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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 05/24/2016 by Amanda Bryant Culp

    NASDA's American Food Fair at the National Restaurant Show in Chicago is coming to a close today after four days and over 65,000 attendees seeking products for the restaurant industry around the globe. 

    The American Food Fair, funded by USDA's Foreign Agriculture Service, helps small American food companies expand to new international markets. Stay tuned for more details about the success of the show! 2017 is already over 90% sold out so book your space today by contacting Janet Williams at janetwilliams@naylor.com.

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  • Britt  Aasmundstad Posted on 05/24/2016 by Britt Aasmundstad

    May is Wildfire Awareness Month. Last week, USDA Forest Service announced that the 2016 wildfire season has begun with five times more acres already burned than this time last year, following 2015's record-setting fire season. USDA released resources and say this outlook and increasingly large fires require a need for reformed wildfire funding.

    For the first time in its 111-year history, over half of the Forest Service's 2015 budget was designated to fight wildfires, compared to just 16 percent in 1995. 2015 was the most expensive fire season in the department's history, costing more than $2.6 billion on fire alone.

    The cost of the Forest Service's wildfire suppression reached a record $243 million in a one-week period during the height of suppression activity in August 2015. With a record 52 percent of the Forest Service's budget dedicated to fire suppression activities, compared to just 16 percent in 1995, the Forest Service's firefighting budget was ...

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  • Dudley W Hoskins Posted on 05/24/2016 by Dudley W Hoskins

    Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced $2.4 million in available funding to relieve veterinarian shortage situations through education, extension and training as well as support for veterinary practices in designated shortage areas.  This funding was authorized by the Veterinary Services Grant Program (VSGP) in the 2014 Farm Bill.

    USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS), and Office of the Chief Scientist will hold a stakeholder webinar on Antimicrobial Resistance on Tuesday, July 19, 2016.  The purpose of this webinar is to discuss, prioritize, and develop strategies to help address the most pressing animal health research, education and extension needs related to antimicrobial resistance. 

    Approximately 4-6 weeks prior to the webinar, NIFA will solicit initial feedback on the top five animal health priorities pertaining to ...

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  • Dudley W Hoskins Posted on 05/24/2016 by Dudley W Hoskins

    Genus Plc (LSE: GNS) (“Genus”) and Caribou Biosciences, Inc. (“Caribou”) announced a multi-year strategic collaboration where Genus receives a worldwide, exclusive license to Caribou’s leading CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing technology platform in certain livestock species.

    Caribou's market-leading CRISPR-Cas9 technology accurately targets and cuts DNA to produce precise and controllable changes to the genome and could have profound benefits to animal welfare and society.  The agreement gives Genus exclusive access to Caribou’s CRISPR-Cas9 technology for the development of new traits in pigs, cattle and potentially other livestock species.  Caribou and Genus will collaborate during a four-year research program, funded by Genus, which may be extended for an additional three years. Among the first targets of the program will be the further development and optimization of Genus’ Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus ...

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  • Dudley W Hoskins Posted on 05/24/2016 by Dudley W Hoskins

    FieldWatch, Inc. announced Stephanie Regagnon will take over the helm of its DriftWatch® Specialty Crop and BeeCheck® Apiary Registries. She will be leading the continued rapid growth and expansion of its member states, applicators and producers.

    Stephanie comes with a wealth of experience within the ag industry and will replace the current President/CEO, Reid Sprenkel, who led the launch efforts of FieldWatch and is stepping down from the role on June 27 after four years to pursue other interests.

    FieldWatch, Inc. is a non-profit company that was created to develop and expand the operation of DriftWatch, a voluntary online specialty crop registry program originally created by Purdue University Agricultural and Biological Engineering in Indiana. FieldWatch started in December 2012 with 8 Member States and the support of a multi-stakeholder board. The virtual company is addressed off-campus at the Purdue Research Park in West Lafayette, Indiana and now provides DriftWatch and ...

