News

  • Rebecca  Creighton Posted on 08/23/2016 by Rebecca Creighton

    NASDA is pleased to welcome Virginia Native Brittany Bowman for our fall agriculture policy internship position.

    Brittany Bowman grew up on her family’s small beef farm in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and is a rising senior at Virginia Tech, with a  major in Dairy Science and minor in Communications.  Brittany is active with Virginia Farm Bureau and recently interned with Virginia Cooperative Extension, learning more about 4-H youth programming and oyster production.  Brittany looks forward to expanding her understanding of trade programs and the role of government policy on food production.  She is passionate about the people who work in our nation’s agriculture industry and looks forward to becoming more familiar with its diverse products.  Brittany is embracing the opportunity to live in the nation’s capital and believes the experience, networking, and knowledge she gains during her time at NASDA will be invaluable.

    Brittany will ...

    Full Post

    Resource Added: 08/23/2016

    Latest Update: 08/23/2016

  • Rebecca  Creighton Posted on 08/23/2016 by Rebecca Creighton

    The last day to book a room in NASDA’s block at the Embassy Suites in Lincoln is one week from today, Tuesday, August 30. In addition, early bird registration ends on August 30. Nebraska Director of Agriculture Greg Ibach is excited to showcase the scope of Nebraska agriculture to attendees from across the country. Our activities will allow you to mingle with Nebraska agricultural businesses who are worldwide leaders in providing food, feed, and fuel to consumers around the globe, network with leading agriculture policymakers, learn from amazing keynote speakers, and gain insight on emerging legislative and regulatory issues. To amplify our 100th anniversary, the opening night of the conference will feature a private concert by the 2015 ACM New Artist of the Year, Cole Swindell.

    Make plans to travel to Nebraska, September 21 -24, as we celebrate the 100th Anniversary of NASDA. You won't want to miss it.

    Early bird Registration Fees:
    NASDA Members & Staff: $585
    ...

    Full Post

    Resource Added: 08/23/2016

    Latest Update: 08/23/2016

  • Rebecca  Creighton Posted on 08/23/2016 by Rebecca Creighton

    Original Story by Bill Tomson, Agri-Pulse

    From underwater fields to drowned cattle, the damage to Louisiana farmers and ranchers from the recent storms and continued flooding is extensive, but state officials say they are doing what they can to prevent losses.

    The water is still rising in some areas of Louisiana and the priority is saving human lives - at least 20,000 people have been rescued from their homes by boat or truck - but officials are also working to minimize the damage to farms, Louisiana Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain told Agri-Pulse...

    To read the full story, click here.

    Full Post

    Resource Added: 08/23/2016

    Latest Update: 08/23/2016

  • Dudley W Hoskins Posted on 08/23/2016 by Dudley W Hoskins

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Secretary Advisory Committee on Animal Health Secretary's Advisory Committee on Animal Health (SACAH) will hold its next public meeting on September 7 and 8, 2016.  Additional information on the meeting times and logistics can be found in the Federal Register notice.

    The meeting will be held at USDA Headquarters, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington DC 20050.  For additional information, please contact: Dr. Diane Sutton, Designated Federal Officer, VS, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 43, Riverdale, MD 20737; phone (301) 851-3509, email SACAH.Management@aphis.usda.gov.

    Full Post

    Resource Added: 08/23/2016

    Latest Update: 08/23/2016

  • Dudley W Hoskins Posted on 08/23/2016 by Dudley W Hoskins

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced the European grapevine moth (EGVM) (Lobesia botrana) has been eradicated from California and is lifting the Federal quarantine on 446 square miles of Napa and Sonoma Counties that have been under regulation since June 2010. APHIS and the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) have conducted extensive survey, control, and regulatory efforts for over three years and found no EGVM in this last quarantined area. This means the United States is free from this pest and unrestricted movement of grapes and other host commodities from these areas can resume. This action is effective on August 18, 2016.

    In October 2009, APHIS confirmed the first detection of EGVM in the United States in major grape production areas of Northern California. In 2010, APHIS took regulatory actions and established quarantine boundaries, ultimately detecting nearly 101,000 moths that year. ...

