April 18, 2017

  • Carly  Grether Posted on 04/18/2017 by Carly Grether

    By Lacie Dotterweich, Policy Intern, NASDA

    Last week, NASDA and dairy industry stakeholders asked President Trump to take action on Canadian dairy. Additionally, NASDA hosted a reception honoring AgriCorp. Here’s the review:

    • NASDA and dairy organizations sent a letter to President Trump asking him to take action against Canada’s disregard for NAFTA trade obligations.
    • The Senate Agriculture Committee will hold a farm bill hearing on May 6 at a Michigan State University research and extension center, focusing on specialty crops, organics, and urban farming.
    • APHIS-Wildlife Services has suspended the use of M-44 sodium cyanide in Idaho.
    • NASDA, National 4-H Council, FFA, and American Farm Bureau Federation held a reception to honor AgriCorps

     

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  • Carly  Grether Posted on 04/18/2017 by Carly Grether

    (From left to right) Nathan Bowen, Public Policy Director, Lacie Dotterweich, Policy Intern, and Cameron Rhea, Administrative Assistant, were invited to attend the White House Easter Egg Roll in Washington, D.C. on April 17 to commemorate the holiday and tradition. 

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  • Dudley W Hoskins Posted on 04/18/2017 by Dudley W Hoskins

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is making available for public comment a draft Environmental Assessment (EA) prepared in connection with a permit application for the field release of genetically engineered (GE) diamondback moths.

    The moths are genetically engineered for repressible female lethality and to express red fluorescence as a marker. The purpose of the proposed field release is to assess the feasibility and efficacy of these moths in reducing populations of diamondback moth, a known plant pest and serious threat to agriculture. The draft EA will be available for a 30-day public review and comment period upon publication of their availability in the Federal Register on April 19, 2017.  APHIS will consider all public comments received on or before May 19, 2017.  The associated documents can be viewed on the BRS News Webpage.

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  • Dudley W Hoskins Posted on 04/18/2017 by Dudley W Hoskins

    Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced $462,000 in available funding to decrease the impact of disasters through cooperative extension programming. Funding is made through NIFA's Smith-Lever Special Needs Competitive Grants Program (SLSNCGP).

    The Smith-Lever Special Needs Competitive Grants Program supports quality of life in communities across the United States by addressing disaster preparedness, response, and recovery in the context of food, agriculture, natural resources, and human sciences. SLSNCGP provides information and tools to USDA, stakeholders, and collaborators to improve decision-making in handling disasters. SLSNCGP sponsors targeted projects that enable the Cooperative Extension Service to assist in preparing for, providing an educational response to, and recovering from disasters.

    Eligibility is limited to 1862 land-grant institutions in the 50 states and the U.S. territories, ...

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  • Carly  Grether Posted on 04/18/2017 by Carly Grether

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) shared a conversation that was posted to their website between the New York Commissioner of Agriculture and Markets’ Richard Ball, the Association of Food and Drug Officials’ Executive Director Joe Corby, and the Agency’s Acting Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine Erik Mettler on the FDA-State Partnership to Keep Food Safe. To view the conversation, please click here

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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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