February 28, 2017

  • Carly  Grether Posted on 02/28/2017 by Carly Grether

    Details of President Trump’s budget blueprint are emerging, setting the stage for potentially significant cuts to a host of domestic programs to offset increased defense spending. Reports indicate funding for EPA could be cut as much as a 25 percent. Funding cuts for FDA’s food safety activities could also be significant. It’s unclear the extent to which Congress will go along with the president’s proposed cuts.

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  • Carly  Grether Posted on 02/28/2017 by Carly Grether

    President Trump named Ray Starling, former Chief of Staff to Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC), as special assistant for agriculture, trade, and food assistance on the National Economic Council. Starling previously served as General Counsel for the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

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  • Carly  Grether Posted on 02/28/2017 by Carly Grether

    Bayer, in coordination with the new Feed a Bee steering committee, recently  announced a call for proposals to establish additional forage for pollinators in all 50 states by 2018. Bayer’s Feed a Bee program, currently in its third year, has rallied more than 900,000 individuals and 117 partner organizations to plant more than 2 billion wildflowers across the U.S., creating and expanding forage areas for pollinators. Through this new initiative, Feed a Bee will build on the success of the program to fund forage initiatives and plantings for pollinators in every state in the U.S., working with organizations across the nation.

    To further the reach of Feed a Bee and contribute to additional forage development, the Feed a Bee Steering Committee, comprised of more than a dozen Feed a Bee partners, including R.D. Offutt Company, Sweet Virginia Foundation, Project Apis m., amongst others, as well as representatives from the Bayer Bee Care Program, will distribute $500,000 in ...

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  • Carly  Grether Posted on 02/28/2017 by Carly Grether

    The American Farm Bureau Foundation is offering two free webinars this spring for those interested in learning more about the educational resources the Foundation offers. 

    By the end of our time together you will be able to:

    • Confidently use the Pillars of Ag Literacy, so that you can save time and energy with your ag literacy efforts.
    • Select the right Foundation tool for the job, when faced with a new ag literacy opportunity - so that you can efficiently continue to drive the conversation forward about where our food comes from.

    To sign up, click on your chosen date below.

    March 9th, 3:30-4:30 Eastern  

    May 11th, 10am-11am Eastern 

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  • Carly  Grether Posted on 02/28/2017 by Carly Grether
    NASDA Seeking Applicants for Fall Internship Position

    Applications for the Summer internship have closed, but we are now accepting applications for those interested in interning during the Fall semsester. NASDA, headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, is seeking highly motivated students interested in 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, May 22. Click here to learn how to apply.

    Thank you to various universities who help spread the word about our internship program! Both the University of Kentucky and Washington State Univeristy generously posted our internship program to their websites (click on the links to check them out!) If you happen to come ...

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  • Carly  Grether Posted on 02/28/2017 by Carly Grether

    The Kansas Department of Agriculture is seeking a qualified individual to fill the position of Animal Health Commissioner.

    The Animal Health Commissioner is responsible for overall administration of the Division of Animal Health operations within the Kansas Department of Agriculture and accomplishment of the division objectives and goals.The Commissioner provides leadership to staff and acts as primary liaison to industry groups as well as the Kansas Legislature and other state, federal and international governmental agencies.

    Qualifications

    The ideal candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in animal science or related agriculture curriculum along with a master’s degree in public health and/or be a licensed, accredited veterinarian. The candidate will have no less than five years of experience in animal agriculture with involvement in veterinary medicine. Knowledge of disease control and eradication programs is strongly preferred along excellent written and verbal ...

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  • Carly  Grether Posted on 02/28/2017 by Carly Grether

    Mission Goal:  The U.S.-Middle East and North Africa ATM seeks to provide U.S. small-and medium-sized enterprise (SME) participants with first-hand market information, access to government decision makers, and one-on-one meetings with business contacts, including potential agents, distributors and partners, so U.S. businesses can position themselves to enter or expand their presence in Arab markets.  It will provide you with an excellent opportunity to learn first-hand about Egyptian markets, and will give you access to business contacts and government decision makers in Egypt’s agricultural industry.

    The U.S.-Middle East and North Africa ATM will highlight the following agriculture market sectors: Tree nuts (especially those for processing or bakery ingredients), dried fruits, packaged products, snack items,  dairy products for both retail and bakery ingredients (cheese, butter, cream, and milk), beef and offal products, processed eggs, processed vegetables and ...

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