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State Ag Leaders Praise Introduction of FARMERS FIRST Act

Following today’s introduction of the Facilitating Accessible Resources for Mental Health and Encouraging Rural Solutions For Immediate Response to Stressful Times (FARMERS FIRST) Act by Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Joni Ernst (R-IA) with Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), and Jerry Moran (R-KS) as original co-sponsors, NASDA CEO Dr. Barbara…

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Minnesota: Farmers Must Be Central to Trade Negotiations

Opinion by Commissioner Dave FredricksonMinnesota’s farmers are among the most productive in the nation. We boast 73,200 farm operations, and we’re among the ten top states producing commodities like soybeans, corn, wheat, and pork. We all depend upon agriculture to inject vitality into the economies that feed and fuel the state of Minnesota. Our farmers depend on global trade to…

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Pennsylvania: PA Agriculture Secretary Issues Statement on 2018 Federal Farm Bill’s Introduction in U.S. House

Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding today commended the U.S. House of Representatives for the initial release of a draft federal Farm Bill, legislation that provides funding and guidelines for farm and food programs in the United States. While noting the challenges of crafting such a wide-ranging piece of legislation, Redding said the bill contains a number of positive aspects for…

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NASDA Member Spotlight: Chris Chinn, Missouri Department of Agriculture

This week's NASDA Member Spotlight is Missouri Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn. Director Chinn was appointed to her position in January 2017.How do you start your day?I start my day with news and updates from some of my favorite sources. I talk with my family, catch up on Snapchat with my kids, hear about what’s happening on the farm and head to the office.     What is the…

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China Slaps 179% Charge on US Sorghum Imports

The China Commerce Ministry revealed that customs officers will charge importers a fee of nearly 179% on US sorghum after an investigation found the shipments were unfairly subsidized and damaging Chinese producers. China is the largest buyer of American sorghum products, importing $960 million worth of the crop last year. Written by Katie McLaughlin

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Nevada: NDA Announces Leadership Change

The Nevada Department of Agriculture director announced today he will be transitioning into a new role as Churchill County Manager.   “It has been a great pleasure to serve Governor Sandoval, The Nevada Board of Agriculture and citizens of Nevada. NDA has a strong team and I have no doubt they will continue to do good work for the constituents of our great state,” Director…

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State Ag Officials Encouraged by First Steps on Farm Bill

Following the release of the Farm Bill draft authored by House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway, Steven K. Reviczky, NASDA President and Connecticut Commissioner of Agriculture issued the following statement on this important first step towards passing a bipartisan Farm Bill this year:    “In this time of uncertainty and low prices in our country’s agriculture sector, we…

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Kentucky: Quarles Hails Senate Majority Leader McConnell Upon Introduction of Hemp Farming Act of 2018

Commissioner of Agriculture Ryan Quarles applauded the introduction of the bipartisan Hemp Farming Act of 2018 by United States Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) today. “This is a historic day for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, as Leader McConnell has introduced a bipartisan bill to legalize hemp as an agricultural commodity,” Commissioner Quarles said. “This is an…