June 13, 2017

  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 06/13/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp

    The USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service and Food Safety and Inspection Service yesterday laid out the requirements and documentation necessary for U.S. companies wishing to export beef to China. The two countries reached an agreement on U.S. beef exports which will open the giant market of China to U.S. producers for the first time since 2003. The export agreement comes as part of the U.S.-China 100-Day Action plan announced on May 11, 2017 by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and Secretary of the Treasury Steven T. Mnuchin.

    Written by Alex Noffsinger

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 06/13/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp
    NASDA Now Seeking Nominations for Annual Honor Awards Program

    We are now accepting nominations for an important part of our annual meeting program, the NASDA Honor Awards. For 45 years, NASDA has honored exemplary employees of NASDA Members through this program. Current NASDA Members are not eligible for nomination. The deadline to submit nominations is Friday, July 14, 2017 at 5:00 PM EDT.

    Actual presentation of the awards occurs as a highlight of our upcoming Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA on September 14, 2017 at the President’s Banquet.

    The awards open for nomination are below. A full description of awards, submission requirements, and previous recipients can be found here.

    1. Douglass-Irvin Administration Award—Recognition of outstanding contributions within a state agency resulting in improved efficiency and impact.    
    2. Communications Award—Recognition of outstanding work in media and public communications within a state agency resulting in improved understanding of agriculture and agricultural ...
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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 06/13/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced the projects selected to receive the USDA’s annual farm to school grants designed to increase the amount of local foods served in schools. Sixty-five projects were chosen nationwide.

    • $100,000: The Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries will use grant funds to assist farmers with GAP certification, revise the Alabama farm to school website, develop a state-wide promotional campaign, and support school garden curriculum development. The Druid City Garden Project will utilize funds to facilitate building mobile cooking units for schools to engage students in cooking demonstrations with produce grown in school gardens.
    • $100,000: The Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Division of Agriculture will assist communities in tailoring their farm to school efforts to their strengths, resources, and interests by creating a regional model of farm to school stakeholder engagement. The project team believes this will help ...
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  • Carly Grether Posted on 06/13/2017 by Carly Grether
    NASDA Welcomes Michigan State Student as Summer Intern

    NASDA is pleased to welcome Alex Noffsinger, a senior at Michigan State University, as their summer agriculture policy intern.

    Alex, a native of the Lansing, Michigan area, is majoring in Social Relations & Policy and minoring in Science, Technology, and Environmental Public Policy. Alex spends his extra time getting involved with Kappa Alpha Pi Pre-Law Fraternity, running competitively for the MSU Running Club, and working for the Associated Students of Michigan State University. Prior to joining NASDA, Alex interned last summer with the U.S. Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee’s minority staff, working on issues ranging from crop insurance to food labeling. Alex has also completed an internship with the Michigan Legislature. While not directly studying agriculture, Alex has always had an affinity for agriculture. Growing up in a farming community with a mother and uncles involved in agribusiness, from a young age Alex came to appreciate the important ...

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 06/13/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp

    For the first time in nearly a decade, State Agriculture Commissioner and President of the Northeast Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NEASDA) Richard A. Ball today announced that New York State is hosting the 2017 NEASDA conference in Cooperstown.  Beginning today and running through June 15, the NEASDA meeting is considered one of the most important agricultural conferences of the year. It brings together commissioners, secretaries, and directors of 10 state departments of agriculture from across the Northeast, as well as federal and international partners, educational groups, and industry representatives to discuss policy initiatives impacting the industry.  New York State last hosted the NEASDA conference in 2009. 

    “I am honored to ...

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 06/13/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp
    Idaho hosts Secretary Sonny Perdue and Secretary Ryan Zinke

    From Capital Press, Written by Sean Ellis

    Farmers and ranchers described a private meeting with two of President Donald Trump’s cabinet members June 2 as unprecedented and historic.

    Instead of addressing the group, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke listened and took notes, according to those who were there.

    “They just didn’t have an agenda. They truly wanted to listen to us,” said Aberdeen potato farmer Ritchey Toevs.

    They covered a wide range of topics, from immigration and the importance of labor to aquifer recharge, Food Safety Modernization Act requirements, NAFTA, the U.S. Sheep Experiment station in Dubois, invasive water species, farm bill funding, the Endangered Species Act, Equal Access to Justice Act and grazing and other federal land-management issues.

    The meeting was set up by Idaho State Department of Agriculture Director Celia Gould and kept on track by Gov. Butch Otter, a Republican rancher.

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 06/13/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp

    The Emerging and Exotic Diseases of Animals (EEDA) online course will be offered for continuing education beginning July 26, 2017.  The course covers the causes and consequences of foreign animal diseases (FAD), how FAD’s are transmitted and introduced, the entities involved in a response to a FAD outbreak, what to do if a FAD is suspected, how veterinarians can be involved in a FAD response, and effective communication strategies.

    To find out more and register, visit http://www.cfsph.iastate.edu/EEDA-Course/

    This course is an excellent refresher for veterinarians and veterinary technicians, animal health industry employees and government officials interested in high consequence animal diseases and the response to them. Participants work at their own pace and complete the assignments based on their schedules.

    Cost to take the course is $250. It has been approved for up to 46 hours of Continuing Education (CE) through RACE (Registry of Approved Continuing Education of the ...

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