November 8, 2016

  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 11/08/2016 by Amanda Bryant Culp
    NASDA Member Spotlight: Ryan Quarles, Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture

    As part of our centennial celebrations, NASDA is starting a new feature in NASDA News to highlight our members. This week's feature is likely one of our youngest members in NASDA's 100-year history, Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture Ryan Quarles.

    1. How do you start your day?
      I start my day by waking up and checking a couple of work emails and the news for any important information I need to know for the day. Then I go on social media to see what’s driving the conversation that day and for any interesting pieces of news. After that, I drive from my house in Georgetown to my office in Frankfort, enjoying the beautiful drive through one of Kentucky’s best agricultural attractions, horse country.
       
    2. Rumor has it that you are the youngest statewide elected official in the United States. What do you think is missing from the conversation when we don’t have young people at the table and in leadership roles?
      As a millennial, I think it is vitally ...
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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 11/08/2016 by Amanda Bryant Culp
    NASDA Honored with Ag Ambassador Award from CropLife America

    During the association’s 2016 Annual Meeting held last month in New Orleans, La., CropLife America (CLA), recognized exceptional member company employees, allies and staff with awards during the general session and farewell gala dinner on Tuesday, September 27. Award recipients were nominated by industry professionals and selected by CLA leadership. NASDA was awarded the Agriculture Ambassador Award which honors members of the media or allied organizations who have made a major contribution to the education of the public about crop protection and their contribution to a safe, affordable and abundant food supply.

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  • Charlie Ingram Posted on 11/08/2016 by Charlie Ingram
    NASS Regional Director Retires After 35-Years

    Arkansas Agriculture Secretary Wes Ward recently joined the NASS offices in Little Rock, Arkansas to recognize the 35-year career of Becky Cross, NASS Delta Regional Director, who retired on November 1.  Secretary Ward thanked Becky for her many years of service and the assistance she has provided to our NASS-NASDA cooperative agreement. Since 1972, NASDA has been a partner with NASS in providing timely, accurate and useful statistics to U.S. agriculture. Under our NASS-NASDA cooperative agreement, NASDA employs more than 3,000 enumerators across the country who collect agricultural data on behalf of NASS.

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 11/08/2016 by Amanda Bryant Culp

    CropLife America recently launched an online video campaign titled, “The Talk,” to encourage consumers to re-consider the importance of pesticide technology in growing healthy produce. Whether you can remember that nightmare conversation you had with your parents as a teenager or have had to talk with HR about an annoying co-worker, we can all remember uncomfortable-yet-important “talks” that have impacted our lives for the better. The conversation on why farmers use pesticides is another necessary talk to have, and CLA is sharing this message with consumers through a new video campaign.

    The four social media-focused videos include:

    • Backyard Barbecue - If Tiki torches were formulated to ward off party crashers, you’d never let the wicks go dry.
    • Office Pest - They may not have cause to fire him. Yet. But Gary in HR isn’t standing between America’s farmers and the pests who eat their crops.
    • Wild Oats - Want future generations to ...
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  • Bob  Ehart Posted on 11/08/2016 by Bob Ehart

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is publishing a draft guidance for industry entitled Draft Guidance for Industry: Questions and Answers Regarding Food Facility Registration. The 2016 Food Facility Registration biennial renewal period began on October 1 and will end on December 31, 2016. Food facilities that manufacture/process, pack or hold food for consumption in the United States are required to register with the FDA. The official Federal Register Notice will appear in the November 8, 2016 edition. The FSMA Final Rule: Amendments to the Registration of Food Facilities is also available. “Farms” are not considered “facilities” and are not required to register.

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 11/08/2016 by Amanda Bryant Culp
    West Virginia Veterans Access Local Fresh Produce With Programs Tied to SNAP EBT Nutrition

    By Gus Schumacher

    With Veterans Day around the corner, two Martinsburg registered dietitians  have found innovative ways to get fresh, local, affordable fresh fruits and vegetables to West Virginian Veterans.

    Barbara Hartman, MS, RD, LD,  and her colleague, Annemarie Price  at the Martinsburg VA Medical Center, have tapped federal nutrition programs to provide discounted fresh fruits and vegetables to Veterans, a group in which one in five  suffer from diabetes. In the process, they hope to improve their nutrition and health.

    These dietitians reached out to local farmers to get their produce into the cafeteria and onto patient food trays at the Martinsburg VA Medical Center. They also worked with the Veterans Administration  Canteen Service to set up a weekly farmers market at  their  Medical Center.

    They then worked with local farmers to offer a 14-week Community Supported Agriculture(CSA) program , in which consumers pay a fee to get regular ...

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  • Charlie Ingram Posted on 11/08/2016 by Charlie Ingram

    USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is seeking nominations to the Advisory Committee on Agriculture Statistics. Members of this Committee advise the Secretary of Agriculture on the scope, timing and content of periodic agricultural censuses, surveys of agriculture and other related industries. The committee also makes recommendations on the content of agriculture reports and represents the views and data needs of suppliers and users of agricultural statistics.

    “The Advisory Committee on Agriculture Statistics serves a vital role to the National Agricultural Statistics Service,” said Renee Picanso, Associate Administrator. “The committee is made up of a diverse panel of experts whose expertise and experiences we tap to keep current with data needs in the rapidly changing agricultural environment. Committee members also help keep NASS informed of emerging issues in the agriculture community that can affect our statistical activities.”

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  • Dudley W Hoskins Posted on 11/08/2016 by Dudley W Hoskins

    Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) awarded  more than $4.3 million to 48 American veterinarians to help repay a portion of their veterinary school loans in return for serving in areas lacking sufficient veterinary resources critical to America's food safety, food security, and to the health and well-being of animals and humans. The awards, made through NIFA's Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP), will fill shortage needs in 27 states.

    Studies indicate there are significant shortages of food animal veterinarians in certain areas of the nation and in high-priority specialty sectors that require advanced training, such as food safety, epidemiology, diagnostic medicine and public health. A leading cause for this shortage is the high cost of professional veterinary medical training that leaves current graduates of veterinary colleges with, on average, student loan debt of more than ...

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  • Dudley W Hoskins Posted on 11/08/2016 by Dudley W Hoskins

    Last week, United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Veterinary Services (VS) released the Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Program Standards Working Group Summary Document for review and comment. This document summarizes the work of a 12-member working group that included representatives from the farmed cervid industry, State animal health and wildlife officials, a prion science specialist, and VS representatives.

    The objectives of the working group were to identify changes that APHIS should consider for the CWD Program Standards and to describe additional options to consider for compliance with 9 CFR 55 and 81. Specific discussion topics included clarifying the purpose of the program standards, certified herd surveillance and compliance requirements, definitions, CWD susceptible species, ante-mortem testing, carcass disposal, epidemiology investigations and reporting, indemnity prioritization, and requirements for ...

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