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  • Rebecca  Creighton Posted on 07/26/2016 by Rebecca Creighton

    As part of our centennial celebrations, NASDA is starting a new feature in NASDA News to highlight our members. This week's feature is New York Commissioner of Agriculture Richard Ball.

    1. How do you start your day?
      My day on the farm starts at 5 in the morning. I’m usually the first one up and I head out with the dogs, then to the Carrot Barn and check the packing house and crew for the day.
       
    2. What is your background in farming and agriculture?
      I grew up surrounded by farming. My grandparents owned a dairy farm and my father spent his career working in the industry. I knew very early on that I wanted to be a farmer.  Early on, I pictured myself getting into the dairy business and hoped to take over my grandparent’s operation one day, but they sold it when I was about 10 years old. After graduating high school, I took a job working the fields on a commercial vegetable farm in Rhode Island. I like to say that was my college education in agriculture. I ...
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  • Dudley W Hoskins Posted on 07/26/2016 by Dudley W Hoskins

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) continues to prepare for the potential return of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in the future. APHIS is issuing its final in a series of requests for proposals (RFP) for vaccine manufacturers with the interest and capability to supply a variety of EA H5 vaccines in sufficient numbers to add to the emergency stockpile.  The RFP closes on August 21, 2016.

    APHIS has not approved the use of vaccine to respond to HPAI to date; however, the Agency is preparing to ensure that vaccine is available should the decision be made to use it. Any decision to use vaccination in a future HPAI outbreak would require careful consideration of the efficacy of the vaccine, any impacts of using HPAI vaccine in the field, and the potential trade impacts. In response to previous RFPs, APHIS purchased doses of vaccines for the Eurasian H5 (EA H5) virus strain and placed them in the ...

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  • Dudley W Hoskins Posted on 07/26/2016 by Dudley W Hoskins

    USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) invites stakeholders to submit suggestions for fiscal year (FY) 2017 projects to implement Section 10007 Plant Pest and Disease Management and Disaster Prevention Programs (PPDMDPP) of the 2014 Farm Bill. There will be $62.5 million available in FY 2017 with at least $5 million going to the National Clean Plant Network (NCPN). The open period for submitting NCPN project suggestions will be announced separately.  APHIS will accept suggestions for FY 2017 projects from July 11, 2016, through August 19, 2016.  Project suggestions should align with one of the PPDMDPP goal areas:

    • Enhancing plant pest and disease analysis and survey;
    • Targeting domestic inspection activities at vulnerable points in the safeguarding continuum;
    • Enhancing and strengthening pest identification and technology;
    • Safeguarding nursery production;
    • Enhancing mitigation capabilities; and
    • Conducting outreach and education to support these ...
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  • Dudley W Hoskins Posted on 07/26/2016 by Dudley W Hoskins

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a four day meeting of its Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP) on October 18-21, 2016 at EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs location in Arlington, VA.

    The SAP will consider and review EPA’s evaluation of glyphosate in various agricultural and non-agricultural settings.  EPA is also accepting nominations of candidates to serve as ad hoc members on the FIFRA SAP.  Nominations are due before August 25, 2016.

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  • Dudley W Hoskins Posted on 07/26/2016 by Dudley W Hoskins

    Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released its Foods and Veterinary Medicine (FVM) Program’s Strategic Plan for fiscal years 2016-2025, which outlines goals and objectives for the next 10 years. The FVM program encompasses the Office of Foods and Veterinary Medicine, the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, and the Center for Veterinary Medicine, as well as the related activities under the Office of Global Regulatory Operations and Policy and the Office of Regulatory Affairs.

    The strategic plan is organized under four goals: food safety, nutrition, animal health, and organizational excellence. It is based on the following principles: (1) public health is the first priority, (2) partnerships are the key to success, (3) scientific expertise and research are the foundation of the FVM Program’s work, and (4) the FVM program is committed to operating openly and transparently. Comments can be submitted on the strategic plan at any time.

