April 4, 2017

  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 04/04/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp
    NASDA Member Spotlight: Doug Goehring, North Dakota Department of Agriculture

    This week's spotlight is on North Dakota Commissioner of Agriculture Doug Goehring, one of NASDA's 12 state-wide elected members.

    How do you start your day?

    I start my day with a cup of coffee while I check emails and messages. I also receive briefings and finish up things left from the day before.

    What has been your most memorable experience as North Dakota’s Agriculture Commissioner?

    Thinking back over my eight years in office, one moment or memory doesn’t stand out. There really isn’t time to relish and enjoy victories and success stories as the next issue is usually right around the corner.

    What are some of the biggest challenges facing agriculture today?

    There are quite a few. Overregulation is one of them. Biased or skewed news is another. Ag activists. Social media/internet opinions being perceived as fact. Foodie trends such as gluten free, low fat, low carb can hurt the industry – we need balance. On that note, mislabeling is another ...

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 04/04/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp

    Budget and appropriations season is upon us. NASDA shared our priorities for agriculture program funding late last week in a letter to House and Senate appropriators. Brush up on the Congressional appropriations process here. Additionally, the White House’s draft notice on NAFTA negotiations were made public, and the EPA made news with an announcement on chlorpyrifos. Here’s the review:

    • EPA announced its decision to deny a petition seeking to revoke all food residue tolerances for chlorpyrifos, with support from NASDA and other ag and food organizations.
    • A leaked draft notice from the White House on its intent to negotiate NAFTA surfaced, referencing the administration’s desire to pursue many items which were included in the TPP agreement.
    • A bill penned the Save our Small and Seasonal Business Act was introduced by a number of  senators, which would make the H-2B returning worker exemption permanent and streamline processing.
    • The Opportunities for Fairness ...
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  • 03/29/2017
    Press Release
    The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) today applauded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) decision to decline a petition to revoke tolerances for chlorpyrifos, which is integral for crop protection, including resistance management and integrated ...
  • Dudley W Hoskins Posted on 04/04/2017 by Dudley W Hoskins

    Yesterday, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) released an assessment evaluating the Animal Disease Traceability (ADT) program and the effectiveness of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Title 9 Part 86, Animal Disease Traceability, to enhance our tracing capabilities for emergency response, disease control, and eradication programs. The assessment is based on an evaluation of traceability parameters since the publication of Part 86 through September 30, 2016. After publishing the final rule, “Traceability for Livestock Moving Interstate,” the USDA acknowledged that additional enhancements to traceability would be considered after assessing whether the requirements were being implemented effectively.

    This assessment can be found here or upon request by emailing ADT Staff at: traceability@aphis.usda.gov.  APHIS will host a series of public meetings across the country this spring to hear from the ...

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  • Dudley W Hoskins Posted on 04/04/2017 by Dudley W Hoskins

    The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) is hosting a Rapid Outcomes from Agricultural Research (ROAR) webinar on April 5th from 1:00 – 2:00 PM (ET) that will include a brief presentation on how to participate in FFAR’s newly expanded program, which offers grants up to $150,000 for research designed to mitigate or prevent damage from a pest or pathogen outbreak. The session will end with an open Q&A. 

    To join the event, please:

    About ROAR:

    The Rapid Outcomes from Agricultural Research (ROAR) program, created by FFAR, provides nimble deployment of funds to support research and outreach in response to emerging or unanticipated threats to the nation’s food supply or agricultural systems. ROAR participants, including but not limited to university researchers, farmers or producers, ...

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  • Dudley W Hoskins Posted on 04/04/2017 by Dudley W Hoskins

    The Agricultural & Food Law Consortium is hosting the Fourth Annual Mid-South Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference  (June 8-9) in Memphis, TN at the University of Memphis School of Law.  This program is part of a long-term effort to provide relevant and timely agricultural and environmental legal research and information to attorneys, lenders, accountants, tax consultants, students and other agricultural professionals involved in the agriculture and aquaculture industries in the southern U.S.   The goal is to provide resources in the form of presentations and content, as well as to foster dialogue about the range of agricultural, food, and aquaculture issues for the Mid-South agricultural community. 

    Led by the National Agricultural Law Center, the Agricultural & Food Law Consortium is a national, multi-institutional collaboration designed to enhance and expand the development and delivery of authoritative, timely, and objective agricultural ...

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  • Charlie Ingram Posted on 04/04/2017 by Charlie Ingram
    NASDA Enumerators Attend Oklahoma Ag Day at Capitol

    NASDA Office enumerators in the Oklahoma Data Collection Center (DCC) attended Ag Day events held at the State Capitol on March 29.  There were dozens of exhibitors, and others in attendance representing a diverse cross section of agriculture. Enumerators enjoyed visiting the different booths, and learning from those in attendance. Everyone left with a re-newed appreciation for those producing our food, and support of agriculture on display. 

    Since 1972, NASDA has been a partner with USDA’s National Agricultural Statistic Service (NASS) in providing timely, accurate and useful statistics to U.S. agriculture. Under our NASS-NASDA cooperative agreement, NASDA employs more than 3,000 enumerators across the country who collect agricultural data on behalf of NASS.

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 04/04/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp
    U.S. Hogs and Pigs Inventory Up 4 Percent

    As of March 1, there were 71.0 million hogs and pigs on U.S. farms, up 4 percent from March 2016, but down 1 percent from December 1, 2016, according to the Quarterly Hogs and Pigs report published March 30 by the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). 

    Other key findings in the report were:

    • Of the 71.0 million hogs and pigs, 64.9 million were market hogs, while 6.07 million were kept for breeding.
    • Between December 2016 and February 2017, 31.4 million pigs were weaned on U.S. farms, up 4 percent from the same time period one year earlier.
    • From December 2016 through February 2017, U.S. hog and pig producers weaned an average of 10.43 pigs per litter.
    • U.S. hog producers intend to have 3.01 million sows farrow between March and May 2017, and 3.05 million sows farrow between June and August 2017.
    • Iowa hog producers accounted for the largest inventory among the states, at 21.8 million head.
    • North Carolina and Minnesota had the second and third largest ...
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  • Bob  Ehart Posted on 04/04/2017 by Bob Ehart

    A new Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) seeks to fund projects which propose multidisciplinary systems approaches that integrate new technologies and strategic management that solve water availability and quality challenges in food production systems. The long-term goal of this program is to sustainably increase agricultural productivity and availability of safe and nutritious food while significantly reducing water use and preserving water quality. The projects are expected to transform how abundant, safe, and nutritious food is produced, processed, distributed, and consumed within the limits of available water from traditional and non-traditional sources. This program area is seeking to bridge between conversation and food safety. While eligibility to apply is limited to certain institutions of higher education, opportunities to find solutions to regulatory problems for producers and to participate as collaborators also exist. For additional information ...

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  • Dudley W Hoskins Posted on 04/04/2017 by Dudley W Hoskins

    USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) posted  the National Scrapie Eradication Program February 2017 Monthly Report.  The monthly reports are available in both PowerPoint Monthly Report and PDF Monthly Report formats. Highlights of the February 2017 Report include: no new positive classical scrapie cases have been reported in either sheep or goats in FY 2017; and close to 15,000 animals have been tested for scrapie since October 1, 2016. To report a sheep or goat with clinical signs of scrapie, please contact your local VS office.  To learn more about scrapie and the national scrapie eradication program, visit the APHIS VS Scrapie Website and www.eradicatescrapie.org.

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