February 14, 2017

  • 02/13/2017
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    The U.S. dairy sector is urging President Donald Trump to discuss Canada’s protectionist milk pricing policy during Monday’s meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

    The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC), the International Dairy ...
  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 02/14/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp

    This Valentine’s Day, the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets is taking a moment to proclaim its love for Vermont’s farmers.

    “The Vermont we know and love simply would not exist without the hardworking women and men who dedicate their lives to agriculture,” says Vermont’s Ag Secretary, Anson Tebbetts.  “Farmers provide food, create jobs, keep our landscape open, and support our local communities. Farmers deserve our adoration!”

    Tebbetts thinks Valentine’s Day is the perfect occasion for Vermonters to profess their fond feelings for farmers.

    “There are so many reasons to love Vermont agriculture, it’s nearly impossible to count the ways,” Tebbetts added.

    But here’s a start…

    Ten Reasons to Love Vermont Farmers

    1. There are over 7,300 farms in Vermont, and each is unique.
    2. Vermont is known for its dairy and maple industries, but our agriculture runs the gambit. Vermont farmers are ...
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  • Carly Grether Posted on 02/07/2017 by Carly Grether
    NASDA Seeking Applicants for Summer Internship Position

    NASDA, headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, is seeking highly motivated students interested about the legislation and regulations that impact American agriculture. Applicants should be classified as a sophomore or greater by their academic institution and have excellent written and oral communication skills. A basic understanding of the legislative process is preferred but not required. This internship does provide a monthly stipend but housing is not provided. Start and end dates are flexible. The deadline to apply is Monday, February 27. Click here to learn how to apply.

    Caption: NASDA's spring intern, Lacie Dotterweich, had the opportunity to meet Iowa Secretary of Agriculture and Social Media Guru Bill Northey at NASDA's recent Winter Policy Conference and become an overnight social media sensation!

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 02/14/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp

    Californians throw away nearly 6 million tons of food scraps or food waste each year. This represents about 18 percent of all the material that goes to landfills. In order for California to reach its goal of 75% source reduction, recycling and composting, food waste must be addressed.

    California’s Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling law requires businesses to recycle their organic waste. The links below provide more information on food waste management as well as examples of how various business groups and public entities are managing food waste.

    Everyone has a role in saving resources and wasting less food. Creative food rescue projects like the UglyFruitAndVeg Campaign work to save healthy fruits and vegetables from becoming waste. Rather than throwing away excess food, find ways to manage it more thoughtfully, such as working with groups to ensure that it goes to disadvantaged people, and composting for soil restoration. To further educate the public about food waste, ...

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 02/07/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp

    Checkoff programs, commonly referred to as research and promotion programs, are designed to promote and provide research and information for a particular agricultural commodity without reference to specific producers or brands.  State and federal checkoff programs for beef, soybeans, rice, pork, and many other commodities play a critical role in supporting industry promotion, information, and research programs.  Additionally, the programs are important to states’ departments of agriculture, states’ farm bureaus, the land grant university system, producers, and others.  Checkoff programs are increasingly the target of litigation efforts as well as important regulatory developments.  This webinar will provide a comprehensive overview and update on recent and emerging legal issues involving state and federal checkoff programs.

    Wednesday, February 15th, 2017
    12:00 – 1:00 (EST)
    Click here to access the webinar shortly before it begins.

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 02/14/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp
    New Educational Website Explores Plant Breeding Innovation, Gene Editing

    What is plant breeding innovation? What do plant breeders do? And what could new breeding techniques like gene editing mean for the future of agriculture and our society? Find answers to these questions and more at Seeding Innovation website-- a public-facing educational resource developed by ASTA.

    The plant breeding innovation microsite is a multimedia platform that houses FAQs, a blog, plant breeder profiles, videos, one-pagers and other educational resources about the evolution-and future--of plant breeding. Visit www.seedinginnovation.org and follow @Better_Seed on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to learn more. Watch the Man on the Street video as a preview of what's to come!

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 02/14/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp

    The Arkansas Agriculture Department is looking for a summer intern to help promote programs offered through the Southern United States Trade Association (SUSTA) that help Arkansas agricultural businesses sell their products in international markets. This summer internship pays!

    As an intern, you will gain knowledge and experience in:

    • Arkansas Agriculture;
    • Global produce/food markets;
    • Challenges in exporting;
    • Communication & Marketing.

    In order to apply for the Arkansas Agriculture Department/SUSTA Internship Program, you must:

    • Be enrolled in undergraduate coursework for a degree;
    • Be in good standing with your school;
    • Not be more than halfway through your final semester;
    • Be willing to work in Little Rock;

    Students studying agricultural business, agricultural economics, business, international business, marketing or related fields preferred.

    To apply, submit the following documents by email to Christian.olson@aad.ar.gov:

    1. A Resume demonstrating academic ...
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  • Britt  Aasmundstad Posted on 02/14/2017 by Britt Aasmundstad

    Last week, The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced its decision to recommend California enact a Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO). Comments from the public will be accepted for 90 days after the official publication in the Federal Register, on Tuesday, February 14th.

    FMMOs establish provisions in which dairy processors buy milk from dairy farmers that supply a marketing area, and regulate the purchasing of milk between farmers and buyers. A marketing area can be defined as a geographic area where dairy processors compete for packaged fluid milk sales. The marketing area recommended by USDA would cover the entire state of California.

    Where it is applicable, the FMMO will propose the adoption of uniform order provisions included in the 10 current FMMOs. These provisions include dairy product classification, end product price formulas and the producer handler definition.

    California produces over 20% of all U.S. milk production and is currently regulated by a state milk ...

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 02/14/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp

    The North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Service Food & Drug Protection Division is now seeking applicants for a Dairy Administrator.

    This position will be responsible for management of the North Carolina 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, ...

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 02/14/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp

    USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) recently announced the availability of $27 million in grants to fund innovative projects designed to strengthen market opportunities for local and regional food producers and businesses. The grants available include the Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) and Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP) grants, and the Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program (FSMIP).

    AMS will host a webinar for potential FMPP and LFPP grant applicants on Wednesday, February 15, 2017, at 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time, and a teleconference for potential FSMIP grant applicants on Thursday, February 16, 2017, at 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time.  For more information about FSMIP, FMPP and LFPP, visit: www.ams.usda.gov/AMSgrants.  The website also contains a link to a grants decision tree, "What AMS Grant is Right for ME?”, to help applicants determine which AMS grant fits their project best. 

    The grant applications for FSMIP, FMPP and LFPP must be ...

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