    Full Post

    Resource Added: 08/23/2016

    Latest Update: 08/23/2016

  • Dudley W Hoskins Posted on 08/23/2016 by Dudley W Hoskins

    USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is inviting  stakeholders to submit applications for fiscal year (FY) 2017 National Clean Plant Network (NCPN) projects under the 2014 Farm Bill Section 10007. APHIS will accept applications for FY 2017 NCPN cooperative agreements from August 17, 2016 through October 26, 2016.Funding will be provided to Land-Grant Universities, Non Land-Grant Colleges of Agriculture, State Agricultural Experiment Stations, State Governments, and Federal Agencies to support implementation and ongoing activities of the NCPN. 

    A total anticipated amount of $5 million in cooperative agreements will be awarded under the NCPN section of Farm Bill 2014 Section 10007. APHIS will announce the FY2017 projects selected for funding in the NCPN spending plan in late 2016. Applicants are encouraged to develop cost sharing plans as part of their applications to foster sustainability.  Detailed submission instructions and an explanation ...

    Full Post

    Resource Added: 08/23/2016

    Latest Update: 08/23/2016

  • Rebecca  Creighton Posted on 08/16/2016 by Rebecca Creighton
    Early-Bird Registration, Hotel Availability Closing Soon for NASDA's 100th Anniversary Meeting

    Register today for the 2016 NASDA Annual Meeting! Discounted registration fees and NASDA's discounted hotel room block both expire on Tuesday, August 30. Why should you attend? Nebraska Director of Agriculture Greg Ibach is excited to showcase the scope of Nebraska agriculture to attendees from across the country. Our activities will allow you to mingle with Nebraska agricultural businesses who are worldwide leaders in providing food, feed, and fuel to consumers around the globe, network with leading agriculture policymakers, learn from amazing keynote speakers, and gain insight on emerging legislative and regulatory issues. To amplify our 100th anniversary, the opening night of the conference will feature a private concert by the 2015 ACM New Artist of the Year, Cole Swindell.

    Make plans to travel to Nebraska, September 21 -24, as we celebrate the 100th Anniversary of NASDA. You won't want to miss it.

    Early bird Registration Fees are:
    NASDA Members & Staff: $585 ($100 ...

    Full Post

    Resource Added: 08/16/2016

    Latest Update: 08/16/2016

  • Dudley W Hoskins Posted on 08/16/2016 by Dudley W Hoskins

    APHIS Public Comment on EIS Analyzing Fruit Fly Eradication Programs

    USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is seeking public comment on an updated environmental impact statement (EIS) that analyzes the effects of exotic fruit fly eradication programs in the United States and its territories.

    APHIS last published an EIS on the environmental effects of the fruit fly cooperative control program in 2001, and there have been significant scientific and technological advances since then. As a result, APHIS is seeking comments on a new EIS that will analyze the environmental effects of control alternatives available to the agency. Under the National Environmental Policy Act, Federal agencies must examine the potential environmental effects of proposed Federal actions and alternatives significantly affecting the quality of the human environment before taking that action.

    Exotic (non-native) fruit flies cause significant damage and economic losses. These losses ...

    Full Post

    Resource Added: 08/16/2016

    Latest Update: 08/16/2016

  • Charlie Ingram Posted on 08/16/2016 by Charlie Ingram

    Both U.S. corn and soybean growers are expected to harvest record-high crops this year, according to the Crop Production report issued August 12 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). U.S. corn production is forecast at 15.2 billion bushels, while soybean growers are expected to harvest 4.06 billion bushels in 2016.

    Aided by excellent field conditions, corn growers are expected to increase their production by 11 percent from the 2015 harvest. Average corn yield is forecast at 175.1 bushels per acre, setting a new record-high. NASS forecasts record-high yields in 10 of the largest corn-producing states, including Iowa, Illinois, and Nebraska. Acres planted to corn, at 94.1 million, remain unchanged from the NASS’ previous estimate. As of July 31, crop progress report showed 76 percent of this year’s corn crop was rated in good or excellent condition.

    U.S. soybean growers also took advantage of the favorable weather ...

    Full Post

    Resource Added: 08/16/2016

    Latest Update: 08/16/2016

  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 08/16/2016 by Amanda Bryant Culp

    Bayer celebrates those who have used their passion for honey bees to improve their communities. The Bayer Bee Care Community Leadership Award, sponsored by the North American Bayer Bee Care Program, recognizes a partnership between a beekeeper and a grower whose collaboration supports pollinators and benefits their community. The award provides a $6,000 grant to the winners to be used in support of a community partnership that demonstrates how beekeepers and growers are working together to promote and protect pollinators. Entrants are judged on their cooperative efforts to support pollinators.

    You may reference the attached release and these official rules to learn more. You can also find the award application here.

