May 9, 2017

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    Today, the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) joined major animal agriculture and veterinary medicine organizations in calling on Congress to include a new Animal Pest and Disease Disaster Prevention Program in the 2018 Farm Bill. This new program would provide a ...
  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 05/09/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp

    Below is a guest column from Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) Secretary Ben Brancel:

    Over the past month, the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection focused on finding a short-term solution for the dozens of Wisconsin dairy farm families who suddenly lost their milk market. Thankfully on May 1, 99% of the milk had found a new home, at least temporarily. While we will continue to assist farmers through the Wisconsin Farm Center, it is now time for us as an industry to keep the conversation going and look long-term. The lessons we have learned should be what guides the future of Wisconsin’s dairy industry. The current situation has shown us all the importance of communication.

    Lesson #1: Communication with processors

    Communication needs to start between the farmer and the processor. Processing plants and farmers will have to work together directly to determine how much milk is needed. We cannot produce milk that does ...

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  • Nathan  Bowen Posted on 05/09/2017 by Nathan Bowen

    Last week in Washington, the Senate scheduled a vote on FDA Commissioner nominee, Congress passed the 2017 omnibus spending bill, U.S. beef imports were brought to Brazil, and a letter was sent to Congress in support of a new animal disease program. Here’s the review:

    • The Senate will vote on the nomination of Scott Gottlieb to be FDA Commissioner,  and the nomination of Robert Lighthizer to be USTR could be voted on as early as this week.
    • Congress passed the 2017 omnibus spending bill to authorize funding for the government through September 30th. The majority of NASDA funding priorities fell short of requested levels, however nearly all were funded at or above 2016 enacted amounts, while several were enacted at higher than requested amounts. View the full breakdown here.
    • For the first time since 2003, U.S. beef imports were allowed in Brazil, after the beef was blocked over concerns of mad cow disease.

    Written by Lacie Dotterweich

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  • Nathan  Bowen Posted on 05/09/2017 by Nathan Bowen

    Last week, Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) and Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME) introduced legislation (H.R. 2321), the Cultivating Revitalization by Expanding American Agricultural Trade and Exports (CREAATE) Act, that would increase funding for the Market Access Program (MAP) to $400 million annually and FMD to $69 million annually, with the increases being phased in over five years.  Reps. Cheri Bustos (D-IL), Roger Marshall (R-KS), Jimmy Panetta (D-CA), and Thomas Rooney (R-FL) joined Reps. Newhouse and Pingree as cosponsors of the bill. 

    NASDA's American Food Fair at the National Restaurant Show and U.S.A. Pavilion at America's Food & Beverage Show are cooperatively funded by USDA's Foregin Agricultural Service (FAS) using MAP funds.

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 05/09/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp

    The USDA today extended implementation of the Organic Livestock and Poultry Rule to November 14, an additional six-months beyond the 60-day extension initially put in place by the Trump administration. The USDA will also seek additional public comment on the rule, citing  "significant policy and legal issues addressed within the final rule." NASDA has taken several actions in opposition to the rule both independently and with the livestock and poultry community due to significant animal health, biosecurity, and compliance challenges for organic producers.

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 05/09/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp
    New Jersey: Christie Administration, New York Jets Honor Play 60

    New Jersey Department of Agriculture Secretary Douglas H. Fisher along with New York Jets offensive linemen Wesley Johnson and Brandon Shell today visited Pace Charter School of Hamilton to honor the school as the “Grand Champion” for the New Jersey Department of Agriculture’s Jets PLAY 60 “Eat Right, Move More” program. 

    The Jets PLAY 60 “Eat Right, Move More” program, a partnership between the Jets, the Department of Agriculture, and the American Dairy Association North East, encourages New Jersey school children to take advantage of healthy foods in their school cafeterias and become more active. 

    “This partnership with the Jets has helped schools do more to provide healthy food choices for students and encourage them to get more exercise,” said Secretary Fisher.  “We applaud Pace Charter School for going that extra mile to ensure that children have access to fresh fruits and vegetables and other ...