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  • Dudley W Hoskins Posted on 05/24/2016 by Dudley W Hoskins

    USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) released its 2015 NWRC Accomplishments Report.  The APHIS-Wildlife Services' National Wildlife Research Center (NWRC) and wildlife damage management research, including comprehensive summaries of the following topics:

    • Highly pathogenic avian influenza research and emergency response
    • Genetics in wildlife damage management
    • Supporting the science (NWRC support services)

    NWRC scientists are devoted to developing safe, effective, selective, and socially responsible tools and strategies for resolving wildlife conflicts.  Research focuses on a range of issues related to agriculture, human health and safety, property damage, invasive species, and threatened and endangered species.  NWRC is the research arm of the USDA-APHIS Wildlife Services program.  For more information, please contact nwrc@aphis.usda.gov.

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 05/17/2016 by Amanda Bryant Culp

    NASDA's summer regional meetings are quickly approaching. Please pay close attention to hotel reservation deadlines as they align with early registration rates. For more information about NASDA's regional associations, click here.

    SASDA
    June 5 – 8
    Point Clear, AL
    Contact Hassey Brooks for more information.

    NEASDA
    June 12 – 15
    Rockport, ME
    Hotel Reservations by May 13
    Registration Online Now
    www.nasda.org/neasda2016.aspx

    MASDA
    June 20 – 24
    Manhattan, KS
    Hotel Reservations by May 20
    Register Online Now
    www.nasda.org/masda2016.aspx

    WASDA
    July 17 – 22
    Lake Tahoe, NV
    Hotel Reservations by June 24
    Register Online Now
    www.nasda.org/wasda2016.aspx
    Important Note: The National Celebrity Golf Tournament will be hosted at our hotel concurrently with the meeting. This highly increases the likelihood of the hotel selling out. You are encouraged to reserve your room well before the June 24 deadline.

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 05/17/2016 by Amanda Bryant Culp
    NASDA Policy Intern Speaks to Benefits of Program

    NASDA is currently accepting applicants for our agriculture policy internship position for the Fall semester. The deadline to apply is May 20. Click here for more information. 

    Written by John Stewart

    It is hard to believe that my internship is already over. It seems like yesterday we were going over expectations, basic training and preparing for Winter Policy Conference. Throughout this experience, I have been challenged, encouraged and inspired. Challenged to think out of the box and learn about agricultural policy, encouraged by a great staff and members who champion agriculture every day and inspired by the need and importance of sound policy for our farmers, ranchers and producers.

    People often ask me: ‘what have you learned or what was the most valuable thing you learned at NASDA?’ Two things I have learned here have stood out and will be ideas that I will continue to carry with me, regardless of my career path. First, it is important to think about ...

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 05/17/2016 by Amanda Bryant Culp

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced last week that approximately $11.6 million is available through state departments of agriculture to make organic certification more affordable for organic producers and handlers across the country.

    “The organic market is booming, with more and more producers taking advantage of the economic opportunities it presents,” said AMS Administrator Elanor Starmer.  “The cost-share program makes it easier for organic businesses throughout the supply chain to get certified, helping them meet growing consumer demand.”

    The funding covers as much as 75 percent of an individual applicant’s certification costs, up to a maximum of $750 annually per certification scope.

    View the full USDA press release here. View state press releases about this opportunity here.

     

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 05/17/2016 by Amanda Bryant Culp
    NASDA Member Spotlight: Jim Barbee, Nevada Department of Agriculture

    As part of our centennial celebrations, NASDA is starting a new feature in NASDA News to highlight our members. This week's feature is Nevada Director of Agriculture Jim Barbee. Director Barbee is currently serving on the NASDA Board of Directors as the Wester Regional Representative and as Vice Chair of NASDA's Animal Agriculture Committee.

    1. How do you start your day?
      I rise at 5am to cook breakfast and pack lunches for my wife, Heather, and our kids, Jack, Claire and Jameson.  Then I head to the office, which is an hour commute. This gives me the opportunity to organize my thoughts and make a few calls as the day gets underway.
       
