agriculture and is dedicated to learning as much as she can about agricultural policy and how it affects agriculture across the nation.

    Lacie has spent the first half of her internship attending congressional hearings, doing research to advance NASDA's policy goals, and writing content ...

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  • Carly Grether Posted on 04/11/2017 by Carly Grether

    NASDA is seeking interns for the fall semester, beginning in August and ending in December of 2017. Fall interns will be heavily involved in the NASDA Annual Meeting, and will get the chance to travel to New Orleans, LA in September! NASDA, headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, is seeking highly motivated students interested about the legislation and regulations that impact American agriculture. Applicants should be classified as a sophomore or greater by their academic institution and have excellent written and oral communication skills. A basic understanding of the legislative process is preferred but not required. This internship provides a monthly stipend but housing is not provided. Start and end dates are flexible. The deadline to apply is Monday, May 22, 2017. Click here to learn how to apply. Please contact Carly Grether at carly@nasda.org if you have any questions.

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 04/11/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp

    USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has expanded the hours of its Meat and Poultry Hotline and their "Ask Karen" online chat service. Consumers can speak to a hotline food expert at 1-888-674-6854 from 10 AM to 6 PM Eastern time.

    This toll-free telephone service, which began July 1, 1985, helps prevent foodborne illness by answering questions about the safe storage, handling, and preparation of meat, poultry, and egg products.USDA FSIS has regulatory authority over all meat and poultry products.

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  • Carly Grether Posted on 04/11/2017 by Carly Grether

    Regional meeting season at NASDA is quickly approaching and hotel reservations and event registration are now available! NASDA's regional meetings are smaller, more intimate events held throughout the summer to discuss regional policy issues. Learn about all of NASDA's upcoming events at www.nasda.org/events.aspx. Please contact Carly Grether at carly@nasda.org with questions.

    SASDA Annual Meeting
    June 4-7
    Nashville, TN

    NEASDA Annual Meeting
    June 12-15
    Cooperstown, NY
    (Hotel | Event Registration)
    May 12: Deadline to book your hotel and receive the early-bird registration rate

    MASDA Annual Meeting
    June 19-22
    Cleveland, OH
    (Hotel | Event Registration)
    May 22: Deadline to book your hotel and receive the early-bird registration rate

    WASDA Annual Meeting
    July 23-28
    Sun Valley, ID
    (Hotel | Event Registration)
    June 15: Deadline to book your hotel and receive the early-bird registration rate

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  • Dudley W Hoskins Posted on 04/11/2017 by Dudley W Hoskins

    APHIS announced the availability of a new factsheet titled “Questions and Answers: Moving Baled Hay From Areas Under Quarantine for Imported Fire Ant”  for those buying, selling, or producing baled hay.  This publication contains useful information for farmers, ranchers, hay growers, and suppliers, especially those who are responding to recent wildfires in Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas and are seeking critical feed sources for livestock.  It is APHIS’ goal to help support commerce and the movement of hay, while guarding against the further spread of the imported fire ant.  Click here to open the factsheet.

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  • Dudley W Hoskins Posted on 04/11/2017 by Dudley W Hoskins

    Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced $4.2 million in available funding to help eligible veterinarians repay a portion of their veterinary school loans in return for serving in areas of the United States lacking sufficient veterinary resources. Funding is made through NIFA’s Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP), authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.

    Recipients are required to commit to three years of veterinary service in a designated veterinary shortage area. A map of veterinary service shortage areas by state is available online. Loan repayment benefits are limited to payments of the principal and interest on government and commercial loans received for attendance at an American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)-accredited college of veterinary medicine resulting in a degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine or the equivalent.

    Eligible applicants:

    • Have a degree of Doctor of ...
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  • Dudley W Hoskins Posted on 04/11/2017 by Dudley W Hoskins

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced it has preliminarily determined it will extend deregulation to Bayer CropScience’s canola genetically engineered (GE) for male sterility and herbicide resistance.

    APHIS previously reviewed and deregulated these GE traits in other varieties of GE canola. APHIS prepared a plant pest risk similarity assessment (PPRSA), draft environmental assessment (EA), preliminary finding of no significant impact (FONSI), and a preliminary determination of non-regulated status. These documents will be available for a 30-day public review and comment period upon publication of their availability in the Federal Register on April 12, 2017. APHIS will consider all public comments received on or before May 12, 2017. A copy of the extension request, supporting documents, and a link to provide public comments can be found on the News and Information page of the BRS website.

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  • Charlie Ingram Posted on 04/11/2017 by Charlie Ingram

    Producers surveyed across the United States intend to plant an estimated 89.5 million acres of soybeans in 2017, up 7 percent from last year and a record high, according to the Prospective Plantings report released March 31 by the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). If realized, soybeans will surpass the previous record of 83.4 million acres planted in the United States last year.

    Planted acreage intentions for soybeans are up or unchanged in 27 of the 31 estimating states. The largest increase is expected in Kansas with 5 million acres, an increase of 950,000 acres from 2016. If realized, the planted area of soybeans in Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, and Wisconsin will be the largest on record.

    Corn growers intend to plant 90 million acres in 2017, down 4 percent from last year, but 2 percent higher than in 2015. Expected returns for corn are anticipated to be ...

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