April 11, 2017

  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 04/11/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp
    NASDA Member Spotlight: Alexis Taylor, Oregon Department of Agriculture

    This week's spotlight is on Oregon Director of Agriculture Alexis Taylor, one of NASDA's newest and youngest female members.

    How do you start your day?

    I usually start my day with a (very large) cup of coffee and checking out the weather across the state, followed by listening to my local NPR station while I get ready for the day. I have about a 50 minute commute to the Capitol each day so I usually make a few work calls and listen to the national news on my drive.

    What do you think is missing from the conversation when we don’t have women at the table and in leadership roles?

    Women have long been farming and ranching across the U.S. Today 31% of farmers are women and in Oregon 39% are women, farming over 7 million acres. So it’s not that we aren’t involved in all aspects of agriculture. But when women aren’t serving in leadership roles we miss the voice and perspective of half the world’s population. The makeup of our farmers, ranchers and ...

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 04/11/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp
    NASDA Members Talk Partnerships with New EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt

    Today NASDA held a meeting with the Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt and Ray Starling, Special Assistant for Agriculture, Trade and Food Assistance at the White House. A regionally diverse group of NASDA Members attended including Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture & Forestry and NASDA President Dr. Mike Strain, Indiana Director of Agriculture Ted McKinney, Connecticut Commissioner of Agriculture Steve Reviczky, and New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte.

    NASDA Members conversed with Administrator Pruitt on one of the association's key priorities for the year: cooperative federalism. NASDA highlighted the need for a more robust partnership and role for the states in federal policymaking and full funding for federal mandates for which states act as co-regulators. NASDA members also thanked the administrator for recent actions on Chlorpyrifos and the Waters of the United States.

    NASDA members also highlighted the importance of ...

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  • Carly Grether Posted on 04/11/2017 by Carly Grether

    Regional meeting season at NASDA is quickly approaching and hotel reservations and event registration are now available! NASDA's regional meetings are smaller, more intimate events held throughout the summer to discuss regional policy issues. Learn about all of NASDA's upcoming events at www.nasda.org/events.aspx. Please contact Carly Grether at carly@nasda.org with questions.

    SASDA Annual Meeting
    June 4-7
    Nashville, TN

    NEASDA Annual Meeting
    June 12-15
    Cooperstown, NY
    (Hotel | Event Registration)
    May 12: Deadline to book your hotel and receive the early-bird registration rate

    MASDA Annual Meeting
    June 19-22
    Cleveland, OH
    (Hotel | Event Registration)
    May 22: Deadline to book your hotel and receive the early-bird registration rate

    WASDA Annual Meeting
    July 23-28
    Sun Valley, ID
    (Hotel | Event Registration)
    June 15: Deadline to book your hotel and receive the early-bird registration rate

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  • Carly Grether Posted on 04/11/2017 by Carly Grether

    NASDA is seeking interns for the fall semester, beginning in August and ending in December of 2017. Fall interns will be heavily involved in the NASDA Annual Meeting, and will get the chance to travel to New Orleans, LA in September! NASDA, headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, is seeking highly motivated students interested about the 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 provides a monthly stipend but housing is not provided. Start and end dates are flexible. The deadline to apply is Monday, May 22, 2017. Click here to learn how to apply. Please contact Carly Grether at carly@nasda.org if you have any questions.

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  • Carly Grether Posted on 04/11/2017 by Carly Grether
    Iowan Lacie Dotterweich Serving NASDA as Spring Intern

    Iowan Lacie Dotterweich is currently serving as NASDA's spring agricultural policy intern.

    Lacie, an eastern Iowa native, is currently a junior at Iowa State University double majoring in Agriculture & Society and Public Relations. Lacie spends her extra time getting involved with Delta Gamma Fraternity, Public Relations Student Society of America, the Student Government Public Relations Committee and the Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow Club. Prior to joining NASDA, Lacie interned for Iowa State University Extension & Outreach assisting county staff with 4-H programs, and the county fair. Growing up near her grandparents mixed crop – livestock farm, Lacie has a passion for agriculture and is dedicated to learning as much as she can about agricultural policy and how it affects agriculture across the nation.

    Lacie has spent the first half of her internship attending congressional hearings, doing research to advance NASDA's policy goals, and writing content ...

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 04/11/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp

    USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has expanded the hours of its Meat and Poultry Hotline and their "Ask Karen" online chat service. Consumers can speak to a hotline food expert at 1-888-674-6854 from 10 AM to 6 PM Eastern time.

    This toll-free telephone service, which began July 1, 1985, helps prevent foodborne illness by answering questions about the safe storage, handling, and preparation of meat, poultry, and egg products.USDA FSIS has regulatory authority over all meat and poultry products.

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  • Dudley W Hoskins Posted on 04/11/2017 by Dudley W Hoskins

    APHIS announced the availability of a new factsheet titled “Questions and Answers: Moving Baled Hay From Areas Under Quarantine for Imported Fire Ant”  for those buying, selling, or producing baled hay.  This publication contains useful information for farmers, ranchers, hay growers, and suppliers, especially those who are responding to recent wildfires in Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas and are seeking critical feed sources for livestock.  It is APHIS’ goal to help support commerce and the movement of hay, while guarding against the further spread of the imported fire ant.  Click here to open the factsheet.

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  • Dudley W Hoskins Posted on 04/11/2017 by Dudley W Hoskins

    Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced $4.2 million in available funding to help eligible veterinarians repay a portion of their veterinary school loans in return for serving in areas of the United States lacking sufficient veterinary resources. Funding is made through NIFA’s Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP), authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.

    Recipients are required to commit to three years of veterinary service in a designated veterinary shortage area. A map of veterinary service shortage areas by state is available online. Loan repayment benefits are limited to payments of the principal and interest on government and commercial loans received for attendance at an American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)-accredited college of veterinary medicine resulting in a degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine or the equivalent.

    Eligible applicants:

    • Have a degree of Doctor of ...
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  • Dudley W Hoskins Posted on 04/11/2017 by Dudley W Hoskins

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced it has preliminarily determined it will extend deregulation to Bayer CropScience’s canola genetically engineered (GE) for male sterility and herbicide resistance.

    APHIS previously reviewed and deregulated these GE traits in other varieties of GE canola. APHIS prepared a plant pest risk similarity assessment (PPRSA), draft environmental assessment (EA), preliminary finding of no significant impact (FONSI), and a preliminary determination of non-regulated status. These documents will be available for a 30-day public review and comment period upon publication of their availability in the Federal Register on April 12, 2017. APHIS will consider all public comments received on or before May 12, 2017. A copy of the extension request, supporting documents, and a link to provide public comments can be found on the News and Information page of the BRS website.

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  • Charlie Ingram Posted on 04/11/2017 by Charlie Ingram

    Producers surveyed across the United States intend to plant an estimated 89.5 million acres of soybeans in 2017, up 7 percent from last year and a record high, according to the Prospective Plantings report released March 31 by the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). If realized, soybeans will surpass the previous record of 83.4 million acres planted in the United States last year.

    Planted acreage intentions for soybeans are up or unchanged in 27 of the 31 estimating states. The largest increase is expected in Kansas with 5 million acres, an increase of 950,000 acres from 2016. If realized, the planted area of soybeans in Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, and Wisconsin will be the largest on record.

    Corn growers intend to plant 90 million acres in 2017, down 4 percent from last year, but 2 percent higher than in 2015. Expected returns for corn are anticipated to be ...

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