March 7, 2017

  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 03/07/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp
    NASDA Member Spotlight: Dave Frederickson, Minnesota Department of Agriculture

    Today we are highlighting Minnesota Commissioner of Agriculture Dave Frederickson. Commissioner Frederickson has been a leader in NASDA since January 2011.

    How do you start your day?

    It does vary, but typically I spend my pre-office morning hours reading the local newspapers (hard copy) and the latest ag news clips (online) with a cup of coffee in hand.

    What is your most memorable experience as Minnesota Commissioner of Agriculture?

    There have been many. I have been proud to serve in Governor Dayton’s cabinet and be his representative on major issues affecting Minnesota’s agriculture sector. I’ve had the opportunity to travel with the Governor or represent him on several international trade missions to Taiwan, Cuba, and Mexico, and other destinations around the globe, to promote Minnesota’s high quality agricultural products. I also had the pleasure of working with U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on establishing the Minnesota Agricultural Water ...

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 03/07/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp

    USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is making more than $60 million in grants available to support farmers growing fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, and nursery crops, also known as specialty crops.  The Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) grants are managed cooperatively with state departments of agriculture and support projects including research, agricultural extension activities, and programs to address the needs of America's specialty crop industry. Applications by the states are due by June 7, one month earlier than in years past.

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 03/07/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp
    NASDA CEO Dr. Barbara P. Glenn to be Honored as 4-H Luminary

    NASDA CEO Dr. Barbara P. Glenn has been selected for the 4-H Luminaries Class of 2017. The class includes an impressive group of the nattion's top influencers across various industries representing 22 states. Luminaries embody the essence of 4-H Leadership. The 2017 Luminaries Class will be honored at the 4-H Luminaries Launch and 8th Annual Legacy Awards at the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington, D.C. on March 21, 2017.  View the full line-up of Luminaries here.

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 03/07/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp

    Kelly Registration Systems, a leading provider of essential information and automation solutions to the agribusiness industry, recently announced a new software program to manage cattle brands with online registrations of brands for state departments of agriculture and stockmen’s associations.

    This first of its kind program is currently being implemented to manage Kansas’ livestock brand registrations. The state has some 16,000 brands. Kansas is one of a number of states that track livestock brands. While Kansas only tracks cattle, other states track sheep and horses.

    Historically, brand images have been hand-drawn and have included a 12-digit code, or “brandabetical,” to indicate which symbols made up the brand. A hardbound “brand book” was printed annually to catalog brands.

    According to Dr. Justin Smith of the Kansas Department of Agriculture, the previous process took much more time to conduct as it was manually driven. Once submitted, ...

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 03/07/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp

    More than 350 students from five schools across the state will have a chance to put their math skills and classroom learning to the test when Arizona Department of Agriculture staff hold interactive workshops for the students at grocery stores in Avondale, Glendale, Phoenix, Tucson and Yuma.

    “State Departments can plan an important role in educating Arizona’s children,” said Mark Killian, Department of Agriculture director. “These opportunities allow our staff to help youngsters understand how math, science and units of measure apply in their daily lives.”

    Department staff show students how to read grocery store labels and signs; learn the value of a product in relation to quantity or weight; and learn how to be a smarter consumer.

    The Division of Weights and Measures investigators check pricing, scales, fuel meters and quality to make sure consumers take home what they pay for and to provide fair competition among businesses. The Department, the ...

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