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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 08/22/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced South Korea has agreed to lift a ban imposed in March that closed its market to American poultry and fresh eggs as a response to a spate of bird flu cases in the U.S.

    South Korea’s current policy is to impose a ban on all U.S. poultry in response to any detection of bird flu in the United States instead of limiting restrictions to imports from affected areas.  USDA officials are working with their counterparts in South Korea to take a regional approach to future import bans, which would be consistent with international guidelines, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said

    U.S. poultry exports to South Korea before the ban totaled $12 million, a $10 million increase over the same period of time last year, according to the USDA. The last full year that U.S. poultry exports didn’t face any HPAI related restrictions was 2014 where $122 million in U.S. poultry products were purchased, making South Korea the 10th largest export ...

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  • Nathan  Bowen Posted on 08/22/2017 by Nathan Bowen

    President Trump announced that the U.S. and Argentina have agreed to terms that will allow U.S. pork to enter the Argentine market for the first time since 1992. The United States is the world’s top pork exporter and this agreement opens up a potential $10 million per year market for U.S. pork producers.

    Argentina blocked pork exports in 1992 for animal health concerns. The new agreement will make all fresh, chilled, and frozen pork and pork products eligible for export to Argentina. Argentine food safety officials will visit the U.S. and conduct on-site verification of the U.S. meat inspection system.

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 08/22/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp

    USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue and USTR Representative Robert Lighthizer announced an agreement with Colombia to allow for expanded market access for U.S. paddy rice exports.

    A 2012 agreement previously enabled exports of U.S paddy rice to Colombia under strict and costly requirements relating to phytosanitary concerns. The new agreement lifts those requirements and expands access beyond the port of Barranquilla, which was the only port previously opened for U.S exporters.

    Colombia is the U.S.’s 12th largest export market for food and agricultural products and has seen a small but growing share of total U.S. rice exports, which reached $15 million in 2016.

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 08/22/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp

    The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) is accepting 2017 Specialty Crop Multi-State Program (SCMP) grant applications. The SCMP offers grants to project partners to solely enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops by funding collaborative, multi-state projects that address regional or national level specialty-crop issues including: food safety; plant pests and disease; research; crop-specific projects addressing common issues; and marketing and promotion. The program is funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Marketing Service (USDA-AMS).

    “With this particular grant program, the application process is a little different,” Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M., said. “Only participating state departments of agriculture submit applications for multi-state partner projects to the USDA for consideration.”

    Multi-state partners are encouraged to develop projects that bring together teams to ...

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 08/15/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp
    Kentucky: Commissioner Quarles Helps Deliver Freezers to Food Pantries in Five Eastern Kentucky Counties

    Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles brought a little hope to Eastern Kentucky’s less fortunate on Monday when he helped deliver freezers donated by Farm Credit Mid-America and CoBank to food pantries in five counties.

    “Thanks to the generosity of these agricultural lenders, food pantries throughout the Commonwealth will be able to accept donations of meats and other frozen foods,” Commissioner Quarles said. “This will enable the food pantries to help their clients get the proteins they need for a healthy, balanced diet. This is a giant step in the mission of the Kentucky Hunger Initiative to seek solutions to chronic food insecurity in Kentucky.”

    “The gift from Farm Credit Mid-America and CoBank thanks to Commissioner Quarles’ Hunger Initiative will substantially increase the ability of Kentucky’s food bank network to distribute donated agricultural products,” said Tamara Sandberg, executive director of the Kentucky Association ...

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  • Carly Grether Posted on 08/15/2017 by Carly Grether
    Save up to $130 by Registering for the Annual Meeting Before Saturday!

    Attendees of the upcoming 2017 NASDA Annual Meeting have the opportunity to save up to $130 if registered by the Friday, August 18 early-bird registration deadline. Click here for a summary of fees and more information about our upcoming event which includes numerous national and international agriculture leaders and a screening of the latest food documentary, FOOD EVOLUTION.

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 08/15/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp
    Farm Bureau: SNAP - It Ain't Just for Cities

    Writen by John Newton, Ph.D., Director, Market Intelligence and Bob Young, Chief Economist & Deputy Executive Director, Public Policy, American Farm Bureau Federation

    The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly the Food Stamp Program) is the nation's largest domestic food and nutrition assistance program for low-income Americans. Program participants include women, children, the elderly, and military veterans and their families. SNAP offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families and provides economic benefits to communities. People have long associated SNAP recipients with urban communities, especially when it comes to farm bill negotiations and the historical partnership between farm policy and nutrition programs. However, data reveal that residents of rural communities depend on SNAP as much as, and potentially more than, their urban counterparts.

    Each year, millions of low-income individuals and families receive ...

