April 25, 2017

  • 04/24/2017
    Press Release
    The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) today congratulates Sonny Perdue upon his confirmation as the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture by the United States Senate.

    NASDA President and Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture & Forestry Dr. Mike Strain noted ...
  • 04/25/2017
    Press Release
    The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) announced today that Janell Hendren has joined NASDA’s public policy team as Associate Director, Public Policy and Food Safety Programs.  Janell will represent NASDA on Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) ...
  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 04/25/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp

    Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey and North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture Steve Troxler, along with former California Commissioner of Food & Agriculture A.G. Kawamura and a host of other farm leaders, joined President Donald Trump for a Farmer Roundtable at the White House this afternoon. Secretary Northey and Commissioner Troxler highlighted the challenges, and opportunities, in food production.

    The meeting came on the verge of an Executive Order from President Trump acknowledging the importance of agriculture to national security and propserity.

    The Executive Order specifically establishes an interagency task force to be chaired by Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. The task force is ordered to identify legislative, regulatory, or policy changes to promote American agriculture, economic development, job growth, infrastructure improvements, technological innovation, energy security, and quality of life in rural America. The report from the task force is due ...

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 04/25/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp

    Last week, an EPA rule on air emissions from animal waste was vacated, EPA sought regulatory review , President Trump took action on dairy, a new EO was signed that will affect foreign labor, and the Senate Finance Committee voted to back the USTR nominee. Here’s the review:

    • A 2008 EPA rule that exempted all animal feeding operations from reporting air emissions from animal waste was vacated. The previous rule that requires any animal feeding operation of any size and with air emissions of ammonia in excess of 100 lbs per day will go into effect after 45 days, unless a rehearing is sought.
    • A Federal Register Notice was posted by the EPA requesting suggestions on regulations that may be up for repeal, replacement, or modification. The comment period will close on May 15th.
    • President Trump vowed to stand up for American dairy following NASDA and the dairy industry urging him to take action on a Canadian pricing program.
    • An executive order penned “Buy American, Hire ...
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  • Dudley W Hoskins Posted on 04/25/2017 by Dudley W Hoskins
    LEADelaware Visits NASDA Office to Discuss Farm Bill & Other Policy Issues

    Holly Porter, Deputy Principal Assistant for the Delaware Department of Agriculture, brought the LEADelaware  Class IV to the NASDA offices for a lunch-and-learn to discuss the upcoming Farm Bill and share insights on a range of policy issues, including but not limited to: animal health, tax reform, weed resistance, conservation, Title I programs, nutrient management, and cultivating the next generation of Ag Leaders.  We thank Holly and J.T. for their time and leadership, and we always appreciate the opportunity to visit with state leaders when they are in town!

    Pictured Left to Right (Back Row): Dan Bautista, Univ of DE Poultry Veterinarian; Brooks Cahall, DNREC Environmental Program Manager; Blake Moore, DE Dept of Ag Environmental Scientist; J.T. Carpenter III, Farmer; and Dan Severson, Univ of DE Extension Agent. (Front Row): Lacie Dotterweich, NASDA Intern; Holly Porter, De Dept of Ag Dep Asst; Claire Cooper, Sussex Conservation Dist Conservation Planner; Samantha ...

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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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  • Dudley W Hoskins Posted on 04/25/2017 by Dudley W Hoskins

    USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced Animal Welfare inspection reports involving business entities that occurred after the Agency restricted the public’s access to the search tool for the Animal Care Inspection System on Feb. 3, 2017, while the Agency conducts a comprehensive review of the information on its website.  The newly posted inspection reports involve inspections that occurred between January 10 and March 24, 2017. 

    As part of the comprehensive review of information, APHIS is continuing to closely review animal inventories that accompany inspection reports.  For this reason, the newly posted inspection reports do not include animal inventories, though APHIS intends to make information regarding animal inventories available again in the future.  Consistent with the agency’s procedures for allowing time to consider and incorporate additional information, as appropriate, developed during appeals of ...

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 04/25/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp

    When first passed in 1933, the Farm Bill (then known as the Agricultural Adjustment Act) was designed to incentivize struggling growers to produce more food for Americans suffering from the Great Depression. Although that time has long since passed, America’s farmers and ranchers continue to face challenges ranging from volatile market prices to erratic weather patterns.

    Take, for example, California’s historic drought: according to economic analyses conducted by UC Davis, California’s drought caused $5.6 billion in losses to the state’s agricultural economy in its final three years. For California’s farmers and ranchers, the farm bill not only provides a healthy safety net, but more importantly, peace of mind.

    Specifically, three titles within the Farm Bill help create a strong safety net for our farmers and ranchers: commodities, crop insurance and trade.

    To read the full blog post, click here.

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 04/25/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp
    South Dakota: Celebrating Earth Day by Doing Our Part

    By Mike Jaspers, South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture

    Spring is upon us here in South Dakota! The pastures are greening; lambing and calving are under way; and planting is just around the corner. The weather is getting nicer allowing all of us to spend some more time outside, enjoying the beauty South Dakota has to offer. Whether fishing on the Missouri, checking calves from horseback or simply listening to the birds while enjoying a morning cup of coffee, we have much to appreciate and enjoy. We also all have a responsibility to do our part to protect our natural resources so that our kids, grandkids and their grandkids can enjoy the beauty of our great state. That is a responsibility producers and your department of agriculture take very seriously.

    Although for those of us in agriculture who depend on the land for our livelihood, every day is Earth Day, this year we officially celebrate Earth Day April 22. From a young age, we have all learned about the importance of recycling. ...

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