November 22, 2016

  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 11/22/2016 by Amanda Bryant Culp
    Happy Thanksgiving from NASDA

    The NASDA family wishes you a very happy Thanksgiving! We hope your table is surrounded with love and laughter from your family and filled with the bounties of America's hard-working farmers and ranchers.

    In the spirit of thankfulness, please don't forget to participate in Giving Tuesday, on November 29. You can donate funds to groups such as the Animal Agriculture Alliance, Agriculture Future of America, Farmer Veteran Coalition, or an organization in your local community.

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 11/22/2016 by Amanda Bryant Culp
    NASDA Member Spotlight: LuAnn Adams, Utah 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 Utah Commissioner of Agriculture LuAnn Adams.

    1. How do you start your day?
      I still live in the same little ranching community where my husband and I raised our family so I have to wake up at 4:30am in order to beat traffic and get to work in Salt Lake City every morning. Getting up so early isn’t difficult for me though, I’m used to it because I was raised on a farm and my family has been in the farming and ranching business all of my life. I am usually on the phone while driving to the office and almost always arrive by 6:30 or 7am. Once I arrive I spend about 30 minutes going through emails and getting ready for the day. Most days I spend in and out of meetings dealing with a wide variety of issues. It is a demanding schedule but I absolutely love what I’m doing.
       
    2. What do you think is missing from the conversation when ...
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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 11/22/2016 by Amanda Bryant Culp

    The USDA recently announced that the U.S. Forest Service has identified an additional 36 million dead trees across California since its last aerial survey in May 2016. This brings the total number of dead trees since 2010 to over 102 million on 7.7 million acres of California's drought stricken forests. In 2016 alone, 62 million trees have died, representing more than a 100 percent increase in dead trees across the state from 2015. Millions of additional trees are weakened and expected to die in the coming months and years.

    With public safety as its most pressing concern, the U.S. Forest Service has committed significant resources to help impacted forests, including reprioritizing $43 million in California in fiscal year 2016 to conduct safety-focused restoration along roads, trails and recreation sites. However, limited resources and a changing climate hamper the Forest Service's ability to address tree mortality in California. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Forest ...

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  • Charlie Ingram Posted on 11/22/2016 by Charlie Ingram

    USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is surveying 16,000 farmers and ranchers across the country through February 2017 about their conservation and production practices on cultivated and non-cultivated farmland. The results of the 2016 National Resources Inventory-Conservation Effects Assessment Project (NRI-CEAP) survey will further document on-farm conservation accomplishments and develop science-based solutions that help farmers and ranchers improve the environment.

    The survey will measure the environmental benefits associated with installing and using conservation practices on agricultural land,” said NASS Administrator Hubert Hamer. “Responses to the survey can directly benefit producers themselves by helping leaders focus on what producers need to install conservation practices that are best for their operations environmentally and financially.”

    Over the past several months, NASS contacted 25,000 farmers and ranchers to determine if ...

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 11/22/2016 by Amanda Bryant Culp

    The American Farm Bureau Federation's 31st annual informal price survey of classic items found on the Thanksgiving Day dinner table indicates the average cost of this year's feast for 10 is $49.87, a 24-cent decrease from last year's average of $50.11.

    The big ticket item - a 16-pound turkey - came in at a total of $22.74 this year. That's roughly $1.42 per pound, a decrease of 2 cents per pound, or a total of 30 cents per whole turkey, compared to 2015.

    "Consumers will pay less than $5 per person for a classic Thanksgiving dinner this year," AFBF Director of Market Intelligence Dr. John Newton said. "We have seen farm prices for many foods - including turkeys - fall from the higher levels of recent years. This translates into lower retail prices for a number of items as we prepare for Thanksgiving and confirms that U.S. consumers benefit from an abundant, high-quality and affordable food supply."

    The AFBF survey shopping list includes turkey, ...

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  • Dudley Hoskins Posted on 11/22/2016 by Dudley Hoskins

    Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) awarded $9.4 million to support 25 research and outreach projects that will help mitigate pests, weeds and diseases on farms and in communities. The awards are made through NIFA's Crop Protection and Pest Management Program (CPPM) and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program which have awarded more than $64.5 million since 2014.