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  • Charlie Ingram Posted on 08/15/2017 by Charlie Ingram

    U.S. farmers are expected to produce a record-high soybean crop this year, according to the Crop Production report issued August 10 by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). Up 2 percent from 2016, soybean production is forecast at 4.38 billion bushels, while corn growers are expected to decrease their production by 7 percent from last year, forecast at 14.2 billion bushels.  

    Up 7 percent from last year, area for soybean harvest is forecast at a record 88.7 million acres with planted area for the nation estimated at a record-high 89.5 million acres, unchanged from the June estimate. Soybean yields are expected to average 49.4 bushels per acre, down 2.7 bushels from last year. Record soybean yields are expected in Delaware, Georgia, Kentucky, Missouri, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina.

    Average corn yield is forecast at 169.5 bushels per acre, down 5.1 bushels from last year. If realized, this will be the third highest yield and production on ...

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 08/15/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp

    Dr. Khadijeh (Homa) Anooshehpoor, Ph.D., recently joined the Nevada Department of Agriculture as Food and Nutrition division administrator. Dr. Anooshehpoor has more than 20 years of state service and teaching experience, and most recently she served as assistant director of the Nevada Department of Education’s School Improvement program.

    “Homa is a welcome addition to our leadership team, as she has a strong background working in the communities many of our nutrition programs serve,” NDA Director Jim Barbee said. “We are thrilled to have Homa continue her service to the state here at the NDA.”

    Prior to her state service, Dr. Anooshehpoor spent several years teaching coursework related to race, class and gender, family, sociology and social inequalities at the University of Nevada, Reno and Arizona State University (ASU). She has her Ph.D. from ASU, a master of arts from San Diego State University and a bachelor of arts from the University of Shiraz, ...

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  • Dudley W Hoskins Posted on 08/08/2017 by Dudley W Hoskins

    The open period announced for stakeholders to submit project suggestions to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) for fiscal year (FY) 2018 Farm Bill Section 10007 funding consideration closes on August 18, 2017.

    Under Section 10007 of the 2014 Farm Bill, APHIS is authorized to make available $75 million to support stakeholder project suggestions that best align with the goals and objectives of APHIS’ Plant Pest and Disease Management and Disaster Prevention Programs (PPDMDPP) and National Clean Plant Network (NCPN). APHIS began collecting PPDMDPP-aligned project suggestions from stakeholders beginning on July 10, 2017, and will continue to do so through August 18, 2017.  No additional suggested projects will be accepted for Section 10007 PPDMDPP funding for FY 2018 after August 18.  

    Project suggestions should align with one of the PPDMDPP goal areas:

    • Enhancing plant pest and disease analysis and survey;
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  • Britt  Aasmundstad Posted on 08/08/2017 by Britt Aasmundstad

    NASDA Members have an opportunity to impact NASDA's policy positions and actions at our upcoming Annual Meeting. Policy Amendments and Action Items should be submitted to Britt Aasmundstad (britt@nasda.org) by Friday, August 18. Items submitted after this date will require a 2/3 vote for consideration. Details on NASDA’s policy process and Policy Amendment/Action Item Forms are available online on the Pre-Meeting Documents page. For your reference, NASDA’s existing policy statements are available online. Please contact Britt with any questions about our policy process.

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 08/08/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp
    Early-Bird Registration Deadline 10 Days Away

    Register online for the 2017 NASDA - COSDA Annual Meeting by August 18 to recieve the early-bird registration rate. This don't miss event is the pinnacle of agricultural policy discussions in the states. NASDA Members from across the U.S. will gather to have critical policy discussions on emerging food and agricultural issues in the heart of New Orleans! Attendees will be immersed in the culture of Louisiana's farm and forest industries which contribute $10 billion annually to the state's economy.

    Information on fees, including deadlines and refund policies, can be found here.

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  • Carly Grether Posted on 08/08/2017 by Carly Grether
    Apply Now for Competitive Internship Opportunity at NASDA

    NASDA is currently seeking applications for highly motivated public policy interns interested in learning about the legislation and regulations that impact American agriculture. There is one internship position available per semester and we are accepting applications for the upcoming spring semester (January - May). The deadline to apply for this semester is October 27, 2017. This full-time position is located in Arlington, Virginia.

    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.

    Please click here for more information.

    Interns are paid for their time at NASDA but housing is not provided.

    Submit the following documents to Carly Grether carly@nasda.org on or before October 27, 2017. Please note: All of the following documents are required to be considered:

    • Cover letter
    • Resume with GPA included
    • One ...
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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 08/01/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp
    Florida: Commissioner Adam Putnam Names Dr. Martha Rhodes Roberts as 2017 Woman of the Year in Agriculture

    Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam recently announced that Dr. Martha Rhodes Roberts has been named the 2017 Woman of the Year in Agriculture. Dr. Roberts dedicated 35 years of service to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, where she championed policy changes for the advancement of Florida's agriculture industry, trade and production practices. The award, now in its 33rd year, recognizes women who have made outstanding contributions to Florida agriculture.

