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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 03/28/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp
    Oklahoma: Blayne Arthur - A Significant Woman in Oklahoma Agriculture

    Wife, mother, producer, community member, executive director, board member, sister, friend…no matter what role Blayne Arthur is in during the day, she maintains a constant mindset that she is blessed.

    Arthur has earned the respect of many in the agricultural and professional world. There is no denying her experience and expertise in the field, from her background on the farm, to her numerous certifications and awards, and from her many group affiliations, to her impressive career in the industry. But it’s not just Arthur’s accomplishments and knowledge that draw many people to her. Her humility, trustworthiness and spirit of genuinely caring about those she interacts with leaves a lasting impression on many.

     “I don’t think I ever went to a meeting or conference with Blayne in which we were able to walk straight out the door,” said Bryan Painter, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture Communications Director and former co-worker of Arthur. ...

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 03/28/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp
    Census Of Agriculture Countdown Begins For America’s Farmers And Rancher

    America’s farmers and ranchers will soon have the opportunity to strongly represent agriculture in their communities and industry by taking part in the 2017 Census of Agriculture. Conducted every five years by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), the census, to be mailed at the end of this year, is a complete count of all U.S. farms, ranches, and those who operate them.

    “The Census of Agriculture remains the only source of uniform, comprehensive, and impartial agriculture data for every county in the nation,” said NASS Administrator Hubert Hamer. “As such, census results are relied upon heavily by those who serve farmers and rural communities, including federal, state and local governments, agribusinesses, trade associations, extension educators, researchers, and farmers and ranchers themselves.”

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 03/28/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp

    What's happened in Washington since last week's issue? Read this new weekly feature for NASDA's rundown of current events in federal ag policy.

    Last week, Capitol Hill was busy with nomination hearings while USDA APHIS and partners responded to a looming HPAI threats. Here’s the review:

    • The nominee to be U.S. Trade Representative, Robert Lighthizer, had his confirmation hearing, with support from NASDA and a host of other ag and food organizations.
    • The president released his “skinny budget” request, which would target USDA NASS, USDA ARS, EPA categorical grants, and EPA watershed programs.
    • A second case of HPAI in a commercial breeder flock was confirmed in TN by USDA; the affected premises have been quarantined and depopulation has begun.
    • Finally, the long awaited confirmation hearing for Governor Sonny Perdue was held, setting up confirmation for late March/early April.

    Written by Lacie Dotterweich

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  • DeWitt  Ashby Posted on 03/28/2017 by DeWitt Ashby
    World Class Audience Expected for NASDA's American Food Fair at NRA Show

    NASDA's American Food Fair joins the National Restaurant Association (NRA) to represent, educate and promote the 945,000 restaurants who sell $660.5 billion in the U.S. restaurant and hospitality marketplace. The American Food Fair, produced cooperatively with the USDA's Foregin Agricultural Service, provivdes new export opportunities to mostly small, American food and beverage companies.

    Over the past five years, the NRA Show has included over ten thousand exhibits, reaching a new high of 2,310 exhibits in 2016 alone. Vendors include every imaginable product needed to operate a restaurant from furnishings to cooking equipment to flat ware to food, along with scores of educational programs.  It’s not surprising that this event attracts a global audience.  In the same five-year period, the NRA Show attracted 24,000 international visitors from more than 110 countries. 

    For more information about the NRA Show and NASDA’s co-located ...

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 03/28/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp
    Agriculture Future of America Seeking Input on Brand Awareness

    Agriculture Future of America (AFA) is conducting a very quick survey to better understand awareness of the organization and its offerings to support future leaders in food and agriculture. Even if you’re not aware of AFA, please click link to complete – you will be done in one minute or less. Thanks for your time!

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  • Carly  Grether Posted on 03/21/2017 by Carly Grether

    THE WHITE HOUSE
    Office of the Press Secretary
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    March 21, 2017

    America's farmers and ranchers help feed the world, fuel our Nation's economy, and lead global markets in output and productivity.  The efficiency of American agriculture has provided this country with abundance our ancestors could not have imagined.

    The agriculture sector of the United States is endlessly innovative.  It continuously builds on its centuries of progress through advances in science, research, technology, safety, production, and marketing to meet the demands of changing consumer needs and complex world markets.  The agriculture sector provides jobs across our Nation, not just for farmers and ranchers, but for foresters, scientists, processors, shippers, firefighters, police, and retailers. 

    American agriculture is the largest positive contributor to our Nation's net trade balance, generating 10 percent of our exports and millions of American jobs.  ...