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 05/09/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp

    Jamie Clover Adams, Director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD), issued the following statement regarding the Farm Bill field hearing held Saturday by the United States Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry in Frankenmuth, MI:

    “I am pleased the Senate Agriculture Committee, including Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS), came to Michigan today to hear directly from Michigan farmers about the challenges and opportunities they face in providing safe, affordable food for their neighbors here in Michigan, across the United States and around the world. Michigan’s farmers are the foundation of our state’s $101.2 billion food and agriculture sector, as well as important economic engines for rural Michigan.

    “Field hearing participants conveyed to Senators Roberts and Stabenow (D-MI) the importance of agriculture exports. Michigan food and agriculture exports have a total annual impact of $11 billion ($2.8 billion direct, ...

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  • Carly  Grether Posted on 05/09/2017 by Carly Grether

    SASDA Annual Meeting
    June 4-7
    Nashville, TN
    Event Registration
    May 12: Deadline to book your hotel

    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 05/02/2017 by Carly Grether

    NASDA is seeking applications for our fall internship position. Fall interns will be heavily involved in the NASDA Annual Meeting, and will get the chance to travel to New Orleans, LA in September! Applicants should be 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 but the term will begin in August and end in December. The deadline to apply is Monday, May 22, 2017. Click here to learn how to apply.

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 05/09/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp

    Graduate and undergraduate students focusing on plant-science disciplines are invited to participate in a new video contest sponsored by the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA), National Association of Plant Breeders (NAPB), and the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America and Soil Science Society of America (Tri-Societies).

    The purpose of the contest is to bring plant breeding innovation, and the many sectors of the plant sciences that play a role in the plant breeding arena, to life through the next generation of plant scientists.

    Video submissions are due August 31, 2017. Videos will be judged by an expert panel, and cash prizes will be awarded for winners.

    For more information, including video specifications and submission requirements, click here. For questions, contact Bethany Shively.  

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 05/09/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp
    Oregon: ODA Employees - Ambassadors for Public Service

    The Oregon Department of Agriculture and all state agencies find themselves in the spotlight as part of Public Service Recognition Week, May 7-13 and, specifically, State Employee Recognition Day on Wednesday, May 10. With up to 400 employees and its 36 wide-ranging programs, ODA remains a meaningful, dynamic, and fulfilling place to work for most, if not all who come to work every day.

    “Our employees are committed to serving the public, to protecting our natural resources, to protecting every Oregonian through our food safety and consumer protection programs,” says ODA Director Alexis Taylor. “They are dedicated public servants who love what they do.”

    While the special week provides a great opportunity for Oregonians to appreciate and thank state workers for all they do, executive leadership and managers in state government are taking the time to express appreciation for the ...

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 05/09/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp
    North Carolina: Defense Department Program Awards $9.2 million for Conservation Projects Near N.C. Military Bases

    The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has secured $9.2 million in federal funding to protect land from development and maintain agricultural, forestry and military uses.

    The funding will support conservation efforts by the Eastern North Carolina Sentinel Landscape Partnership, which includes the NCDA&CS, the Army, Marine Corps, Air Force, other federal and state agencies, local governments and nonprofit organizations.

    “The Sentinel Landscape Partnership will use this grant to protect farms and forests that are vital to relieving encroachment on military training areas and airspace,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “Working with willing landowners, this effort will establish conservation easements and management programs on high-priority lands to the benefit of both agriculture and the military, North Carolina’s two largest industries.”

    The funding was awarded through a biennial competition known as the REPI ...

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  • Britt  Aasmundstad Posted on 05/09/2017 by Britt Aasmundstad

    The United States Department of Agriculture is seeking nominations for membership on the Secretary’s National Wildlife Services Advisory Committee (NWSAC).  Selected members will serve two-year terms.

    The NWSAC advises USDA on activities, policies, program issues, and research needed to conduct operations for Wildlife Services, a program within USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. The Committee also serves as a public forum enabling those affected by the Wildlife Services program to have a voice in the program’s policies.

    Nominations for individuals are sought from interested organizations, the academic community, stakeholder groups, State and Tribal agricultural agencies, and others. Nineteen new members will be selected from these groups, with the goal of obtaining the broadest possible representation on the committee. Appointments to the Committee will follow equal opportunity practices, in line with the USDA policies.   Committee ...

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