October 4, 2017

  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 10/04/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp
    NASDA Members Heavily Engaged with Secretary Perdue

    NASDA Members across the nation have been meeting with U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to talk about issues affecting their state and the nation.  Since his confirmation by the Senate in late April, Secretary Perdue has met with over 20 members with more to come by the end of the year. Below are a few meetings NASDA Members have had with Secretary Perdue.

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  • Nathan  Bowen Posted on 10/04/2017 by Nathan Bowen

    The Trump Administration has filed an additional formal request on September 28 for consultations at the World Trade Organization (WTO) over British Columbia (BC) regulations that favor BC wines over imported US wines.  Notably, the BC regulations allow BC wine to be sold on grocery store shelves while US wines must be sold in a separate “store within a store.” 

    The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative filed an original request at the WTO for consultations over the British Columbia regulations on January 18, 2017.  This new request updates the previous request.

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 10/04/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp

    October is National Farm to School Month, a time to celebrate connections happening all over the country between schools and local food producers. From the Trout to Tray program in Livingston, to the Garden to Cafeteria program in Hindsale, to Harvest of the Month taste tests in Geyser, there are great farm to school partnerships in every region of Montana.

    “We congratulate Montana’s producers, students, food service staff, and community partners for the amazing local food partnerships that have been formed across the state,” said Ben Thomas, MDA Director. “Procuring Montana food products for schools can be tricky business, and we applaud the dedication of farm to school programs for finding innovative ways to source food from Montana farmers, ranchers, and food companies.”

    Farm to school programs enhance the connection communities have with fresh, healthy food and local food producers by changing food purchasing and education practices at schools and ...

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 10/04/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp

    The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship today announced a new public-private partnership to deliver conservation planning and outreach services to expand conservation and water quality efforts in three targeted watersheds. 

    North Iowa Agronomy Partners in Waverly and LT Leon Associates Inc. in Des Moines, IA will assist farmers and landowners in the conservation planning process and help them access federal programs focused on installing additional conservation practices.

    The project is merging traditional approaches to deliver conservation through scaling up conservation planning and conservation practices with a non-traditional approach utilizing private agronomic, conservation and engineering service providers. Augmenting current, traditional efforts, this project will provide 240 new or updated conservation plans covering an estimated 46,000 acres.

    “This effort will increase our capacity to reach more individual farmers and landowners to help scale-up ...

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 10/04/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp

    In an effort to support the safe evacuation of Puerto Ricans and their pets, Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam issued an emergency order suspending import paperwork requirements for pets that arrive in Florida with their evacuee owners. This emergency order does not apply to stray animals or livestock.

    “Our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico face a long road to recovery, and they need all the support we can provide,” said Commissioner Adam H. Putnam. “By removing some of the hurdles for evacuees coming to Florida with companion pets, we’re making the process of evacuating to Florida easier.”

    The following import requirements are temporarily suspended:

    • Rule 5C-3.002(1), F.A.C. – All animals OCVI/Health Certificates requirement;
    • Rule 5C-3.009(1) and (3), F.A.C. – Dogs and Cats OCVI/Health Certificates and rabies vaccination requirements; and
    • Rule 5C-3.0012(1), F.A.C. – Domestic Fowl OCVI/Health Certificates requirement.
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