January 3, 2017

  • Barbara P. Glenn Posted on 01/03/2017 by Barbara P. Glenn
    2017 Brings a Century’s Worth of Opportunities to NASDA

    For 100 years our members have advanced agriculture by generating consensus as peers in a non-partisan manner. This consensus building has allowed us to leverage our partners in agriculture to advance policy based on sound science. Our 101st year continues this tradition but with new opportunities – and challenges – with a new President, new administration, and new Congress. Here, in no particular order, are a few of the issues we’ll address in the New Year.

    1. Cooperative Federalism

    The United States’ new leadership brings forth new opportunity for NASDA to advance a more robust role for states on federal policy making. We feel strongly that states are more than just stakeholders. Our members have responsibilities for implementing their own state programs as well as many federal programs.  With enhanced consultation and resources for the states, we can solve a number of regulatory challenges for agriculture including EPA’s Waters of the United ...

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 01/03/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp
    Small Number of Hotel Rooms Remaining for Upcoming Winter Policy Conference

    Only 10 group-rate rooms remain at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, DC, the site of NASDA's upcoming Winter Policy Conference. We encourage you to register for the conference and book your room today. The deadline for early registration rates and the group hotel rate is Monday, January 16. Rooms will likely sell-out well before the January 16 date.

    Policy Amendments and Action Items for consideration by the NASDA membership are due by this Friday, January 6. Forms for these items can be found here.

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  • Nathan  Bowen Posted on 01/03/2017 by Nathan Bowen

    President-elect Trump’s transition announced that Robert Lighthizer will serve as U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) in the new administration. Lighthizer was Deputy USTR in the Reagan administration and has led the international trade law practice at Skadden, Arps Slate, Meagher. Lighthizer will join Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, Peter Navarro (who will chair the new National Trade Council), and Trump’s special representative for international trade Jason Greenblatt, as key trade officials in the incoming administration.

    With this announcement, Agriculture and Veterans Affairs are the two remaining cabinet secretaries that have yet to be announced.

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  • Charlie Ingram Posted on 01/03/2017 by Charlie Ingram

    Beginning in January, representatives of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will visit dairy farms across the nation, as the agency begins collecting data for the final phase of the 2016 Agricultural Resource Management Survey (ARMS).

    ARMS is a joint effort between NASS and USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS). The survey is an annual program that gathers in-depth information on production practices, costs, and financial well-being of American farm families. ARMS targets select commodities on a rotational basis. This year, the survey places additional focus on corn, and conventional and organic dairy sectors. The last time ARMS focused on the dairy sector was in 2010 and focused only on the conventional dairy sector. This will be the first time ARMS will include additional focus on the organic dairy production.

    “The structure of dairy farming in the United States has changed dramatically over the last two decades, making these economic data ...

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