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  • Rebecca  Creighton Posted on 07/26/2016 by Rebecca Creighton

    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 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 that are best for their operations environmentally and financially.” ...

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  • Britt  Aasmundstad Posted on 07/19/2016 by Britt Aasmundstad

    Nominations are currently available for the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education and Economics Advisory Board and its subcommittees--a federal advisory committee that reports to the secretary of agriculture. The Federal Register notice is available here and nominations are due July 29th.

    Slots are available on the Specialty Crop, National Genetic Resources, and Citrus Disease committees. There are 7 vacancies on the National Ag Research, Extension, Education, and Economics (NAREE) Advisory Board: Food Animal Science Society; National Crop, Soil, Agronomy, Horticulture; Land-Grant Colleges and Universities; Equity in Education-Land Grant Institutions; American Colleges of Veterinary Medicine; Rural Economic Development; National Consumer Interest Group.

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  • Rebecca  Creighton Posted on 07/19/2016 by Rebecca Creighton
    Commissioner Steve Troxler Announces North Carolina Sentinel Landscape Designation

    North Carolina Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler recently announced the designation of 33 counties as the North Carolina Sentinel Landscape. Commissioner Troxler expressed excitement over the opportunities the voluntary program would bring to participating counties, including benefits to farming families and military installations, as well as heightened environmental stewardship. The Sentinel Landscape Initiative, a federal effort conceived through collaboration of the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Interior, and Defense, seeks to preserve rural landscapes, strengthen rural economy, protect natural resources, and maintain the character and compatibility of lands near military installations. Announcements of specific programs to effectuate the preservation and opportunity that the initiative is designed to generate are expected in the coming months. Multiple sources including USDA programs and the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission have been named as entities funding ...

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 07/12/2016 by Amanda Bryant Culp
    Cole Swindell to Headline Private Concert at NASDA Annual Meeting in Lincoln

    Billboard chart-topping country music artist Cole Swindell will perform a private concert for attendees of the upcoming 2016 NASDA Annual Meeting in Lincoln, Nebraska. The attendee-only event will be held September 21 from 6:30 – 10:30 PM. The 2015 ACM New Artist of the Year  has sold over 1.1 million albums since stepping into the national country music scene, including 4.5 million tracks sold and 277 million streams. Registration for NASDA’s 100th Anniversary event will be launched in the coming days.

    Cole Swindell released his second single, “Middle Of A Memory,” from his just released sophomore album You Should Be Here, and within just days was the most added song at country radio.

    The multi-week No. 1 single “You Should Be Here,” the debut and title track from his just released sophomore album shot to No. 1 on the iTunes Country chart and Top 10 on iTunes All Genre within hours of its release. “You Should Be Here” vaulted to ...

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 07/12/2016 by Amanda Bryant Culp
    NASDA Honor Awards Nomination Process to Close Friday

    We are now accepting nominations for an important part of our annual meeting program, the NASDA Honor Awards. Since 1972, NASDA has conducted its honor awards program to give recognition to outstanding professionals who work for NASDA Members. The deadline to submit nominations is this Friday, July 15, 2016 at 5:00 PM EDT. Click here for a full description of awards including purpose, basis for selection, eligibility, and materials required for nomination. This year we have expanded the reach of our awards by adding the NASDA Ambassador's Circle Award for any stakeholder (farmer, rancher, government official, academia, alumni, industry leader, etc.) who has furthered the mission of NASDA.

    Caption: Jennifer Holton, Drector of Communications for the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, receives the 2012 NASDA Communications Award from Secretary Bill Northey.

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 07/12/2016 by Amanda Bryant Culp

    Are you looking to get more involved with FSA? Do you want to help farmers and ranchers in your local area? Are you curious how federal programs are delivered locally? USDA encourages all eligible farmers and ranchers to participate in the county committee election process.