    2. What do you think is missing from the conversation when we don’t have young people at the table and in leadership roles?
      As a recovering high school agriculture teacher, I am driven to include a youthful perspective on our team as their creativity is a valued part of our final solution or plans. By including young folks in ...
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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 05/17/2016 by Amanda Bryant Culp
    Lifelong Farmer Committed to Helping Other Farmers

    Written by Lisa M. Ferguson, NASS Public Affairs

    What started as a need for a part-time job fueled by a lifelong dedication to farming turned into a passion for helping fellow farmers.

    Tim Coomer, 56, of Hiseville, Ky., began working on behalf of USDA National Agriculture Statistics Service (NASS) as an enumerator eight years ago, a job most outside of farming may have never heard about.

    NASS conducts more than 400 surveys a year on farms all over the country. These surveys cover crop production and yields to farm equipment and finances, and everything in between. The people who conduct these surveys are called enumerators. They conduct surveys over the phone and in person,   depending on how each farmer prefers to answer.

    “If I’ve never surveyed a farmer before, I’ll always go out and meet them face-to-face,” said Coomer, a self-described big talker. “Most farmers don’t want to tell the government about their farm business, and ...

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  • DeWitt  Ashby Posted on 05/10/2016 by DeWitt Ashby

    NASDA’s American Food Fair pavilion at the upcoming NRA (National Restaurant Association) Show, May 21-24 in Chicago is sold out.  The pavilion designed to assist U.S. food and beverage companies is co-sponsored by USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service through the Market Access Program.  NASDA members Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin are sponsoring state pavilions.  The NRA Show attracts approximately 65,000 attendees including over 5,000 representing more than 100 countries outside the U.S.  For more information about exhibiting in the 2017 American Food Fair contact Janet Williams janetwilliams@naylor.com 703-259-6120.  DeWitt Ashby, dewitt@nasda.org

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  • Rebecca  Creighton Posted on 05/10/2016 by Rebecca Creighton

    The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is recruiting to fill the position of Director, Bureau of Plant Industry.

    Director, Bureau of Plant Industry is responsible for directing a variety of statewide activities relating to plants, feed, fertilizer, farm safety, weed control and sustainable agriculture. Programs involve the inspection, certification for sale of seeds, plants, feed and the eradication of plant pests and weeds and farm safety and health. Work involves managing a technical and professional staff in field and research positions in order to deliver effective and efficient programs; developing an annual budget, monitoring revenue and expenditures; managing the Bureau's personnel; and identifying training needs and providing training opportunities. Work requires close cooperation with other state, local, and federal agencies in related fields for the purpose of coordinating programs.

    For information on how to apply, click here.

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  • Dudley W Hoskins Posted on 05/10/2016 by Dudley W Hoskins

    Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced $2.4 million in available funding to relieve veterinarian shortage situations through education, extension and training as well as support for veterinary practices in designated shortage areas.  This funding was authorized by the Veterinary Services Grant Program (VSGP) in the 2014 Farm Bill.

    The competitive VSGP grants support activities to develop, implement, and sustain veterinary services through education, training, recruitment, and retention of veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and students of veterinary medicine and veterinary technology. Grants will also be made to establish or expand veterinary practices in rural areas.

    The VSGP is authorized by Section 7104 of the 2014 Farm Bill and received a first-time appropriation of $2.5 million in the FY16 federal budget.  NIFA will host three Veterinary Services Grant Program webinars, May 10, 11 ...

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  • Dudley W Hoskins Posted on 05/10/2016 by Dudley W Hoskins

    Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) awarded $16.5 million in grants to support research into methods for boosting agriculture productivity and ensuring food security in the face of pests, diseases and a changing climate. In addition, USDA announced it is seeking applications for the next round of projects, which will focus on pollinator health and plant and animal phenomics.

