December 13, 2016

  • Carly  Grether Posted on 12/13/2016 by Carly Grether
    NASDA Member Spotlight: Secretary Ben Brancel, Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection

    As part of our centennial celebrations, NASDA is starting a new feature in NASDA News to highlight our members. This week's feature is Wisconsin Secretary of Agriculture Ben Brancel Secretary Brancel at a recent event of the cutting of the White House Christmas tree. 

    1. How do you start your day?
    A trip to the barn checking on the activities of the farm. In the office, it varies. One day it is to check e-mails. Another day it will be employees of the agency waiting to talk with me. Another day it may be in a car heading to an event or a meeting where I’m scheduled to participate.

    2. What is your background in farming and agriculture?
    I am a 5th generation farmer. My grandparents had hogs, chickens and dairy. My grandma referred to the hogs as mortgage burners. My grandfather was involved in milk production testing programs from the very beginning and always had a highly rated herd.

    In 1994 we dispersed the dairy herd because of my increased legislative ...

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  • Charlie Ingram Posted on 12/13/2016 by Charlie Ingram

    In preparation for the 2017 Census of Agriculture, close to one million potential farmers and ranchers will receive the National Agricultural Classification Survey (NACS) this month to help the U.S. Department of Agriculture identify all active farms and ranches in the United States. The result of the NACS will determine who receives a census of agriculture questionnaire next December.

    The census of agriculture, conducted every five years by the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), is the only source of uniform, comprehensive and impartial agricultural data for every county in the nation. Through the census of agriculture, producers are able to demonstrate the value and importance of agriculture, and influence decisions that will shape the future of the industry in this country.

    "NACS plays an integral role in getting a complete count of U.S. agriculture," said NASS Census and Survey Division Director Barbara Rater. "We ask everyone who ...

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  • Carly  Grether Posted on 12/13/2016 by Carly Grether

    The USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is seeking research grant funding applications from colleges and universities for its Organic Transitions Program (ORG) to support the development and implementation of research, extension, and higher education programs to improve the competitiveness of organic livestock and crop producers, as well as those who are adopting organic practices. More information can be found here

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