    Please see www.beehealth.bayer.us/beekeepers/community-leadership-award for more detailed information, including past recipients and this year’s judges.

    Full Post

    Resource Added: 08/16/2016

    Latest Update: 08/16/2016

  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 08/16/2016 by Amanda Bryant Culp
    Idaho: State Seeking Applicants for Agriculture Section Manager

    The Idaho State Department of Agriculture is recruiting for an Agriculture Section Manager with the skills and experience to manage people and programs, who understands accounting principles and has the education and/or experience to analyze financial statements to ensure compliance with federal and state laws, regulations.  This position is primarily responsible for managing all aspects of the Organic Certification Program under the USDA NOP and the Warehouse Control Program which is responsible for regulating public warehouses, commodity dealers, and seed buyer facilities.  To apply please click here and follow the instructions under “How to Apply.”

    Full Post

    Resource Added: 08/16/2016

    Latest Update: 08/16/2016

  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 08/16/2016 by Amanda Bryant Culp

    USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) recently announced the availability of $3.1 million to train the next generation of agricultural leaders. This funding is available through the Food and Agricultural Sciences National Needs Graduate and Postgraduate Fellowship Grants Program (NNF).

    “In the next few years, we expect to see a significant number of job openings for graduates with degrees in agricultural sciences,” said NIFA Director Sonny Ramaswamy. “The fellowship program allows us to support the next generation of scientists and innovators, who will play an integral part in the future of our food and agricultural systems.”

    The NNF program is designated for graduate degree (masters and doctoral) programs and postgraduate training of the next generation of policy makers, researchers, and educators in the food and agricultural sciences. The purpose of this program is to develop intellectual capital to ensure the preeminence of U.S. food ...

    Full Post

    Resource Added: 08/16/2016

    Latest Update: 08/16/2016

  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 08/09/2016 by Amanda Bryant Culp
    Oklahoma: Governor Declares Farmers Market Week in Oklahoma

    Many times, Oklahoma agriculture is seen at a glance by motorists passing farms and ranches throughout the state.

    One of the countless benefits of farmers markets is they slow life down and they provide consumers and producers an opportunity to meet face to face and develop a greater appreciation one for the other. These individuals may share stories during their visits, but ultimately they share a love for fresh, quality Oklahoma agricultural products.

    Governor Mary Fallin is honoring this very special local treasure of so many communities in our state by declaring the week of August 7 as “Farmers Market Week in Oklahoma.”

    Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture Jim Reese said, "To borrow a bumper sticker phrase from another state, 'Buy local, it’s thousands of miles fresher.’”

    Across Oklahoma, there are 77 registered farmers markets that are essential outlets for agricultural producers in providing opportunities for them to meet the consumer ...

    Full Post

    Resource Added: 08/09/2016

    Latest Update: 08/09/2016

  • Dudley W Hoskins Posted on 08/09/2016 by Dudley W Hoskins

    The United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is announcing concurrence with the World Organization for Animal Health’s (OIE) bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) risk designations for 14 countries.  The OIE recognizes these regions as being of negligible risk for BSE.  APHIS has reviewed and agreed with the information supporting the OIE’s risk designations for these regions.

    The 14 countries are:  Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, India, Korea (Republic of), Hungary, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Portugal, Slovakia, and Switzerland.  The OIE recommendations regarding each of the above countries can be viewed online.

    APHIS considers all countries of the world to fall into in one of three BSE risk categories:  negligible risk, controlled risk, or undetermined risk.  Any region that is not classified by APHIS as presenting either negligible risk or controlled risk ...

    Full Post

    Resource Added: 08/09/2016

    Latest Update: 08/09/2016

  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 08/09/2016 by Amanda Bryant Culp

    The Pesticide Data Program has been serving the agricultural community for 25 years and is considered the “gold standard” for pesticide residue data. PDP is an important tool for informing the public about pesticide residues on agricultural products and is used by the EPA for evaluating pesticide exposure and setting tolerances. The perspectives of stakeholders and other members of the public are critical tools to help PDP examine and prioritize its activities and objectives in order to continue to provide critical pesticide residue data. The USDA is seeking feedback from stakeholders on the program considering current agricultural practices and needs as well as the changing regulatory environment.

    When: Thursday, September 15, 2016
    Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    Where: Room 107-A, Whitten Building, Washington, D.C.

    Register online in advance.

