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Texas: TDA Announces Funds for 2018 Specialty Crop Block Grant Cycle

The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) is pleased to announce the competitive solicitation to award 2018 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) funds for projects that solely enhance the competitiveness of Texas specialty crops.   The Request for Application (RFA), application link, project profile template and financial capability questionnaire  may be found on TDA’s…

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Murphy Keeping Longtime NJ Secretary of Agriculture

By David Levinsky, Burlington County TimesNew Jersey’s longtime secretary of Agriculture is staying put.Doug Fisher, who has served as head of the state Department of Agriculture since 2009, will remain in the post under the administration of Gov.-elect Phil Murphy.Murphy’s transition team announced the appointment Friday afternoon, along with his nomination of Gary Lanigan to…

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Colorado: Home to First U.S.-Bred Certified Hemp Seed

In the race to develop a successful, viable hemp industry, Colorado is now home to the first U.S.-bred hemp seed to qualify as Association of Official Seed Certifying Agencies (AOSCA) certified seed.  “This is an exciting time for the industrial hemp industry.  It seems breeding, technology, and information advances are happening at the speed of light; this is a giant step for American…

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Federal Shutdown Looms

A federal shutdown is looming again, but is less likely with a plan unveiled today. Funding for the government runs out Friday midnight. GOP leaders have cobbled together a funding package to extend the deadline through February and are whipping the bill today. Though the package includes an extension of CHIP, a healthcare program for children, no fix for DACA enrollees’ end of…

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KDA Hemp Program Maintains Steady Growth; More Than 12,000 Acres Approved for Planting in 2018

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) has approved 225 applications from growers to cultivate up to 12,018 acres of industrial hemp for research purposes in 2018. More than 681,000 square feet of greenhouse space were approved for indoor growers in 2018. “Kentucky continues to lead on industrial hemp research, exploring every aspect of this versatile crop,” Agriculture…

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NASDA Welcomes Katie McLaughlin to Policy Team

NASDA is pleased to welcome Katie McLaughlin as our agriculture policy intern for the spring semester. Katie McLaughlin of Mifflintown, Pennsylvania is a junior at the Pennsylvania State University majoring in Agricultural Science with minors in Agricultural Communications and International Agriculture. Before joining NASDA, Katie interned with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture…

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Maryland: Julie Oberg Named Deputy Secretary of Agriculture

The Maryland Department of Agriculture today announced that Julie Oberg has been named deputy secretary of agriculture, effective January 3. She replaces Jim Eichhorst, who accepted the position of Maryland State Executive Director of the Farm Service Agency, United States Department of Agriculture.“We are very pleased with this announcement,” said Agriculture Secretary Joe…

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NASDA Statement on Trump Administration’s Rural Prosperity Report

Following the release today of the Report to the President of the United States from the Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity at the American Farm Bureau Federation Convention in Nashville, the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) President and Connecticut Commissioner of Agriculture Steven K. Reviczky issued the following statement: “We are…

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Student Spotlight: A Regional Look at Future NASDA Members

Brian Glenn is a Junior at the University of Maryland and constructed this blog post as part of his coursework for a professional writing for non-profits course. Describe yourself.My name is Brian Glenn and I am from Howard County, MD right in the middle of the D.C. and Baltimore metropolitan areas.  I am a junior studying Agriculture resource and economics at the University of Maryland…