August 16, 2017

  • Britt  Aasmundstad Posted on 08/08/2017 by Britt Aasmundstad

    NASDA Members have an opportunity to impact NASDA's policy positions and actions at our upcoming Annual Meeting. Policy Amendments and Action Items should be submitted to Britt Aasmundstad (britt@nasda.org) by Friday, August 18. Items submitted after this date will require a 2/3 vote for consideration. Details on NASDA’s policy process and Policy Amendment/Action Item Forms are available online on the Pre-Meeting Documents page. For your reference, NASDA’s existing policy statements are available online. Please contact Britt with any questions about our policy process.

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  • Carly Grether Posted on 08/15/2017 by Carly Grether
    Save up to $130 by Registering for the Annual Meeting Before Saturday!

    Attendees of the upcoming 2017 NASDA Annual Meeting have the opportunity to save up to $130 if registered by the Friday, August 18 early-bird registration deadline. Click here for a summary of fees and more information about our upcoming event which includes numerous national and international agriculture leaders and a screening of the latest food documentary, FOOD EVOLUTION.

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 08/15/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp
    Kentucky: Commissioner Quarles Helps Deliver Freezers to Food Pantries in Five Eastern Kentucky Counties

    Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles brought a little hope to Eastern Kentucky’s less fortunate on Monday when he helped deliver freezers donated by Farm Credit Mid-America and CoBank to food pantries in five counties.

    “Thanks to the generosity of these agricultural lenders, food pantries throughout the Commonwealth will be able to accept donations of meats and other frozen foods,” Commissioner Quarles said. “This will enable the food pantries to help their clients get the proteins they need for a healthy, balanced diet. This is a giant step in the mission of the Kentucky Hunger Initiative to seek solutions to chronic food insecurity in Kentucky.”

    “The gift from Farm Credit Mid-America and CoBank thanks to Commissioner Quarles’ Hunger Initiative will substantially increase the ability of Kentucky’s food bank network to distribute donated agricultural products,” said Tamara Sandberg, executive director of the Kentucky Association ...

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 08/15/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp

    Dr. Khadijeh (Homa) Anooshehpoor, Ph.D., recently joined the Nevada Department of Agriculture as Food and Nutrition division administrator. Dr. Anooshehpoor has more than 20 years of state service and teaching experience, and most recently she served as assistant director of the Nevada Department of Education’s School Improvement program.

    “Homa is a welcome addition to our leadership team, as she has a strong background working in the communities many of our nutrition programs serve,” NDA Director Jim Barbee said. “We are thrilled to have Homa continue her service to the state here at the NDA.”

    Prior to her state service, Dr. Anooshehpoor spent several years teaching coursework related to race, class and gender, family, sociology and social inequalities at the University of Nevada, Reno and Arizona State University (ASU). She has her Ph.D. from ASU, a master of arts from San Diego State University and a bachelor of arts from the University of Shiraz, ...

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 08/15/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp
    Farm Bureau: SNAP - It Ain't Just for Cities

    Writen by John Newton, Ph.D., Director, Market Intelligence and Bob Young, Chief Economist & Deputy Executive Director, Public Policy, American Farm Bureau Federation

    The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly the Food Stamp Program) is the nation's largest domestic food and nutrition assistance program for low-income Americans. Program participants include women, children, the elderly, and military veterans and their families. SNAP offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families and provides economic benefits to communities. People have long associated SNAP recipients with urban communities, especially when it comes to farm bill negotiations and the historical partnership between farm policy and nutrition programs. However, data reveal that residents of rural communities depend on SNAP as much as, and potentially more than, their urban counterparts.

    Each year, millions of low-income individuals and families receive ...

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  • Charlie Ingram Posted on 08/15/2017 by Charlie Ingram

    U.S. farmers are expected to produce a record-high soybean crop this year, according to the Crop Production report issued August 10 by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). Up 2 percent from 2016, soybean production is forecast at 4.38 billion bushels, while corn growers are expected to decrease their production by 7 percent from last year, forecast at 14.2 billion bushels.  

    Up 7 percent from last year, area for soybean harvest is forecast at a record 88.7 million acres with planted area for the nation estimated at a record-high 89.5 million acres, unchanged from the June estimate. Soybean yields are expected to average 49.4 bushels per acre, down 2.7 bushels from last year. Record soybean yields are expected in Delaware, Georgia, Kentucky, Missouri, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina.

    Average corn yield is forecast at 169.5 bushels per acre, down 5.1 bushels from last year. If realized, this will be the third highest yield and production on ...

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