     

    Full Post

    Resource Added: 08/09/2016

    Latest Update: 08/09/2016

  • Charlie Ingram Posted on 08/09/2016 by Charlie Ingram

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service is contacting 25,000 farmers and ranchers now through August to take part in a national survey that will more accurately measure the environmental benefits associated with implementation and installation of conservation practices on agricultural land. The results of the National Resources Inventory Conservation Effects Assessment Project (NRI-CEAP) survey will help further develop the science-based solutions for managing the agricultural landscape to improve environmental quality.

    “The survey gives farmers and ranchers the power to provide a more complete and accurate picture of the conservation practices on their operations,” said NASS Administrator Hubert Hamer. “If contacted, I encourage farmers and ranchers to participate. Their collective responses can directly benefit themselves and all producers by helping leaders focus on what producers need to install conservation practices ...

    Full Post

    Resource Added: 08/09/2016

    Latest Update: 08/09/2016

  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 08/09/2016 by Amanda Bryant Culp
    Hawaii: State Accepting Applications for Plant Industry Administrator

    The Hawaii Department of Agriculture is now accepting applications for a Plant Industry Administrator located in Oahu. This position is responsible for the highest level of planning, execution and review in the State's program of plant industry research development and management. It includes responsibility for providing leadership and guidance in setting and translating goals into operational terms, in developing optimum organization balance, in projecting and anticipating change and adjustment, in cultivating program relationships and in formulating strategy, broadening perspectives and upgrading effectiveness. 

    To view the job announcement and to apply, click here.

    Full Post

    Resource Added: 08/09/2016

    Latest Update: 08/09/2016

  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 08/09/2016 by Amanda Bryant Culp
    Intern Perspective: Empowering an Agriculturally Diverse Nation

    By Mallie Myers

    The open mission of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture goes as such: “NASDA grows and enhances agriculture by forging partnerships and creating consensus to achieve sound policy outcomes between state departments of agriculture, the federal government, and stakeholders.”  The goal of enhancing agriculture across a nation as geographically large as the U.S. is no small charge. It takes a monumental effort towards collaboration and inclusive dialogue that considers the interests of a variety of producers and other stakeholders in very diverse climates –meteorologically, politically, culturally, and otherwise. This point is one that has surfaced time and again during my internship with NASDA. Through attending Congressional hearings covering topics ranging from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, to the Bureau of Land Management’s Wild Horse and Burro Program, to the Clean Water Act and WOTUS, to the H2B Foreign Worker ...

    Full Post

    Resource Added: 08/09/2016

    Latest Update: 08/09/2016

  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 08/09/2016 by Amanda Bryant Culp
    Registration Now Open for Animal Biotech Summit

    The 2016 BIO Animal Biotech Summit will be held September 21 - 23 in Bethesda, Maryland. Over the two-and-a-half day conference, industry, not-for-profit, and government thought leaders* will provide broad overviews on topics pertaining to animal health and welfare, diagnostics, biotherapeutics, vaccines, food safety and security, agricultural sustainability, and environmental applications of biotechnology.

    There is no better opportunity to learn why and how the One Health approach and biotechnology-based solutions are required for addressing some of the greatest threats to human and animal health. Topics to be discussed include the impact of biotechnology on:

    • Animal Health and Welfare
    • Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases
    • Poverty Reduction and Food Security
    • Biodiversity and Species Conservation

    Register online today.

    Full Post

    Resource Added: 08/09/2016

    Latest Update: 08/09/2016

  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 08/09/2016 by Amanda Bryant Culp

    Below is an article written by Sean Ellis from Capital Press highlighting a successful project under the USDA's Specialty Crop Block Grant Program administered by the Idaho State Department of Agriculture

    A university researcher is trying to develop a fruit crop yield estimation system that could help orchardists make important early-season decisions.

    Northwest Nazarene University Professor Duke Bulanon has received a $90,000 specialty crop grant from the Idaho State Department of Agriculture for the two-year project, which is designed to help orchardists accurately predict yields early in the growing season.

    He will work with some of Idaho’s largest orchards to develop the system.

    Having an accurate idea of crop load and fruit size early in the year “could help us decide which markets to target a little better,” said Jamie Mertz, co-owner of Symms Fruit Ranch in Caldwell.

    Symms has limited cold storage, so “if we knew we were going to have a big crop, ...

    Full Post

    Resource Added: 08/09/2016

    Latest Update: 08/09/2016

  • Displaying 1 - 20 of 1630
  •  Records per Page:
Join Our Mailing List

Sign up here to receive NASDA News.