    FSA County Committees make decisions on:
    • Price Support loans & payments
    • Acreage verification
    • Conservation programs
    • Incentive, indemnity & disaster payments
    • Payment eligibility

    Please join us on July 12, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. EST for the FSA/Know Your Farmer Know Your Food/Agricultural MarketingService (AMS) webinar to learn more.

    https://cc.readytalk.com/partlogin/keiisil1xv90&eom
    Call In: (866) 740-1260 Code: 7206000

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 07/12/2016 by Amanda Bryant Culp

    The National Association of Conservation Districts is seeking a Policy Specialist/Northeast Region Representative. This position is responsible for providing assistance to the National Association of Conservation District’s (NACD) members and the NACD Board of Directors to advance conservation and assist in the implementation of the association’s policies related to the Northeast Region. This is a service-oriented position focused on creating and maintaining relationships and increasing the effectiveness of NACD’s support of conservation districts and their state associations. Read the full job description here.

    Location: This position is located at NACD’s headquarters office in Washington, D.C., and reports to the Director of Government Affairs.

    To apply: Send your resume, cover letter, and two writing samples to the attention of NACD Human Resources at hr@nacdnet.org by July 15, 2016.

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 07/12/2016 by Amanda Bryant Culp

    Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Administrator Elanor Starmer today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is awarding $2.6 million in competitive grants to help develop solutions to problems affecting the specialty crop industry across state boundaries. AMS is awarding the funds to four projects under the new Specialty Crop Multi-State Program, which was created by the 2014 Farm Bill.

    "Building partnerships across state lines will strengthen the specialty crop sector and sustain the livelihoods of American farmers in rural communities," said Starmer. "With over 140,000 specialty crop farms across the country, the Specialty Crop Multi-State Program grants encourage the type of collaboration that is needed to implement strong food safety strategies, increase access to healthy foods, and improve profitability and sustainability on the farm."

    Administered by AMS, the Specialty Crop Multi-State Program is designed to support food safety and research; ...

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 07/12/2016 by Amanda Bryant Culp

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is seeking applicants for an open Consumer Safety Officer. This is a virtual position with salary based on the locality pay.

    The job announcements are open from July 1 – July 15. 

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    https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/443124500 – Current and Former Federal employees with career/career-conditional appointments in the competitive service, Veterans, Commission Corp Officers, Individuals with Disabilities, etc.

    https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/443125300 - All US Citizens – Open to the public

    GS-13

    https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/443173000 - Current and Former Federal employees with career/career-conditional appointments in the competitive service, Veterans, Commission Corp Officers, Individuals with Disabilities, etc.

    https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/443165500 - All US Citizens – Open to the public

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 07/05/2016 by Amanda Bryant Culp
    Biofortification Pioneers Win 2016 World Food Prize For Fight Against Malnutrition

    Drs. Maria Andrade, Robert Mwanga, Jan Low and Howarth Bouis were announced last week as the 2016 World Food Prize Laureates during a ceremony at the U.S. State Department.

    USAID Administrator Gayle Smith gave keynote remarks and applauded the selection.

    “These four extraordinary World Food Prize Laureates have proven that science matters, and that when matched with dedication, it can change people’s lives,” said Administrator Gayle Smith.  “USAID and our Feed the Future partners are proud to join with renowned research organizations to support critical advances in global food security and nutrition.”

    The World Food Prize is the most prominent global award for individuals whose breakthrough achievements alleviate hunger and promote global food security. This year’s $250,000 prize will be divided equally between the four recipients. The prize rewards their work in countering world hunger and malnutrition through biofortification, the ...

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  • Dudley W Hoskins Posted on 07/05/2016 by Dudley W Hoskins

    APHIS has scheduled a series of Webinars to assist anyone who is planning on submitting a suggestion for FY 2017 Farm Bill Section 10007 funding consideration. Each of the hour long sessions will cover the same information, show attendees the submission process, and provide time for asking questions.

