June 27, 2017

  • DeWitt  Ashby Posted on 06/27/2017 by DeWitt Ashby
    Over 20 Percent of Sales from Last Month’s American Food Fair Destined for the International Marketplace

    NASDA’s 2017 American Food Fair Pavilion at the NRA Show, held May 20-23, set new records for exhibits and exhibit space sold.  The 2017 show, featuring 97 exhibitors, increased in square footage to 12,600 net square feet, a nearly 33% increase from the year before. The almost 19% increase in exhibiting entities included five NASDA Members – Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Hawaii.  Exhibitors in this year’s show reported $40.9 million in sales (actual and projected) with over 20 percent destined for overseas markets.

    Looking forward to 2018, over 90 percent of the show floor is committed, including the addition of two new state pavilions featuring products from Indiana and Maine.  NASDA produces the American Food Fair with funds provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service Market Access Program, a top priority for NASDA in the next Farm Bill. For every $1 invested in MAP, $24 is returned in export ...

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  • 06/27/2017
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    Following the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) announcement today to withdraw the 2015 Clean Water Rule and recodify the previous regulations, National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) President and Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture Michael G. Strain ...
  • 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 06/27/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp

    The Delaware Department of Agriculture is seeking applications for a Food Safety Program Coordinator. The coordinator is responsible for administering a statewide program which resulted from the implementation of the Federal Safety Modernization Act. This position will be responsible for planning, coordinating and implementing a produce safety program to include conducting outreach, education, technical assistance, training, sampling and enforcement activities. Incumbent administers program related grants including reporting, budgeting and monitoring. Additionally, they will provide technical guidance to a wide variety of fruit and vegetable producers and serve as point of contact for farmers, trade associations, school districts, farmers markets, state agencies and the public. The deadline to apply is June 30. Click here for more information.

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 06/27/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp
    Kansas: KDA Program Receives Food Safety Award

    The food safety and lodging program in the Kansas Department of Agriculture received the 2017 Elliot O. Grosvenor Food Safety Award from the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) at their annual conference in Houston, Texas, on June 20.

    The Grosvenor Award is selected by a panel of judges to recognize outstanding achievements made by food safety programs across the U.S. and in Canada. The award goes to a program that showcases improvement, innovation or sustained high performance. The KDA program was honored due to its commitment to consumer protection and food safety statewide, and in particular for its proactive work in food safety education in the growing cottage food industry.

    The KDA food safety and lodging program is responsible for food safety inspections of food establishments, including restaurants, grocery stores, conveniences stores and schools, along with food processors and lodging establishments. Nearly 50 inspectors cover the state of Kansas, promoting public ...

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 06/27/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp

    The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) is searching for a well-versed management professional to lead our Pesticide Management Division. The division encompasses four Programs: Pesticide Compliance, Dairy Nutrient Management, Registration Services, and Certification and Training. The Division protects the public interest, health and welfare of the people of the state of Washington by providing cost efficient and effective services for the regulation of pesticides, dairy nutrient management and fertilizers. The deadline to apply is June 30. Click here for more information.

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