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Florida: Commissioner Adam Putnam, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture and Other Officials Survey Damage to Florida Agriculture

Yesterday, Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, Senator Marco Rubio, Congressman Tom Rooney and Congressman Mario Díaz-Balart surveyed agricultural damage from Hurricane Irma and met with affected farmers in Clewiston, Fla. Image: Sen. Marco Rubio, Secretary Sonny Perdue, Commissioner Adam Putnam, Congressman Tom Rooney prior to…

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New Hampshire Commissioner of Agriculture Lorraine Merrill Announces Retirement

Governor Chris Sununu issued the following statement announcing the intended retirement of New Hampshire Department of Agriculture Commissioner Lorraine Merrill."For the past 10 years, Commissioner Merrill has done an outstanding job as Commissioner of Agriculture. Her passion and dedication for New Hampshire farms, farmers and local communities across the State of New Hampshire will be…

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Organic Farming Research Foundation Opens 2018 Grant Cycle

OFRF is pleased to release our Request for Proposals (RFP) for 2018 research grants. Applicants residing in Canada, Mexico, and the United States are eligible to apply. In particular, OFRF encourages farmers, ranchers, graduate students, early career researchers, veterans, and Extension personnel to consider applying for funding. The deadline for proposals is December 15, 2017. OFRF will…

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Significant Women in Oklahoma Agriculture Highlight: Anita Van der Laan

Growing up in the Holland province Fryslan, Anita Van der Laan never imagined she would one day have an 8,000 head dairy in Oklahoma.Van der Laan’s love for dairy began at a very young age on her family’s 90-head Holstein dairy back in Holland. She is a 5th generation dairy farmer, with farmers on both sides of her family.A defining moment in Van der Laan’s life occurred when she…

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U.S. Virgin Islands in Need of Hay Donations for Livestock

From the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Agriculture Commissioner Carlos Robles:We just received the latest weather information and unless there is a miracle waiting in heaven, we will be taking another direct hit.  Puerto Rico will also be receiving a direct hit as opposed to a minor brush with Hurricane Irma. I know that FEMA is more interested in the lives of humans and…

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NASDA Seeks Applicants for Competitive Spring Internship Position

NASDA is currently seeking applications for highly motivated public policy interns interested in learning about the legislation and regulations that impact American agriculture. There is one internship position available per semester and we are accepting applications for the upcoming spring semester (January - May). The deadline to apply for this semester is October 27, 2017. This…

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McKinney Nomination Hearing Today

Today, NASDA member, Director Ted McKinney of Indiana provided testimony to the Senate Agriculture Committee on his nomination for position of USDA Under Secretary of Agriculture for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs. McKinney was joined by Stephen Censky, who is nominated to be deputy secretary of agriculture. This hearing is the first USDA nomination hearing since Secretary Perdue…

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GMO Answers Launches GMO Innovation Video Contest

October marks GMO Answers’ annual “Get to Know GMOs Month” campaign. This year GMO Answers, a platform dedicated to answering the public’s questions about GMOs and biotechnology, is launching a video innovation contest designed to engage students and young science enthusiasts to come up with creative ways to help solve for some of the world’s most pressing food challenges, and…

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Perdue Statement on Censky & McKinney Senate Committee Hearing

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today gave high marks to Steve Censky and Ted McKinney for their joint appearance before the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.  President Donald Trump has nominated Censky to service as Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, while McKinney is the president’s choice to be the very first Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign…