January 18, 2017

  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 01/18/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp

    Just 48 hours before President Obama's administration comes to an end, the USDA has posted its final Organic Livestock & Poultry Practices rule. Interested parties are invited to join USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service for a webinar today from 2:00 - 3:00 PM ET. View NASDA's comments on the proposed rule here.

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 01/18/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp
    Policy Amendments, Action Items for Discussion at WPC Now Available

    The policy booklet containing committee agendas, policy amendments, and action items for NASDA's upcoming Winter Policy Conference is now available online. A printed version of this document will be provided to all registered attendees.

    Late registration is still available online by clicking here.

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  • DeWitt  Ashby Posted on 01/18/2017 by DeWitt Ashby
    NASDA's American Food Fair Nears Sellout

    92% of the space in NASDA’s American Food Fair Pavilion at the NRA (National Restaurant Association) Show is sold.  The American Food Fair is produced by NASDA and supported by USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service through its network of international offices and the Market Access Program.

    The AFF Pavilion offers exhibiting U.S. food and beverage companies access to an audience of 45,000 foodservice industry professionals including 5,000 from 124 countries outside the U.S.  For more information visit www.nasdatradeshows.org. NASDA Members interested in exhibiting can click here for participation options.

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  • 01/11/2017
    Press Release
    U.S. dairy organizations and the state departments of agriculture across the country today told President-elect Donald Trump that Canada’s existing and soon-to-be-expanded protectionist policies are intentionally designed to block imports from the United States. These policies are in direct ...
  • Nathan  Bowen Posted on 01/18/2017 by Nathan Bowen

    United States Trade Representative Michael Froman announced today that the Obama Administration has launched a new trade enforcement action against Canada at the World Trade Organization (WTO).  Today’s action challenges British Columbia’s (BC) regulations that discriminate against the sale of U.S. wine in grocery stores.  These regulations appear to breach Canada’s WTO commitments and have adversely impacted U.S. wine producers.  Today’s action marks the 26th trade enforcement challenge the Obama Administration has launched at the WTO.  The United States has won every one of those complaints that has been decided so far.

    The BC regulations being challenged by the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) discriminate against U.S. and other imported wine by allowing only BC wine to be sold on regular grocery store shelves.  These regulations exclude all imported wine from this new and growing retail channel for wine sales ...

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 01/18/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp

    Equal treatment of domestic and foreign growers, the need for extensive education, training and technical assistance and agricultural water provisions are among farmers’ top concerns as they implement the Food Safety Modernization Act’s produce rules, according to Bob Ehart, senior policy and science advisor with the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture. Ehart spoke to farmers and ranchers from across the country during the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 2017 Annual Convention & IDEAg Trade Show.

    Signed into law in January 2011, FSMA focuses on the prevention of foodborne illness including risk-based “preventative controls,” and provides new enforcement authorities such as the ability to ensure the safety of imported foods and to regulate produce. The law directs the creation of an integrated food-safety system in partnership with state and local authorities.

    As straightforward as Congress’ objectives may have been in ...

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  • Britt  Aasmundstad Posted on 01/18/2017 by Britt Aasmundstad

    The monarch butterfly is a new national priority species of Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW), a partnership between the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). NRCS and USFWS recently completed a conference report that explains how conservation practices can help the eastern monarch population, a species known for its remarkable annual, multi-generational migration.

    Through WLFW, NRCS provides technical and financial assistance to help producers adopt conservation practices that benefit the monarch. Meanwhile, through the conference report, the USFWS provides producers with regulatory predictability should the monarch become listed under the ESA. Predictability provides landowners with peace of mind – no matter the legal status of a species under ESA – that they can keep their working lands working with NRCS conservation systems in place.

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  • Dudley W Hoskins Posted on 01/18/2017 by Dudley W Hoskins

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced a final rule that includes changes that will help to protect horses from the cruel and inhumane practice known as soring and eliminate the unfair competitive advantage that sore horses have over horses that are not sore. The practice of soring is intended to produce a high stepping gait through the use of action devices, caustic chemicals, and other practices that cause horses to suffer, or reasonably be expected to suffer physical pain, distress, inflammation, or lameness while walking or moving.

    APHIS enforces the Horse Protection Act (HPA), a Federal law that makes it unlawful for any person to show, exhibit, sell, or transport sore horses, or to use any equipment, device, paraphernalia, or substance prohibited by USDA to prevent the soring of horse in such events. APHIS works actively with the horse industry to eliminate such inhumane practices and the resulting unfair ...

