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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 05/23/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp

    In order to provide farmers with the resources and support needed to endure these tough economic conditions, National Farmers Union (NFU) and Farmers Union state divisions have compiled resources, organized listening sessions, and initiated a national campaign to raise awareness for the current farm crisis.

    “We’re in the midst of a farm crisis,” said NFU President Roger Johnson. “Net farm income has been cut in half over the past four years, and other indicators point to intense, ongoing stress within our rural communities. Importantly, there is no foreseeable end to these tough conditions. Farmers, ranchers, and their communities are bracing for very hard times, and Farmers Union is going to be there to help them through it.”

    Johnson echoed this sentiment in a letter to NFU members, announcing the start of a campaign to raise awareness for the farm crisis and provide support to family farmers and ranchers. NFU launched a new online resource center ...

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  • Barbara P. Glenn Posted on 05/23/2017 by Barbara P. Glenn
    Putting Food Producers on the MAP in the Next Farm Bill

    By Dr. Barbara P. Glenn, Chief Executive Officer

    On your next drive across our beautiful countryside, imagine that as many as one out of every five rows of crops are exported. That means corn, soybeans, wheat, cotton, pecans, and a diverse array of other agricultural products will eventually nourish someone outside of the borders of our country. Farmers and ranchers depend on international trade for their livelihood. But it doesn’t stop there. From rural communities to urban areas, small businesses that transform agriculture’s bounty into products that are sold around the globe also depend on export markets overseas.

    That is why the Market Access Program (MAP), which helps our farmers, ranchers, and small businesses make inroads into the global marketplace, is so important. 

    The return on investment from MAP for the American taxpayer dollar is huge: $24 are earned for every $1 invested in foreign market development. As Congress begins debating the next Farm Bill, ...

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  • DeWitt  Ashby Posted on 05/23/2017 by DeWitt Ashby
    More Than 60,000 Foodservice Leaders Attend NASDA’s American Food Fair Pavilion at NRA Show

    NASDA, together with USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), opened the American Food Fair at the National Restaurant Show at McCormick Place in Chicago on Saturday. The American Food Fair, featuring more than 90 small to large American food and beverage companies, will end today at 3:00 PM. NASDA has been organizing the pavilion in cooperation with USDA FAS for 16 years.

    “The expansion of export opportunities for U.S. food and beverage producers is vital to the health of our economy,” said NASDA CEO Dr. Barbara P. Glenn. “The international trade partnerships established at this show are critical tools for the economic success of the U.S. food and agriculture sector.

    Part of the larger National Restaurant Show, the floor was visited by more than 60,000 foodservice leaders from 50 states and more than 120 countries. The state departments of agriculture from Hawaii, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin all participated to promote their state’s ...

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 05/16/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp
    New York: State Ag Commissioner Highlights Additions to 2017 Census of Agriculture

    State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball today highlighted changes to the 2017 Census of Agriculture, which will be mailed out to farmers later this year. The Census of Agriculture is the only complete count of U.S. farms and ranches and their operators. An accurate Census of Agriculture is vitally important to New York farms and rural communities because of its role in driving funding and program support at the federal level. Changes to this year’s Census of Agriculture include: the collection of data on active-duty and military veteran farmers, more detailed information on marketing practices, and the launch of an improved online questionnaire.

    Commissioner Ball said, “The Census of Agriculture is an extremely valuable tool for communities. The data it collects helps track New York’s strengths in agriculture and its importance to the economy, and it helps us identify trends to capitalize on to further grow the industry. All farmers should participate in the ...

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 05/16/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp

    The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) would like to warn Texans about a scam being run against individuals who have hay for sale.

    TDA has received alerts from Johnson and Karnes counties about scammers contacting hay sellers. The supposed hay buyer will send the seller a check in excess of the amount the hay is being sold for and then ask the seller to wire the extra money somewhere else. The scammers explain the overpayment by saying they need to cover taxes or shipping costs; however, then the check bounces and the scammer already has the money wired to them. The hay seller is then left to pay the money back to the bank.

    TDA recommends always reaching out to your local law enforcement agency if something seems fishy about a transaction or purchase. In addition, you may use TDA’s Hay Hotline to locate hay sellers and buyers in your area by visiting our website here.

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 05/16/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp

    Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue reminds farmers and ranchers, families and small businesses that were affected by the recent severe storms and flooding that USDA has several programs that provide assistance before, during and after disasters.  USDA staff in the regional, State and county offices in the states of Arkansas, Illinois, Kansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas are ready to help. 