    Remember to check the Farm Bill Web site for the information you need to submit a suggestion for the FY17 Spending Plan.

    Webinar Schedule:

    Wednesday

    July 6

    11:00 am eastern time

    General Public (Suggestion Help Session)

    Wednesday

    July 13

    11:00 am eastern time

    General Public (Suggestion Help Session)

    Webinar Details:

    Join the VISUAL portion at: https://www.livemeeting.com/cc/usda/join?id=65GD3T&role=attend

    Join the AUDIO portion: Dial Toll-free: +1 (888) 844-9904   Participant code: 118 6703

      If you have any questions about the upcoming Webinars or ...

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  • Dudley W Hoskins Posted on 07/05/2016 by Dudley W Hoskins

    USDA announced  its intention to renew the National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection (NACMPI). The purpose of the Committee is to provide advice to the Secretary of Agriculture concerning State and Federal programs with respect to meat, poultry and processed egg products inspection, food safety, and other matters that fall within the scope of the Federal Meat Inspection Act (FMIA), the Poultry Products Inspection Act (PPIA), and the Egg Products Inspection Act (EPIA).

    For Further Information about the NACMPI Contact: Ms. Natasha Williams, Program Specialist, Designated Federal Officer, Outreach and Partnership Division, Office of Outreach, Employee Education and Training, Food Safety and Inspection Service.

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  • Charlie Ingram Posted on 07/05/2016 by Charlie Ingram

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) estimates U.S. soybean planted area at a record high 83.7 million acres, up 1 percent from last year, according to the Acreage report released June 30.

    The report shows U.S. growers, aided by favorable weather conditions, increased or maintained their 2015 soybean acreage in 18 out of the 31 major producing states. In Kansas, Minnesota, and Missouri, soybean growers significantly increased their planted acres, with each state reporting 200,000 or more acres planted to soybeans this year than in 2015. Growers expect to harvest 83.0 million acres of soybeans nationally this year, which, if realized, will be a new record high.

    U.S. corn growers also benefited from the excellent field conditions this year, increasing their acreage from last year by 7 percent to 94.1 million acres, making it the third highest corn planted acreage since 1944. Growers expect to harvest 86.6 million acres for grain. ...

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  • Dudley W Hoskins Posted on 07/05/2016 by Dudley W Hoskins

    APHIS Seeks Comments on Proposed Rule to Allow Importation of Bone-In Lamb Meat from Uruguay

    USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is proposing to amend its regulations to allow for the importation of bone-in lamb meat from Uruguay. Currently, only deboned lamb can be exported from Uruguay into the United States. Uruguay requested an exemption from the foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) deboning mitigation required under the current regulations, in order to export rack of lamb to the United States. Uruguay’s proposed exemption would apply to a select group of lambs. These lambs would be subjected to additional mitigations, including FMD testing with negative results, individual animal identification--as part of a national traceability system, and separation of select lambs from other FMD-susceptible animals following testing.

    After APHIS’s evaluation and a 2014 site visit to verify Uruguay’s documented process, APHIS has determined that Uruguay ...

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  • Britt  Aasmundstad Posted on 07/05/2016 by Britt Aasmundstad

    USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced that dairy producers can enroll for 2017 coverage in the Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy) starting July 1. The voluntary program, established by the 2014 Farm Bill, provides financial assistance to participating dairy producers when the margin – the difference between the price of milk and feed costs – falls below the coverage level selected by the producer.

    Enrollment begins July 1 and ends on Sept. 30, 2016, for coverage in calendar year 2017. USDA has a web tool to help producers determine the level of coverage under the Margin Protection Program that will provide them with the strongest safety net under a variety of conditions. The online resource, available at www.fsa.usda.gov/mpptool, allows dairy farmers to quickly and easily combine unique operation data and other key variables to calculate their coverage needs based on price projections. For more information, visit FSA online at www.fsa.usda.gov/dairy or ...

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