    “I'm honored to name Dr. Roberts the 2017 Woman of the Year in Agriculture,” said Commissioner Adam H. Putnam. “During her tenure with the department, Dr. Roberts advanced Florida agriculture.”

    Dr. Roberts was born in Oxford, Mississippi, and later moved to Gainesville, Georgia, where she attended Blue Ridge High School and participated in the 4-H Club. Roberts graduated summa cum laude from North Georgia College, and she continued her studies at the University of ...

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 08/01/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp
    WUSATA Board Travels to Myanmar, Malaysia

    The Western United States Trade Association (WUSATA) executive board visited Myanmar and Malaysia last month to determine future trade opportunities. The visit provide the board with an opportunity to learn more about Malaysia and Myanmar (Burma) markets, build business relationships, or continue to develop existing business relationships.

    Southeast Asia is one of the fastest growing areas in the world with a regional GDP expected to reach approximately $1.9 trillion in 2020. According to USDA, “Malaysia purchased nearly $1 billion worth of agricultural products from the United States during the 2014 fiscal year. Overall, U.S. farm and food exports to the country have grown 78 percent in the past five years.” Exports to Myanmar also present a growth opportunity for U.S. exporters. With a population of over 50 million people and a growing economy, Myanmar’s emerging market is expected to see an increase in purchasing power that will drive demand for imports.

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 08/01/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) recently announced that $1 million in competitive grant funding is available for the Acer Access and Development Program (Acer).  This program supports the efforts of states, tribal governments, and research institutions to promote the domestic maple syrup industry.

    Activities eligible for support include:  promotion of research and education related to maple syrup production; promotion of natural resource sustainability in the maple syrup industry; market promotion for maple syrup and maple-sap products; encouragement of owners and operators of privately held land containing species of trees in the genus Acer to initiate or expand maple-sugaring activities on the land or to voluntarily make the land available, including by lease or other means, for access by the public for maple-sugaring activities.

    Please review the Request for Applications on the AMS website for details about ...

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 08/01/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp
    Oklahoma: EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt Attends Town Hall in Oklahoma Panhandle

    EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt recenntly met with local area farmers from Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas to discuss the repeal and clarification of the 2015 Waters of the United States Rule (WOTUS).

    With the February Executive Order to revise or rescind the 2015 Waters of the United States Rule, newly appointed EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is taking strides to clarifying this rule by sitting down with agriculturalist across the country to hear their concerns. Administrator Pruitt has traveled to over 15 states, and appeared for a town hall meeting in Guymon, Oklahoma.

    More than 90 local farmers and ranchers from the surrounding area attended this town hall meeting Thursday (July 27) at the Hitch Enterprise Annex building.

    Administrator Pruitt opened the meeting by sharing his plan for the Environmental Protection Agency and the direction he sees the agency going in the next four years. He is focusing on the process of hearing the concerns of the people and taking this into ...

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 08/01/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp
    Idaho: Western Agriculture Leaders Conclude Successful Policy Conference Featuring National and Global Leaders

    The Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) concluded today a regional meeting focused on agricultural trade, regulation, and environmental policy and featuring national and global agriculture leaders.

    Idaho Agriculture Director Celia Gould hosted in Sun Valley, Idaho the annual meeting of the Western Association of State Departments of Agriculture (WASDA), which includes agriculture directors from 15 western states and territories.

    Gould was pleased to host a historic meeting with Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Lawrence MacAulay, who addressed the importance of the agricultural trade relationship enjoyed by the U.S. and Canada. Speaking to trade as the engine of shared prosperity between the two countries, Minister MacAulay called the significant trade relationship strong, balanced and beneficial. He noted that two-thirds of states in the U.S. count Canada as their No. 1 trade partner, and spoke to the opportunities in North American Free Trade Agreement ...

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 08/01/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp
    Intern Perspective: A Critical Time for Agricultural Advocacy

    Written by Alex Noffsinger

    Being a successful agricultural advocate means engaging a broad range of people from all parts of the country and from all different backgrounds of life. This is one of the most important lessons I have learned from my internship this summer at NASDA.

    I did not grow up on a farm, and I was not a member of 4H or FFA. Although my mother and many of my uncles work in Michigan agri-business, I never envisioned myself wanting to work within the world of agricultural policymaking. I decided to study Social Relations and Policy at Michigan State University because I knew I was interested in public affairs, and learning about the policymaking process within a liberal arts setting was what I thought would prepare me best for a career in public affairs. It wasn’t until the summer between my sophomore and junior years that I fell in love with agricultural policy.

    As a Demmer Scholar, I was placed with the Minority Staff of the U.S. Senate Agriculture ...

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