January 10, 2017

  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 01/10/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp
    Winter Policy Conference Hotel 99% Full

    NASDA's block of rooms at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, DC is 99% sold out. Please book your rooms as soon as possible to receive the group rate. Early-bird registration also expires this Monday, January 16. The site is being updated daily with exciting new speakers, sponsors, and agenda items.

    Don't forget to check out our meeting app! If you download the app from our annual meeting in Lincoln, you're good to go. If not, you can download the app to your phone or tablet by clicking here. Don't forget to login, edit your profile, and set your profile to public so that fellow attendees can see your contact information. This is a great tool to maximize your meeting experience.

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  • Dudley Hoskins Posted on 01/10/2017 by Dudley Hoskins

    The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has detected  the presence of Eurasian/North American reassortant H5N2 avian influenza in a wild mallard duck in Fergus County, Montana. No illness or mortalities in domestic poultry in the U.S. have been detected.

    The sample, taken from a hunter-harvested bird through routine surveillance, was tested at the Colorado State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory and forwarded to USDA’s National Veterinary Services Laboratories in Ames, Iowa. Characterization of the sample is ongoing.

    “This appears to be one of the strains we saw during the outbreak in 2014 and 2015,” said Dr. Jack Shere, USDA’s Chief Veterinarian. “This finding serves as a powerful reminder that there is still HPAI circulating in wild birds, and producers and industry need to continue to be vigilant about biosecurity to protect domestic poultry.”

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 01/10/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp
    NASDA Sponsors New Agri-Pulse Farm Bill Series and Summit

    Agri-Pulse, the nation’s leading source of farm and food policy information, plans to launch an in-depth editorial series next month, “The Seven Things You Should Know Before You Write the Next Farm Bill,” culminating in a Farm Bill Summit at the National Press Club on March 20.
     
    “Our editorial team had a bird’s eye view of the ups and downs experienced during development of the last farm bill,” says Agri-Pulse Editor Sara Wyant. “We think there are some important ‘lessons learned’ that can help inform and stimulate debate before formal work starts on writing the next bill.”
     
    Initial sponsors include the American Farm Bureau Federation, American Sugar Alliance, Association of Equipment Manufacturers, Farm Credit, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, National Crop Insurance Services, Specialty Crop Farm Bill Alliance, FLM+, National Association of State Departments of Agriculture, CropLife America, National ...

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 01/10/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp
    Ross Appointed UVM Extension Director

    The University of Vermont College of Agriculture and Life Sciences has named Chuck Ross director of UVM Extension, Tom Vogelmann, dean of the college, announced recently. Ross was most recently secretary of the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets, a position he has held since 2011. Prior to his role as secretary, Ross served for 16 years as state director and senior advisor under U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt.

    According to Vogelmann, to whom Ross will report directly, the experience and skill set Ross brings to the job make him well suited to lead UVM Extension after a recent re-integration of the unit into the agricultural college; the two units became separate in 1998, largely for administrative reasons. The move was made in early November to facilitate closer working relationships among the faculty in the two units, strengthen economic development and education, and to unify outstanding research throughout Vermont, education and outreach.

    “Becoming the director ...

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  • Dudley Hoskins Posted on 01/10/2017 by Dudley Hoskins

    USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s (APHIS) National Veterinary Accreditation Program (NVAP) announced the availability of a new training, Module 29 Veterinary Feed Directive. NVAP worked with the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Veterinary Medicine and Iowa State’s Center for Food Security and Public Health to create this training. 

    Upon completion of this module, participants will be able to:

    • Describe the need for antibiotic stewardship in regard to antibiotic resistance;
    • Understand the FDA's regulatory oversight of animal drugs;
    • Describe the Federally-defined key elements of a lawful veterinarian-client-patient relationship;
    • Recognize the classes and uses of antibiotics requiring a Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD);
    • Describe the components of a complete VFD;
    • Understand the recordkeeping requirements associated with a VFD;
    • Apply expiration date and duration of use guidelines to a VFD; and
    • Locate additional ...
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  • Dudley Hoskins Posted on 01/10/2017 by Dudley Hoskins

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) confirmed the presence of New World screwworm (Cochliomyia hominivorax) in a stray dog near Homestead, Florida. The dog was isolated and his infested wounds were treated. Federal and state officials have started active surveillance in the area.

    This is the first confirmed case on Florida’s mainland. Screwworm was first confirmed on October 3, 2016 in Key deer from National Key Deer Refuge on Big Pine Key, Florida. This initial presence of screwworm was the first local detection in the United States in more than 30 years and Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture, Adam Putnam declared an agricultural state of emergency in Monroe County, Florida.

    Since October, 13 Keys had known infestations mostly in the key deer population, with five confirmed infestations in domestic animals. Animal health and wildlife officials at the state and federal levels have been working ...

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 01/10/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp
    GMO Answers Offers New Infographics on Conservation, Wildlife Habitat, and More

    GMO Answers has recently released a series of infographics covering topics such as human health safety, environmental benefits, and other common myths of GMO technology.

    Click here for a full resource library from the GMO Answers team.

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 01/10/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp

    The Baker-Polito Administration today announced seven Massachusetts farms with land permanently protected from development through the state’s Agricultural Preservation Restriction Program (APR) have been selected to receive up to $375,000 in total grant funding from the APR Improvement Program (AIP). AIP helps sustain active commercial farming on land that has already been protected through the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resource’s (MDAR) APR Program. Additionally, AIP provides technical assistance and business analysis to help improve the productivity and profitability of participating farms with the goal of enhancing the significance of APR farm operations and their contribution to the state’s agricultural industry.

    “Massachusetts’ agricultural industry provides important jobs within local communities and produces farm fresh products,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Our Administration remains committed to supporting the ...

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