December 20, 2016

  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 12/20/2016 by Amanda Bryant Culp
    NASDA Member Spotlight: Richard Fordyce, Missouri Department of Agriculture

    As part of our centennial celebrations, NASDA started a new feature in NASDA News to highlight our members. This week we are featuring Missouri Director of Agriculture Richard Fordyce and Ohio Director of Agriculture David Daniels.

    1. How do you start your day?
      I read the paper and drink black coffee.
       
    2. What is your background in farming and agriculture?
      I am a fourth-generation Missouri farmer from Bethany, Mo., and have been involved in production agriculture my entire life. I planted my first corn at 8 years old.


      I was named Director of the Missouri Department of Agriculture in December 2013. I’ve held leadership roles in agriculture on the local, state and national levels for more than 20 years and have worked my entire life to move the agriculture industry to new heights.

      As Missouri's Director of Agriculture, I have set forth priorities to advance youth in agriculture, international trade, farm safety, consumer awareness and environmental stewardship.In ...
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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 12/20/2016 by Amanda Bryant Culp
    NASDA Member Spotlight: David Daniels, Ohio Department of Agriculture
    1. How do you start your day?
      As a lifelong farmer, my day starts early and it always includes coffee! I walk my dog before I get to the office (earlier than most) and get down to the business of the day. I also make time for Twitter; it’s the best way to find out what’s going on.
       
    2. What is your background in farming and agriculture?
      I grew up on a family farm near Greenfield, which is about an hour from both Cincinnati and Columbus. I was the fifth generation of the Douglass-Daniels family to raise grain and livestock on the same land that had been in our family for more than a century, earning our farm a designation as a Century farm in ODA’s Historic Family Farms program. Over the years, the operation I worked with my father and uncle evolved from one that raised corn, wheat, soybeans, chickens, hogs, sheep and dairy cows into a primary beef cattle cow and calf herd.
       
    3. What is the most unique career in agriculture that you have heard of?
      I think ...
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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 12/20/2016 by Amanda Bryant Culp
    Intern Perspective: Farm Hands of the Potomac

    By Brittany Bowman

    George Washington once said, “To teach a nation to be great, you must be truly good.”  Visiting Mount Vernon was a highlight of my semester in D.C. because I could see Washington’s passion for agriculture in his estate.  As most know, he preferred to spend his days farming, entering government only for a duty to country.  Many agriculture policy professionals, the “farm hands of the Potomac,” can relate to Washington, as they long for a dress code of jeans and boots but work dutifully to represent their families and friends back home.

    For each of NASDA’s 50 members, the agricultural policy work is diverse, but it remains connected.  A farmer in Minnesota sends data to NASS in DC, which publishes harvest reports for markets in New York City.  Tuna fishing in Mexico can bring WTO attention to issues that affect dairy farmers in Virginia and grape farmers in California.  These connections foster ...

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  • Dudley W Hoskins Posted on 12/20/2016 by Dudley W Hoskins
    NASDA Meets with EPA Leadership on Importance of State Partnerships

    Last week, members of the NASDA-EPA Steering Committee met with EPA Deputy Administrator Stan Meiburg, Assistant Administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP) Jim Jones, Wendy Cleland-Hamnett, incoming AA for OCSPP, and Ron Carleton, Ag Counselor to the Administrator to discuss the importance of EPA working with the state departments of agriculture to improve, leverage, and enhance dialogue to support informed and applicable policy initiatives impacting U.S. agriculture.

    The NASDA-EPA Steering Committee was led by Director McKinney, Director Gould, Secretary Witte, Secretary Northey (via teleconference), and Bonnie Rabe, Division Director for the New Mexico Department of Agriculture.  The wide-ranging conversation included discussion on implementation challenges around the new Worker Protection Standards, the final Certification & Training rule, and the need to cultivate and enhance communication and education between NASDA members and EPA ...

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  • Dudley W Hoskins Posted on 12/20/2016 by Dudley W Hoskins

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the selection of Steven M. Solomon, DVM, as the new leader of the agency’s Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM). Dr. Solomon will assume the directorship in January 2017 from Tracey Forfa, J.D., who is currently serving as the Acting Director.

    Dr. Solomon practiced large animal veterinary medicine for 10 years before joining the agency in 1990 as a Veterinary Medical Officer. He has steadily progressed through key positions in in the agency and rose to the position of Deputy Associate Commissioner for Regulatory Affairs in FDA’s Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA) in 2013.

    Dr. Solomon’s knowledge of the many policy and scientific issues relevant to veterinary medicine and his experience at ORA gives him a great understanding of the regulatory landscape and CVM’s portfolio of activities and priorities, making him an ideal choice to lead the Center in the coming years.

    Dr. Solomon graduated from the Ohio ...

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  • Dudley W Hoskins Posted on 12/20/2016 by Dudley W Hoskins

    Last week, APHIS announced it is allocating $57,762,405 from Section 10007 of the 2014 Farm Bill in Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 to strengthen the nation’s infrastructure for invasive pest detection and surveillance, identification, and threat mitigation, and to safeguard the nursery production system. Funding will support projects that prevent the introduction or spread of plant pests and diseases that threaten U.S. agriculture and the environment and ensure the availability of a healthy supply of clean plant stock in the United States.

    The 2014 Farm Bill Section 10007 authorizes $62.5 million per year through Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 and $75 million per year in FY 2018 and beyond. These funds were reduced by sequestration. At least $5 million of this funding must go to the National Clean Plant Network each year.

    This money will support 513 projects provided to partners in 53 States, territories, and the District of Columbia. These projects are critical in preventing the introduction ...