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  • Britt  Aasmundstad Posted on 03/21/2017 by Britt Aasmundstad

    Sonny Perdue will finally appear before the Senate Agriculture Committee at 10am on Thursday this week. The hearing marks the next step in Perdue’s confirmation process, making him the last cabinet member to have a hearing in front of the Senate. Agriculture is eager to see Perdue confirmed, especially with the White House’s skinny budget last week proposing a 21% cut to USDA. Perdue is expected to be confirmed and has wide support in the agriculture industry. The hearing will be live-streamed here

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  • Britt  Aasmundstad Posted on 03/21/2017 by Britt Aasmundstad

    The House Agriculture Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture and Research held a public hearing last week on the Agriculture Research title of the Farm Bill. Funding agriculture research is one of NASDA’s priorities for the next Farm Bill. Mr. Richard Wilkins of the American Soybean Association testified on behalf of the National Coalition for Food and Agricultural Research, which NASDA is a part of.

    Research is an important means to critical ends—providing science-based information and tools that help us in the food and agricultural system do our jobs for the ultimate benefit of consumers, the nation’s economy, and the world. The research title of the farm bill represents the nation’s signature federal investment in the future of the food and agricultural sector. Mr. Wilkins testified that “we as a nation are not investing enough in in publicly funded research to permit discovery necessary to regain and then maintain our nation’s place as the ...

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  • Nathan  Bowen Posted on 03/21/2017 by Nathan Bowen

    The Senate Finance Committee held its long-awaited confirmation hearing for Robert Lighthizer, President Trump’s nominee to be U.S. Trade Representative last week. NASDA and a host of other agriculture and food organizations sent a letter supporting Lighthizer’s nomination and emphasizing the importance of having a USTR and their full team in place. While the hearing was largely without fireworks, a number of Senators are insisting Lighthizer must receive a waiver from Congress in order to serve as USTR due to his past work representing foreign governments

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  • Carly  Grether Posted on 03/21/2017 by Carly Grether

    The American Farm Bureau Federation is pleased to invite presentation and workshop submissions for the AFBF Annual Convention & IDEAg Trade Show in Nashville, Tennessee, January 5-10, 2018. We are seeking proposals for workshops that keep our members excited by the latest innovations in agriculture, informed about the ever-changing landscape in the industry, and equipped to be better famers and leaders. 

    How can you help? We are excited to offer you the opportunity engage in this process by sending out the Request for Speakers Information and Submission Application to anyone you think may be a good fit for the 2018 Annual Convention!

    Who should receive the AFBF Request for Proposal?

    • Colleagues and industry associates
    • Colleges and universities…your alma mater
    • Businesses, big & small
    • Associations (ex. AARP and the National Restaurant Association)
    • Government agencies
    • Agricultural professionals you know who are doing amazing things in the industry
    • Anyone ...
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  • Charlie Ingram Posted on 03/21/2017 by Charlie Ingram

    America’s farmers and ranchers will soon have the opportunity to strongly represent agriculture in their communities and industry by taking part in the 2017 Census of Agriculture.  Conducted every five years by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), the census, to be mailed at the end of this year, is a complete count of all U.S. farms, ranches, and those who operate them.

    “The Census of Agriculture remains the only source of uniform, comprehensive, and impartial agriculture data for every county in the nation,” said NASS Administrator Hubert Hamer. “As such, census results are relied upon heavily by those who serve farmers and rural communities, including federal, state and local governments, agribusinesses, trade associations, extension educators, researchers, and farmers and ranchers themselves.”

    The Census of Agriculture highlights land use and ownership, operator characteristics, production practices, income and ...

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 03/07/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp

    Kelly Registration Systems, a leading provider of essential information and automation solutions to the agribusiness industry, recently announced a new software program to manage cattle brands with online registrations of brands for state departments of agriculture and stockmen’s associations.

    This first of its kind program is currently being implemented to manage Kansas’ livestock brand registrations. The state has some 16,000 brands. Kansas is one of a number of states that track livestock brands. While Kansas only tracks cattle, other states track sheep and horses.

    Historically, brand images have been hand-drawn and have included a 12-digit code, or “brandabetical,” to indicate which symbols made up the brand. A hardbound “brand book” was printed annually to catalog brands.

    According to Dr. Justin Smith of the Kansas Department of Agriculture, the previous process took much more time to conduct as it was manually driven. Once submitted, ...

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 03/07/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp

    USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is making more than $60 million in grants available to support farmers growing fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, and nursery crops, also known as specialty crops.  The Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) grants are managed cooperatively with state departments of agriculture and support projects including research, agricultural extension activities, and programs to address the needs of America's specialty crop industry. Applications by the states are due by June 7, one month earlier than in years past.

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 03/07/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp
    NASDA CEO Dr. Barbara P. Glenn to be Honored as 4-H Luminary

    NASDA CEO Dr. Barbara P. Glenn has been selected for the 4-H Luminaries Class of 2017. The class includes an impressive group of the nattion's top influencers across various industries representing 22 states. Luminaries embody the essence of 4-H Leadership. The 2017 Luminaries Class will be honored at the 4-H Luminaries Launch and 8th Annual Legacy Awards at the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington, D.C. on March 21, 2017.  View the full line-up of Luminaries here.