    “We want you to know that USDA resources are at your disposal,” said Perdue.  “USDA has people on the ground, in every county, who can help you.  We will do everything we can to help farmers get those fields back in order and encourage them to take advantage of these USDA resources.”

    View the full press statement to learn who to contact for property and shelter, food safety and assistance, crop and livestock loss, or community recovery resources.

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 05/16/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp

    USDA gets a makeover, EPA announced an extension for a pesticide applicator rule, and U.S. beef will land in China for the first time in 14 years. Here’s the review:

    • USDA Secretary Perdue released a plan to reorganize international trade and other functions at USDA, which will include the creation of an Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs (TFAA).
    • Robert Lighthizer was confirmed as U.S. Trade Representative in a 82-14 vote.
    • EPA announced a 12-month extension for the implementation of the final Certification and Training of Pesticide Applicators rule, following a request to extend by NASDA.
    • U.S. beef imports are expected to arrive in China no later than July 16, following a 14 year ban.

    Written by Lacie Dotterweich

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  • Charlie Ingram Posted on 05/16/2017 by Charlie Ingram

    May 16, 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the first Federal-State cooperative agreement to collect and publish agricultural statistics. The first cooperative agreement was signed by Commissioner Christion Norgord of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture and William Callander, the federal statistician for Wisconsin. The remaining states followed suit in the coming months and years. NASS and NASDA will be working closely to recognize and celebrate these long-standing, successful partnerships.

    It is also interesting to note that 2017 marks the 45th anniversary of the NASS-NASDA cooperative agreement to provide enumerators as our primary data collection team. Since 1972, NASDA has been a partner with NASS in providing timely, accurate and useful statistics to U.S. agriculture. Under our NASS-NASDA cooperative agreement, NASDA employs more than 3,000 enumerators across the country who collect agricultural data on behalf of NASS. We look forward to many, many good years ahead.

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 05/16/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp

    On the fringes of recent press around goods frauduently imported to the U.S. and sold as organic, the USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service has posted frauduluent organic certificates to their website.

    These certificates falsely represent agricultural products as certified organic under the USDA organic regulations, violating the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990. Fraudulent certificates may have been created and used without the knowledge of the operator or the certifying agent named in the certificate. 

    The posting of fraudulent certificates does not necessarily mean that the named operator or certifying agent was involved in illegal activity. If an operation named on a fraudulent certificate is certified, its certifying agent, identified in the list of certified operations, can provide additional information and verification to the organic trade. Organic handlers should continue to review certificates carefully, validate with their certifying agents where ...

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  • Dudley W Hoskins Posted on 05/16/2017 by Dudley W Hoskins

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced today the dates and locations for three public comment meetings on the proposed revisions to our biotechnology regulations. The dates and locations for the public comment meetings are:

    1. June 6, 2017, at the APHIS Center for Animal Welfare, Kansas City, Missouri
    2. June 13, 2017, at the University of California, Davis Conference Center, Davis, California
    3. June 16, 2017, at the USDA Center at Riverside, Riverdale, Maryland
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  • Dudley W Hoskins Posted on 05/16/2017 by Dudley W Hoskins

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS) recently learned that several varieties of petunias genetically engineered (GE) to produce various hues of orange, red and purple colored flowers have been imported into the United States from Africa, Asia, Central America, Europe, South America, as well as the countries of Australia, Israel, and Mexico, and distributed interstate without proper authorization as required by APHIS regulations at 7 CFR part 340.

    Petunias are annual, ornamental plants that have no sexually compatible wild relatives in the United States, are not plant pests and are not listed as noxious weeds.

    APHIS is working in close cooperation with breeders and growers represented by the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) and AmericanHort to ensure the implicated GE petunia varieties are withdrawn from distribution. Several distributors have already voluntarily removed GE petunias from distribution and destroyed them ...

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  • Mike  Strain Posted on 05/12/2017 by Mike Strain
    Animal Health in the Farm Bill: The Cornerstone to Food Security

    By: Commissioner Michael G. Strain, NASDA President, Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry

    In 2015 we endured our largest and most expensive animal health emergency in U.S. history when Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) swept across 15-states, causing the forced depopulation of 48 million chickens and turkeys and a $3.3 billion economic impact.  Unfortunately, we have seen several additional avian influenza incidents in recent months. 

    As a large animal veterinarian, I have seen first-hand the crippling effects animal disease outbreaks have on U.S. poultry and livestock producers and our rural economies. Congress has an opportunity to mitigate these impacts in the next Farm Bill by establishing an Animal Pest and Disease Disaster Prevention Program – a much needed preventive approach to addressing the myriad of devastating livestock and poultry disease incidents we have been facing over the past several years.  This call to arms requires the ...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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