February 22, 2017

  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 02/22/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp
    NASDA Member Spotlight: Sandy Adams, Virginia Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services

    Our first Member Spotlight for 2017 features one of NASDA's 11 female members. Sandy Adams has led the Virginia Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services (VDACS) as Commissioner since June 2014.

    How do you start your day?

    Nothing starts my day off better than a fast walk first thing in the morning, at least 30 minutes. This is usually doable 10 out of 12 months in Virginia. I come back to coffee and a review of the news before I leave the house. I bring my second cup of coffee and my breakfast with me. I have a 20 – 45 minute commute to our office on Capitol Square, depending on the traffic, and that gives me time to mentally organize my day. A second check of messages, as well as catching up with key staff starts the day once in Capitol Square. About 20 percent of the time, I head directly from home to a meeting or to work with one or more of our employees somewhere around the Commonwealth.

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  • DeWitt  Ashby Posted on 02/22/2017 by DeWitt Ashby
    NASDA Highlights Key Findings of the 2016 NRA Trade Show, Highlights Space Availability at 2017 Show

    The National Restaurant Association (NRA) Show is one of the leading trade show events in the U.S., including every product category necessary to open or operate a restaurant. NASDA operates the American Food Fair Pavilion within the NRA Show to highlight small U.S. owned food and beverage businesses seeking to export to new markets. In 2016, the NRA show attracted over 2,300 exhibitors who were visited by more than 45,000 attendees. This include nearly 5,000 international attendees from over 120 countries - the super majority of whom rated “seeing new products” as extremely or very important.

    Food and beverage exhibitors in the American Food Fair Pavilion at the NRA Show, sponsored by NASDA and FAS/USDA, reported $19 million in export sales.  More than 10% of American Food Fair exhibitors reported a first time export sale to a new market.

    Limited space is still available in the 2017 American Food Fair, May 20-23 2017 in Chicago. Contact us today to be a part ...

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  • Nathan  Bowen Posted on 02/22/2017 by Nathan Bowen

    NASDA joined more than 500 organizations representing a broad spectrum of farm, food, environment, and nutrition organizations this week urging the House and Senate to not propose any cuts for the next Farm Bill. The letter sent to Congressional appropriators and budget leaders states:

    "With the agriculture and rural economy struggling, households across the country struggling to meet their basic needs for nutrition, and farm income down 46 percent from only three years ago, it would be perilous to hinder development and passage of the 2018 Farm Bill with further cuts."

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  • Nathan  Bowen Posted on 02/22/2017 by Nathan Bowen

    The eleven remaining Trans-Pacific Partnership countries are currently deciding what their next steps will be, as a result of the U.S. withdrawing from the agreement. To discuss what comes next, Chile has invited all countries involved and extended invitations to China and South Korea.

    Foreign leaders made it known they are still pursuing the TPP and are not as interested in President Trump’s proposed alternative to the Asia-Pacific deal, which consists of new bilateral trade deals.

    Many believe there is no reason why the deal shouldn’t move on without the U.S. Experts say the other countries could find a way to move forward and boost some economic gains while establishing new trade rules.

    The possibility of China joining a multilateral deal may be an attractive option to the other countries. The biggest driver for most TPP participants was access to the U.S. market, which accounts for 69% for the combined GDP of the 12 countries. China’s 1.3 billion population ...

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 02/22/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp

    Nevada had the highest percentage increase in school breakfast participation according to the annual School Breakfast Scorecard released yesterday by the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC), a national anti-hunger advocacy group. The scorecard ranks all 50 states and the District of Columbia on participation of low-income children in the School Breakfast Program.

    This increase is due in large part to the “Breakfast After the Bell” bill, which was signed into law by Governor Brian Sandoval on June 12, 2015. The bill mandates all Nevada schools with 70 percent or greater free/reduced lunch eligibility implement an option for students to have access to breakfast after the start of school each day. The bill also set aside $2 million in grant money to assist in implementation.

    The Nevada Department of Agriculture reports breakfast participation among those qualifying schools in Nevada has doubled, increasing from 20 percent in the 2014-2015 school year to 44 percent in ...

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 02/22/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp
    NASDA President Appointed to Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) Board of Trustees

    NASDA President and Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture & Forestry Dr. Mike Strain has been appointed to the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) Board of Trustees. Commissioner Strain joins the likes of Julie Borlaug Larson, James Greenwood, President & CEO, Biotechnology Innovation Organization, and many other thought leaders in agriculture science in service to the organization.

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 02/22/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp

    Last week,, the House Committee on Agriculture (Committee) passed two bills that are integral to the pesticide stakeholders’ ability to operate in a highly regulated, yet predictable environment.  The Committee passed H.R. 1029, the Pesticide Registration Improvement Act (PRIA), addressing funding of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and  H.R. 953, the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2017, addressing the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Pesticide General Permit (PGP), via voice vote. Although the bills have different regulatory focuses, they both offer solutions to existing inadequacies.  

    PRIA

    Established in 2004, PRIA creates a more predictable and effective evaluation process for affected pesticide decisions by coupling the collection of fees with specific decision review periods.

    PRIA has been reauthorized three times, with the most recent reauthorization due to expire on September 30, 2017. In addition to extending ...

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