March 28, 2017

  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 03/28/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp

    What's happened in Washington since last week's issue? Read this new weekly feature for NASDA's rundown of current events in federal ag policy.

    Last week, Capitol Hill was busy with nomination hearings while USDA APHIS and partners responded to a looming HPAI threats. Here’s the review:

    • The nominee to be U.S. Trade Representative, Robert Lighthizer, had his confirmation hearing, with support from NASDA and a host of other ag and food organizations.
    • The president released his “skinny budget” request, which would target USDA NASS, USDA ARS, EPA categorical grants, and EPA watershed programs.
    • A second case of HPAI in a commercial breeder flock was confirmed in TN by USDA; the affected premises have been quarantined and depopulation has begun.
    • Finally, the long awaited confirmation hearing for Governor Sonny Perdue was held, setting up confirmation for late March/early April.

    Written by Lacie Dotterweich

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 03/28/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp
    Oklahoma: Blayne Arthur - A Significant Woman in Oklahoma Agriculture

    Wife, mother, producer, community member, executive director, board member, sister, friend…no matter what role Blayne Arthur is in during the day, she maintains a constant mindset that she is blessed.

    Arthur has earned the respect of many in the agricultural and professional world. There is no denying her experience and expertise in the field, from her background on the farm, to her numerous certifications and awards, and from her many group affiliations, to her impressive career in the industry. But it’s not just Arthur’s accomplishments and knowledge that draw many people to her. Her humility, trustworthiness and spirit of genuinely caring about those she interacts with leaves a lasting impression on many.

     “I don’t think I ever went to a meeting or conference with Blayne in which we were able to walk straight out the door,” said Bryan Painter, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture Communications Director and former co-worker of Arthur. ...

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  • DeWitt  Ashby Posted on 03/28/2017 by DeWitt Ashby
    World Class Audience Expected for NASDA's American Food Fair at NRA Show

    NASDA's American Food Fair joins the National Restaurant Association (NRA) to represent, educate and promote the 945,000 restaurants who sell $660.5 billion in the U.S. restaurant and hospitality marketplace. The American Food Fair, produced cooperatively with the USDA's Foregin Agricultural Service, provivdes new export opportunities to mostly small, American food and beverage companies.

    Over the past five years, the NRA Show has included over ten thousand exhibits, reaching a new high of 2,310 exhibits in 2016 alone. Vendors include every imaginable product needed to operate a restaurant from furnishings to cooking equipment to flat ware to food, along with scores of educational programs.  It’s not surprising that this event attracts a global audience.  In the same five-year period, the NRA Show attracted 24,000 international visitors from more than 110 countries. 

    For more information about the NRA Show and NASDA’s co-located ...

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 03/28/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp
    Census Of Agriculture Countdown Begins For America’s Farmers And Rancher

    America’s farmers and ranchers will soon have the opportunity to strongly represent agriculture in their communities and industry by taking part in the 2017 Census of Agriculture. Conducted every five years by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), the census, to be mailed at the end of this year, is a complete count of all U.S. farms, ranches, and those who operate them.

    “The Census of Agriculture remains the only source of uniform, comprehensive, and impartial agriculture data for every county in the nation,” said NASS Administrator Hubert Hamer. “As such, census results are relied upon heavily by those who serve farmers and rural communities, including federal, state and local governments, agribusinesses, trade associations, extension educators, researchers, and farmers and ranchers themselves.”

    The Census of Agriculture highlights land use and ownership, operator characteristics, production ...

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 03/28/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp
    Agriculture Future of America Seeking Input on Brand Awareness

    Agriculture Future of America (AFA) is conducting a very quick survey to better understand awareness of the organization and its offerings to support future leaders in food and agriculture. Even if you’re not aware of AFA, please click link to complete – you will be done in one minute or less. Thanks for your time!

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