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State Ag Officials Applaud Bipartisan Effort to Give Farmers Certainty Under CERCLA

The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) today applauded the introduction of the Fair Agricultural Reporting Method Act (FARM Act), S. 2421, which would clarify that farmers and ranchers are not required to report livestock manure data under Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), a law intended to regulate toxic…

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NASDA Statement on President Trump’s Infrastructure Proposal

Following yesterday’s release of the White House’s Legislative Outline for Rebuilding Infrastructure in America, National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) CEO Dr. Barbara P. Glenn issued the following statement: “Modernized infrastructure is necessary for transporting agriculture goods to market and keeping farmers and ranchers in business. Infrastructure…

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Partner Spotlight: Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems Funders (SAFSF)

This week's Partner Spotlight is Virginia Clarke, Executive Director, Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems Funders (SAFSF). SAFSF is a 2018 NASDA Partner at the Board of Director's Level. How long have you been with SAFSF and what is your current role?I started with SAFSF in January 2003 and served as a part-time Coordinator for the first several years. As the network has grown – from…

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Pesticide Data Program Releases Annual Summary Confirms 99% of Foods Have Pesticide Residues Below EPA Standards

The Pesticide Data Program’s (PDP) 2016 Annual Summary is now available. USDA AMS conducts this program each year to collect data on pesticide residues in food. The PDP tests a wide variety of domestic and imported foods, with a strong focus on foods that are consumed by infants and children. The PDP annual summary provides reliable data to help assure consumers that the food they…

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Study Shows Foreign Competitors Increase Investment In Developing Ag Exports While U.S. Lags Behind

The latest analysis of foreign export promotion program investment shows that several competing countries and the European Union spent close to $1 billion in public funds on agricultural export promotion in 2016, outspending the United States 4 to 1. That is an increase of 70 percent in real competitive public spending since 2011. U.S. public funding for the two largest agricultural…

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Ag Coalition Urges Lighthizer to Pursue Talks with TPP Countries

The Asia-Pacific Market Working Group of the U.S. Food and Agriculture Dialogue for Trade, a coalition including NASDA and more than 100 food and agriculture groups, urged U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to follow up with President Trump after the President stated he is open to negotiating trade deals with members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or even the whole group. The…

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ACTION ALERT: Rollover Protection Structures (ROPS) for Farmers in Your State

By  Pam Tinc, Northeast Center for Occupational Health and Safety: Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing Tractor overturns are the most frequent cause of death on U.S. farms. These deaths are tragic given the fact that ROPS are 99% effective in preventing overturn deaths and yet 40% of US tractors in use today lack this vital protection. With the recent launch of the National ROPS Rebate…

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Deadline for Summer Internship Opportunity Quickly Approaching

We are accepting applications until Monday, February 12 for our highly competitive, paid policy internship program for the summer semester. Please share our summer internship opportunity with your networks! View our intern flyer here.

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USDA: Perdue Unveils Farmers.gov, Interactive Website for Agricultural Producers

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue recently unveiled Farmers.gov, the new interactive one-stop website for producers maintained by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Farmers.gov is now live but will have multiple features added over the coming months to allow agricultural producers to make appointments with USDA offices, file forms, and apply for USDA programs. The website…