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  • Dudley W Hoskins Posted on 01/18/2017 by Dudley W Hoskins

    EPA released its final policy which describes methods for addressing acute risks to bees from pesticides.  Applications of acutely toxic pesticides would be prohibited under certain conditions when bees are most likely to be present.  While the restrictions focus on managed bees, EPA believes that these measures will also protect native bees and other pollinators that are in and around treatment areas, and EPA stated the new label language will protect managed bees under contract to provide crop pollination services. 

    EPA stated the final Policy to Mitigate the Acute Risk to Bees from Pesticide Products is more flexible and practical than the proposed policy.  For example, a product that retains its toxicity to bees for a shorter time might be allowed to be applied under certain circumstances. Also, in some cases, pesticide application would be allowed when it is unlikely that pollinators will be foraging for crops that have extended bloom periods. EPA will begin ...

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  • Dudley W Hoskins Posted on 01/18/2017 by Dudley W Hoskins

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has published preliminary pollinator-only risk assessments  for the neonicotinoid insecticides clothianidin, thiamethoxam, and dinotefuran and also an update to its preliminary risk assessment for imidacloprid, which was published in January 2016. The updated imidacloprid assessment looks at potential risks to aquatic species, and identifies some risks for aquatic insects.

    The assessments for clothianidin, thiamethoxam, and dinotefuran, similar to the preliminary pollinator assessment for imidacloprid showed: most approved uses do not pose significant risks to bee colonies. However, spray applications to a few crops, such as cucumbers, berries, and cotton, may pose risks to bees that come in direct contact with residue. In its preliminary pollinator-only analysis for clothianidin and thiamethoxam, the EPA has proposed a new method for accounting for pesticide exposure that may occur through pollen and nectar.

    The 60-day public comment ...

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  • Dudley W Hoskins Posted on 01/18/2017 by Dudley W Hoskins

    EPA is amending the registration to include GE cotton and expand the use to an additional 19 states for GE corn, soybean, and cotton and re-affirming its original decision before the remand.  Enlist Duo, a formula containing the choline salt of 2,4-D and glyphosate for use in controlling weeds in genetically engineered (GE) crops, was first registered in 2014 for use in GE corn and soybean crops.

    EPA did a comprehensive review for the initial registration of Enlist Duo and now again in response to the application to amend the registration. EPA’s protective and conservative human health and ecological risk assessments re-confirmed our 2014 safety findings. The pesticide meets the safety standard for the public, agricultural workers, and non-target plants and animal species, including a “no effects” determination for species listed as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act.

    Enlist Duo is a low-volatility pesticide formulation and includes the ...

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  • Dudley W Hoskins Posted on 01/18/2017 by Dudley W Hoskins

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced three new proposed rules on how the Agency will prioritize and evaluate chemicals under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).  The final processes must be in place within the first year of the new law’s enactment, or before June 22, 2017.

    The three rules EPA is proposing to help administer the new process are:

    • Inventory rule: There are currently over 85,000 chemicals on EPA’s Inventory, many of these are no longer actively produced. The rule will require manufacturers, including importers, to notify EPA and the public on the number of chemicals still being produced.
    • Prioritization rule: This will establish how EPA will prioritize chemicals for evaluation.  EPA will use a risk-based screening process and criteria to identify whether a particular chemical is either high or low priority.  A chemical designated as high-priority must undergo evaluation. Chemicals designated as low-priority are not ...
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  • Dudley W Hoskins Posted on 01/18/2017 by Dudley W Hoskins

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced the deregulation to The Scotts Company’s and Monsanto Company’s creeping bentgrass genetically engineered (GE) for resistance to the herbicide glyphosate. This notice also announces the availability of our Record of Decision (ROD) for the published Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

    The ROD describes the alternatives considered and documents APHIS’ decision to deregulate based on a thorough review of the potential environmental impacts in accordance with the agency’s National Environmental Policy Act implementing regulations, and its plant pest authority under the Plant Protection Act. APHIS concluded in its Final Plant Pest Risk Assessment (PPRA) that this variety of creeping bentgrass is unlikely to pose a plant pest risk to agricultural crops or other plants in the United States.

    Notice of this determination will be published in the ...

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  • Dudley W Hoskins Posted on 01/18/2017 by Dudley W Hoskins

    The National Scrapie Eradication Program (NSEP) annual report for FY 2016 is now available.  The annual report is available in both PowerPoint and PDF forms. 

    Highlights of the Report include: over 40,000 sheep and goats were tested for scrapie in FY 2016, with only 13 animals confirmed positive for classical scrapie; the last case of scrapie was reported in April 2016; and only two infected and three source flocks were identified in FY 2016.  Additional information about scrapie, the disease, and the national scrapie eradication program can be found on the APHIS VS Scrapie Website and www.eradicatescrapie.org.

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