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 12/20/2016 by Amanda Bryant Culp

    The National Farm to School Network (NFSN) is seeking partner organizations in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and U.S. Territories (American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands) to serve as Core Partners during 2017-2019 in the next phase of farm to school and ECE growth and evolution. Organizations and agencies from all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and U.S. Territories interested in and capable of contributing to the advancement of farm to school and ECE are encouraged to apply. We are specifically seeking Core Partners who will contribute to network development, information sharing, and policy development. NFSN will support the activities undertaken by Core Partners through structured opportunities for peer learning and integration of on-the-ground activities into a coordinated national movement for all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and U.S. Territories with the goal of advancing and institutionalizing farm to school and ECE across the ...

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  • Dudley W Hoskins Posted on 12/20/2016 by Dudley W Hoskins

    Last week, USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced  it was updating its National Poultry Improvement Plan program standards  to include the processes and procedures for the poultry primary breeding industry to participate in a compartmentalization program for highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI). Compartmentalization allows a country to define and manage animal groups with a distinct health status and common biosecurity program, following World Organization for Animal Health guidelines.  The updated standards will take effect on February 13, 2017.  If accepted by international trading partners, compartmentalization is intended to help maintain markets for poultry genetics (day-old chicks and hatching eggs) in the face of an HPAI outbreak.

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 12/20/2016 by Amanda Bryant Culp

    The North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services is seeking applicants for a full-time Dairy Administrator. The position will be responsible for management of the NC Grade A Dairy Program, including enforcement of the Federal Food, Drug & Cosmetic Act, the NC Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, the NC Administrative Code, the USPHS/FDA Pasteurized Milk Ordinance (PMO), FDA Guidance Documents and NCIMS Model Documents. 

    Duties include managing inspections, ratings, sample collections, investigations, compliance, and enforcement activities; monitoring and responding to complaints, recalls, potential foodborne illness outbreaks, and dairy farm and processing plant emergencies; developing and executing contracts and cooperative agreements with FDA or other entities to support Program activities; managing the Dairy Program budget; collaborating with federal state, and local agencies, including public health, universities, dairy cooperatives and associations ...

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 12/20/2016 by Amanda Bryant Culp

    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently released the final year-end report of the Obama administration's results creating jobs and investing in rural communities nationwide.

    "USDA Rural Development has measurably improved the lives and livelihoods for millions of rural Americans – and their future looks much brighter today than when President Obama took office," Vilsack said. "The results highlighted in this report demonstrate how long-term government investment and effective partnerships with public and private institutions are central to rural America's continued progress."

    USDA Rural Development's 2016 Progress Report provides an overview of activities in 2016 that resulted in record investments in rural America. Vilsack notes in the report that key economic indicators continue to show that rural America is rebounding.

    Rural unemployment dropped below 6 percent in 2015 for the first time since 2007, and rural poverty rates have fallen, ...

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 12/20/2016 by Amanda Bryant Culp
    Partnership for Food Safety Education to Host Conference in DC

    The conference Advancing Food Safety through Behavior Change in Washington, DC, January 25-27, 2017 brings together about 400 health and food safety educators interested in focusing on improved food safety practices at home and at work.

    Dr. Stephen Ostroff, Deputy Commissioner for Foods, will appear on a panel Friday, January 27 with officials from the USDA and the CDC for dialogue around how public and private sectors can work together to support consumers in their efforts to reduce the risk of foodborne illness.  Speakers Frank Yiannas, author of Food Safety = Behavior, and Charles Duhigg, New York Times best-selling author of The Power of Habit, will focus on behavior change and preventive health.

    Register or get more information about the program and at cfsec2017.fightbac.org. The conference is hosted by the non-profit Partnership for Food Safety Education.

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 12/20/2016 by Amanda Bryant Culp

    More than 167,000 U.S. farms locally produced and sold food through direct marketing practices, resulting in $8.7 billion in revenue in 2015, according to the results from the first Local Food Marketing Practices Survey released December 20 by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). The report results cover both fresh and value-added foods, such as meat and cheese.

    Farms selling food directly to institutions and intermediates, such as wholesalers who locally branded the product or food hubs, brought in the most revenue at $3.4 billion. The next category, at $3 billion in sales, was from approximately 115,000 operations with direct-to-consumer sales, such as on-farm stores and farmers markets. Sales directly to retailers were $2.3 billion from over 23,000 operations nationwide.

    The top five states by value of total direct food sales were:

    • California, $2,869 million
    • Michigan, $459 million
    • New York, $441 million
    • Pennsylvania, $439 million
    • Wisconsin, $431 ...
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  • Carly  Grether Posted on 12/20/2016 by Carly Grether
    NASDA-NASS Announce Enumerators of the Year

    NASDA-NASS Announce 2016 Enumerators and Supervisors of the Year

    Fourteen NASDA enumerators and supervisors were honored during the annual NASS Awards for Excellence Program held on December 15, 2016 in Washington, D.C. The NASDA Enumerator of the Year Award recognizes enumerators and supervisors for outstanding efforts which resulted in Agency-wide impact in any of the areas of survey quality, response rates, efficiency, enumerator training and development, enhancing respondent relations, and forging relationships within the agricultural community.

    Each NASDA award recipient is recognized at the agency’s Awards for Excellence ceremony, receives an awards plaque, and receives a monetary award for their outstanding efforts. The NASDA Enumerator of the Year Award recognizes work and accomplishments performed during the period of July 1-June 30 of the current year.

    Since 1972, NASDA has been a partner with NASS in providing timely, accurate and useful statistics to U.S. ...

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