    The grants are made available through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), administered by USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). Established by the 2008 Farm Bill and re-authorized in the 2014 Farm Bill, AFRI oversees peer-reviewed competitive grants program for fundamental and applied agricultural sciences. In the seven years since AFRI was established, the program focused on discoveries in agriculture to combat childhood obesity, improve and sustain rural economic growth, address water availability issues, increase food production, find new sources of ...

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  • Dudley W Hoskins Posted on 05/10/2016 by Dudley W Hoskins

    The CDC, in collaboration with the U.S. Stakeholder Forum on Antimicrobial Resistance (S-FAR) partnered with The Pew Charitable Trusts and other public health and medical experts in releasing new data in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) on the overuse of antibiotics in doctors’ offices and emergency departments throughout the United States.

    Pew also released a report, “Antibiotic Use in Outpatient Settings,” which outlines the baseline analysis and condition-specific targets, as well as practical strategies to improve antibiotic prescribing.  CDC has also shared the following related materials:  CDC Press Release; CDC Infographic; CDC Safe Healthcare Blog; Pew Infographic; and Pew Videos.

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  • Dudley W Hoskins Posted on 05/10/2016 by Dudley W Hoskins

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or the Agency) finalized its rule on Antimicrobial Animal Drug Sales and Distribution Reporting that revises its annual reporting requirements for drug sponsors of all antimicrobials sold or distributed for use in animals intended for human consumption or food-producing animals.  NASDA submitted comments on the proposal last November.

    Companies are now required to provide estimates of sales broken down by major food-producing species (cattle, swine, chickens and turkeys) in addition to the overall estimates they already submit on the amount of antimicrobial drugs they sell or distribute for use in food-producing animals.

    FDA stated the new sales data will improve the Agency’s understanding of how antimicrobials are sold and distributed for use in major food-producing species and help further target efforts to ensure judicious use of medically important antimicrobials.  Section 105 of the Animal Drug User Fee Amendments of ...

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  • Dudley W Hoskins Posted on 05/10/2016 by Dudley W Hoskins

    FDA is hosting a live Grand Rounds Web Cast this Thursday, May 12, from 12-1:00 PM on Antibiotic Resistance Surveillance in the Age of Genomics: New Answers to Old Questions, presented by FDA's Dr. Patrick McDermott of FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine.

    To access the web cast via Adobe Connect here. Audio will come from your PC/laptop speakers. Questions can be submitted in writing during the presentation. For those unable to view the lecture, the archived presentation will be posted after each session.

    The FDA Grand Rounds is webcast every other month to highlight cutting-edge research underway across the Agency and its impact on protecting and advancing public health. Each session features an FDA scientist presenting on a key public health challenge and how FDA is applying science to its regulatory activities. The 45-minute presentation is followed by questions from the audience.

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  • Dudley W Hoskins Posted on 05/10/2016 by Dudley W Hoskins

    The public comment period for Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) draft environmental assessment (EA) and a preliminary finding of no significant impact (FONSI) in support of the conduct of an investigational release of genetically engineered (GE) mosquitoes closes this Friday.  NASDA submitted comments last week, and the federal register notice can be found here.

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  • Bob  Ehart Posted on 05/10/2016 by Bob Ehart

    Last week, FDA announced the agency had signed an arrangement with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and the Department of Health Canada (Health Canada) recognizing each other’s food safety systems as comparable to each other. The Food Safety Systems Recognition Arrangement was signed at a meeting of the FDA-CFIA Health Canada Joint Committee on Food Safety, a part of the US-Canada Regulatory Cooperation Council. This is the second time that the FDA has recognized a foreign food safety system as comparable; the first country recognized as being comparable was New Zealand in 2012.  Systems recognition involves reviewing a foreign country’s domestic food safety regulatory system to determine if it has legal authorities and regulatory tools that together provide public health outcomes comparable to those provided by the FDA. Similar system recognition processes are underway between FDA and Australia and the European Commission. For more ...

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