October 11, 2017

  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 10/11/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp

    Earlier this week, California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. declared a state of emergency for Solano County, Napa, Sonoma and Yuba counties, and Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Nevada and Orange counties due to the effects of multiple fires, and requested a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration to support the state and local response to the Northern California fires, which was approved yesterday.

    The wildfiree have claimed a reported 17 lives thus far, burned over 100,000 acres, and required the evacutation of 20,000 residents from their homes. The White House has requested $576 million in wildfire aid from Congress in in the latest $12.8 billion disaster aid package.

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  • Carly Grether Posted on 10/11/2017 by Carly Grether

    NASDA is currently seeking applications for highly motivated public policy interns interested in learning about the legislation and regulations that impact American agriculture. There is one internship position available per semester and we are accepting applications for the upcoming spring semester (January - May). The deadline to apply for this semester is October 27, 2017. This full-time position is located in Arlington, Virginia.

    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.

    Please click here for more information.

    Interns are paid for their time at NASDA but housing is not provided.

    Submit the following documents to Carly Grether carly@nasda.org on or before October 27, 2017Please note: All of the following documents are required to be considered:

    • Cover letter
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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 10/11/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp

    The United State and South Korea have come to an agreement to begin discussions to amend the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS).

    "I now look forward to intensified engagement with Korea in an expeditious manner to resolve outstanding implementation issues as well as to engage soon on amendments that will lead to fair, reciprocal trade," U.S. Trade Representative Lighthizer said.

    Both The United States and South Korea anticipate further discussions and/or meetings to be scheduled in the coming weeks.

    Written by Mitchell Liwanig

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 10/11/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp

    This October, celebrate Farm to School Month with us by applying to the FY 2018 Farm to School Grant Program! The purpose of the USDA Farm to School Grant Program is to assist eligible entities in implementing farm to school programs that improve access to local foods in eligible schools. On an annual basis, USDA awards up to $5 million in competitive grants for training, supporting operations, planning, purchasing equipment, developing school gardens, developing partnerships, and implementing farm to school programs. Grant funding is available for eligible entities including schools and school districts, state and local agencies, non-profit organizations, small- and medium-sized agricultural producers, and Indian Tribal Organizations. For FY 2018, we offer implementation grants, planning grants, and training grants. State agencies and Indian tribal organizations are a funding priority!

    Interested in applying? Completed applications must be submitted on grants.gov by 11:59pm ET on ...

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 10/11/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp

    Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam recently announced that the United States Department of Agriculture awarded the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ comprehensive statewide promotion of the HealthierUS School Challenge during the 24th Annual Best Practice Awards in the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program and Food Distribution Program.

    “It’s critical that children have access to the nutrition they need for academic success, and the HUSSC program does a great job ensuring wholesome foods and physical activities are readily available for Florida students,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam.

    The USDA’s Annual Best Practice Awards recognize exemplary best practices within school nutrition programs. The department’s Division of Food, Nutrition and Wellness has piloted several approaches to help schools implement healthier options, including individualized technical assistance and ...

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 10/11/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced funding for the 2017 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP). California received $19.2 million out of approximately $60.6 million awarded nationwide.

    The SCBGP provides grants to state departments of agriculture to fund projects that enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops, defined as fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops (including floriculture).

    “This is an essential program for California in meeting a state priority - helping our specialty crop growers remain competitive,” said CDFA Secretary Karen Ross.“The success of this grant program has generated widespread support for continued robust funding in the Farm Bill.”

    The program will fund 54 projects, awarding grants ranging from $50,000 to $450,000 to non-profit and for-profit organizations, government entities, and colleges and universities. Selected through a competitive process, these projects focus on ...

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 10/11/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp

    Recent years have seen increased enthusiasm for specialty crop agriculture, and opportunities for growth exist in this sector of agriculture throughout Kansas. To support and expand this growth in the specialty crop industry, the Kansas Department of Agriculture conducted the first-ever Statewide Survey of Specialty Crop Production in 2016.

    The voluntary survey was constructed to gather information about specialty crop production, as there is a lack of recent production history around the state. A total of 314 responses were received from Kansas farmers who raise specialty crops. Results indicated that 36 percent of specialty crop sales happen at local farmers’ markets, and 42 percent of responding growers are seeking to expand their operations and sales in the future.

    “We are committed to growing agriculture in Kansas, and that includes a wide variety of specialty products,” said Secretary of Agriculture Jackie McClaskey. “We know that means giving specialty ...

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