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 03/07/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp

    More than 350 students from five schools across the state will have a chance to put their math skills and classroom learning to the test when Arizona Department of Agriculture staff hold interactive workshops for the students at grocery stores in Avondale, Glendale, Phoenix, Tucson and Yuma.

    “State Departments can plan an important role in educating Arizona’s children,” said Mark Killian, Department of Agriculture director. “These opportunities allow our staff to help youngsters understand how math, science and units of measure apply in their daily lives.”

    Department staff show students how to read grocery store labels and signs; learn the value of a product in relation to quantity or weight; and learn how to be a smarter consumer.

    The Division of Weights and Measures investigators check pricing, scales, fuel meters and quality to make sure consumers take home what they pay for and to provide fair competition among businesses. The Department, the ...

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 03/07/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp
    NASDA Member Spotlight: Dave Frederickson, Minnesota Department of Agriculture

    Today we are highlighting Minnesota Commissioner of Agriculture Dave Frederickson. Commissioner Frederickson has been a leader in NASDA since January 2011.

    How do you start your day?

    It does vary, but typically I spend my pre-office morning hours reading the local newspapers (hard copy) and the latest ag news clips (online) with a cup of coffee in hand.

    What is your most memorable experience as Minnesota Commissioner of Agriculture?

    There have been many. I have been proud to serve in Governor Dayton’s cabinet and be his representative on major issues affecting Minnesota’s agriculture sector. I’ve had the opportunity to travel with the Governor or represent him on several international trade missions to Taiwan, Cuba, and Mexico, and other destinations around the globe, to promote Minnesota’s high quality agricultural products. I also had the pleasure of working with U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on establishing the Minnesota Agricultural Water ...

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  • Carly  Grether Posted on 02/28/2017 by Carly Grether

    Mission Goal:  The U.S.-Middle East and North Africa ATM seeks to provide U.S. small-and medium-sized enterprise (SME) participants with first-hand market information, access to government decision makers, and one-on-one meetings with business contacts, including potential agents, distributors and partners, so U.S. businesses can position themselves to enter or expand their presence in Arab markets.  It will provide you with an excellent opportunity to learn first-hand about Egyptian markets, and will give you access to business contacts and government decision makers in Egypt’s agricultural industry.

    The U.S.-Middle East and North Africa ATM will highlight the following agriculture market sectors: Tree nuts (especially those for processing or bakery ingredients), dried fruits, packaged products, snack items,  dairy products for both retail and bakery ingredients (cheese, butter, cream, and milk), beef and offal products, processed eggs, processed vegetables and ...

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  • Carly  Grether Posted on 02/28/2017 by Carly Grether
    NASDA Seeking Applicants for Fall Internship Position

    Applications for the Summer internship have closed, but we are now accepting applications for those interested in interning during the Fall semsester. NASDA, headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, is seeking highly motivated students interested in legislation and regulations that impact American agriculture. 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. This internship does provide a monthly stipend but housing is not provided. Start and end dates are flexible. The deadline to apply is Monday, May 22. Click here to learn how to apply.

    Thank you to various universities who help spread the word about our internship program! Both the University of Kentucky and Washington State Univeristy generously posted our internship program to their websites (click on the links to check them out!) If you happen to come ...

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  • Carly  Grether Posted on 02/28/2017 by Carly Grether

    The American Farm Bureau Foundation is offering two free webinars this spring for those interested in learning more about the educational resources the Foundation offers. 

    By the end of our time together you will be able to:

    • Confidently use the Pillars of Ag Literacy, so that you can save time and energy with your ag literacy efforts.
    • Select the right Foundation tool for the job, when faced with a new ag literacy opportunity - so that you can efficiently continue to drive the conversation forward about where our food comes from.

    To sign up, click on your chosen date below.

    March 9th, 3:30-4:30 Eastern  

    May 11th, 10am-11am Eastern 

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  • Carly  Grether Posted on 02/28/2017 by Carly Grether

    The Kansas Department of Agriculture is seeking a qualified individual to fill the position of Animal Health Commissioner.

    The Animal Health Commissioner is responsible for overall administration of the Division of Animal Health operations within the Kansas Department of Agriculture and accomplishment of the division objectives and goals.The Commissioner provides leadership to staff and acts as primary liaison to industry groups as well as the Kansas Legislature and other state, federal and international governmental agencies.

    Qualifications

    The ideal candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in animal science or related agriculture curriculum along with a master’s degree in public health and/or be a licensed, accredited veterinarian. The candidate will have no less than five years of experience in animal agriculture with involvement in veterinary medicine. Knowledge of disease control and eradication programs is strongly preferred along excellent written and verbal ...

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