    NIFA's CPPM and IPM investments are made through several programs. The Applied Research and Development Program Area (ARDP), which invests in high priority pest management projects that encourage adoption and implementation of new IPM technologies. The Promoting IPM in Affordable Housing grant provides IPM technical assistance services and training sessions to public housing authorities and other housing providers. The Methyl Bromide Transition (MBT) program helps to discover and implement practical and environmentally friendly pest management ...

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  • Dudley Hoskins Posted on 11/22/2016 by Dudley Hoskins

    A working group at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) has finalized its report on proposed changes to improve the efficiency of approvals for the use of multiple new animal drugs in combination drug medicated feeds, while still protecting public health. These proposed changes are consistent with a performance goal in the Animal Drug User Fee Amendments of 2013 (ADUFA III) goals letter and are based on public comment. This report will be used in discussions concerning the reauthorization of the animal drug user fee program for five additional years through fiscal year 2023 (ADUFA IV).

    As required by the Animal Drug Availability Act (ADAA), the use of multiple new animal drugs in the same medicated feed, also known as a combination drug medicated feed, requires animal drug sponsors to seek approval for each new animal drug used in the combination, and to seek separate approval for the combination drug itself.  The proposed changes fall ...

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  • Dudley Hoskins Posted on 11/22/2016 by Dudley Hoskins

    FDA posted a video explaining the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) changes and providing an overview of the requirements in the VFD regulation.  Starting January 1, 2017, medically important antimicrobials in medicated feed will become VFD drugs, and the resulting VFD feed must be authorized by a licensed veterinarian and distributed and used in compliance with the VFD regulation.  Also, animal producers will no longer be able to use these VFD feeds for growth promotion or feed efficiency.

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 11/22/2016 by Amanda Bryant Culp

    The Agricultural Safety and Health Council of America (ASHCA) will make available safety grants for 2017.  These grants, generally $10,000 or less, are intended to encourage ag safety interventions at the local and regional level which promise potential for widespread adoption and use across the agriculture industry.

    ASHCA, a not-for-profit coalition of agribusinesses, producer organizations and safety professionals, has set a letter of intent deadline of December 15, 2016. The letter of intent form is available at http://ashca.org/programs/safety-grants/2017-safety-grants/letter-of-intent-form/.  Information regarding eligibility, priorities, application instructions and frequently asked questions is available at http://ashca.org/programs/safety-grants/2017-safety-grants/.

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 11/22/2016 by Amanda Bryant Culp
    Oklahoma: Department of Agriculture Plans Ahead for Animal Emergencies

    Wild weather is nothing new in Oklahoma. The Sooner State frequently experiences severe storms, tornadoes and wildfires. The state has a good record of responding quickly to natural disasters including earthquakes, but what happens if many disasters occur on the same day across the state? Will local emergency managers and state agencies be prepared to handle them all?

    That was the challenge facing city, county, and state emergency managers who participated in the annual Earth, Wind and Fire exercise coordinated by the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management. More than two dozen state and federal agencies, utilities and charitable organizations shared their expertise and contributed to the success of the event. The purpose of the exercise was to evaluate the ability of state agencies to communicate with local emergency operations centers acting on their local emergency plans.

    The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry (ODAFF) is among the key agencies involved in ...

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 11/22/2016 by Amanda Bryant Culp
    Vermont Products a Hit in Japan

    How about some smoked maple syrup with that yakitori? And some Vermont hard cider to wash it down? Japanese consumers may soon see more Vermont products on the menu, thanks to a successful trade mission led by Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, Jolinda LaClair. Eight of Vermont’s premier specialty food and beverage companies, including maple, cheese, cider and spirits traveled to Tokyo with the Deputy Secretary during the last week in October. The trip was co-organized by Susan Murray, Director of the U.S. Commercial Service Vermont Export Assistance Center, and Food Export USA, a non-profit trade promotion organization based in Philadelphia.

    While many Japanese consumers may not yet be familiar with the Vermont brand, the product attributes they are looking for align well with what Vermont has to offer: high-quality, healthy, organic, and beautifully packaged food and drink are in demand. Japan is the third largest consumer of maple syrup, after the U.S. and Canada, and the U.S. ...

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