Janauary 24, 2017

  • 01/19/2017
    Press Release
    The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) congratulates Governor Sonny Perdue on being named as the next Secretary of Agriculture by President-Elect Donald Trump today. As co-regulators with the federal government and advocates for agriculture producers in the states, ...
  • 01/24/2017
    Press Release
    National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) President and Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry Mike Strain, D.V.M. has appointed committee leadership for 2017. NASDA has six standing policy committees which drive policy development for the entire organization. ...
  • Nathan  Bowen Posted on 01/24/2017 by Nathan Bowen

    President Trump signed an executive order officially withdrawing the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership on Monday. Because the agreement had not yet entered into force, Trump’s action this week effectively kills the agreement. The agreement required participation by countries representing 85 percent of the agreement’s gross domestic product which cannot be achieved without participation by the U.S. NASDA remains committed to advancing a trans-pacific trade agreement.

    Also this week, ahead of an anticipated announcement in the coming days on the president’s plans for NAFTA, NASDA and a host of other agriculture organizations touted the benefits of that agreement for agriculture in recent years. Both Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau and Mexican President Pena Nieto have expressed willingness to meet and discuss potential changes to the agreement.

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 01/24/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp
    Jennifer Yezak, Former NASDA Staffer, Receives Texas Agricultural Lifetime Leadership Distinguished Alumnus Award

    Jennifer Yezak, former NASDA policy staff, was recently awarded the Texas Agricultural Lifetime Leadership Distinguished Alumnus Award at the Texas Agriculture Lifetime Leadership  "Tribue to Leadership" Reception. Yezak most recently served as the Senior Advisor to the Secretary at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Her previous roles at the USDA also include Chief of Staff to the Assistant Secretary for Administation and before that Director of External and Intergovernmental Affairs.  Also honored was longtime American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob with the Texas Agricultural Lifetime Achievement Award.

    Texas Agricultural Lifetime Leadership is a competitive leadership development program that includes seminars with experts, on-site tours, meetings with business and government leaders, international study and personal skills improvement. It is funded by dedicated individuals and institutions through private gifts and grants. Participants pay a ...

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  • Charlie Ingram Posted on 01/24/2017 by Charlie Ingram

    Ample rain and moderate temperatures across the Nation’s mid-section led to record-high yield and production for corn and soybeans, both key U.S. crops, in 2016, according to the Crop Production 2016 Summary released January 12 by USDA’s  National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

    U.S. corn growers produced 15.1 billion bushels, up 11 percent from 2015. Corn yield in the U.S. is estimated at 174.6 bushels per acre, 6.2 bushels above last year’s average yield. Area harvested, at 86.7 million acres, is up 7 percent from 2015. The 2016 corn objective yield data indicate the third highest number of ears per acre on record for the combined objective yield States with record high ear counts in Ohio.

    Soybean production for 2016 totaled a record 4.31 billion bushels, up 10 percent from 2015. With record high levels across nearly all of the northern United States, from the northern Great Plains to the Appalachian Mountains, the average soybean yield is estimated ...

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 01/24/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp

    Production agriculture and the agricultural processing and manufacturing sectors are important elements of the economy in the State of Utah. These economic sectors contribute jobs, income, fiscal revenues, and quality of life to not only rural regions of the state, but also to its more urbanized regions. The recent Economic Impact of Agriculture on the State of Utah report calculates the economic contribution of agriculture production and processing to the economy for the state for the year 2014. The report, the third since 2008, shows a steady rise in agriculture’s economic contribution to the overall economy of Utah.

    • Percent of state output: The study shows the agriculture processing and production sectors combine to account for $21.2 billion in total economic output in Utah after adjusting for multiplier effects. ($15.2B in 2008)
    • Total state output:  Based on Utah’s 2014 Gross State Output, production agriculture and its associated processing sector accounts ...
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  • 01/17/2017
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    Governor Mark Dayton today signed an agreement with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), securing $350 million in federal funding to protect and improve waters in 60,000 acres across 54 Minnesota counties. The new state-federal effort, the Minnesota Conservation Reserve Enhancement ...