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Nevada: $410,000 awarded to 48 schools in support of school garden efforts

The Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDA) announced 48 schools in five Nevada counties have received grant awards in support of school garden efforts. Thanks to Senate Bill (SB) 167, signed into law by Governor Brian Sandoval on June 8, 2017, which allowed the NDA to appropriate up to $10,000 in funding to each qualifying school during the 2017-2018 school year.  “Encouraging…

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NASDA Member Spotlight: Kent Leonhardt, West Virginia Department of Agriculture

How do you start your day? My day usually starts with either hitting the road or being briefed by my staff. Either way, this leads into a morning and afternoon that consists of meeting with individuals that want to grow agriculture in the Mountain State. A lot of those conversations end with a question, a vision and a path forward. How we can leave a better West Virginia for our…

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Mark Your Calendars: 2018 Winter Policy Conference Coming Soon

NASDA's 2018 Winter Policy Conference will be held January 29-31 at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, DC. You wont want to miss this event. New NASDA Members, new NASDA staff, a new USDA, ongoing NAFTA negotiations, and an upcoming Farm Bill will undoubtedly make this the top agriculture policy gathering of 2018.Registration will be launched in early December but hotel reservations are…

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Submit Your School for a Healthy Snacking Grant by November 30

Students, food service directors, PE teachers – anyone connected to the school – are encouraged to submit their healthy snacking idea by completing a short form found on the www.apples4ed.com site before November 30, 2017. All initiatives requesting grant funding must fall into one of three categories: hands-on-learning, event or food service. With few program parameters, creative…

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Vermont: Produce Safety Improvement Grant Program Accepting Applications on November 15

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM) will accept applications for Produce Safety Improvement Grants beginning November 15. Approximately $74,000 in funding is available in this round, and funds will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis to eligible applicants. Applicants must grow, harvest, pack, or hold “covered produce” as defined by the U.S. Food &…

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California: CDFA Releases Final Environmental Impact Report for Calcannabis Cultivation Licensing Program

The final program environmental impact report (EIR) for the CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing Program has been certified and is available for viewing at cdfa.ca.gov/calcannabis/PEIR.html. Certification of the EIR as final by CDFA and providing notice through the California State Clearinghouse is required by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and is a necessary step leading…

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Aline DeLucia Joins NASDA Policy Team

The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) announced today that Aline DeLucia has joined NASDA’s public policy team as Associate Director, Public Policy.  DeLucia will represent NASDA on a diverse portfolio of agriculture policy issues.  “I am thrilled to apply my diverse agriculture experience in crop and animal health to advance NASDA’s policy profile…

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Sacramento Bee: Got Milk? Ending NAFTA Could Sour California's Booming Dairy Industry

What California industry directly employs more than 104,000 people with a ripple effect that supports an additional 285,000 full-time jobs in retail, construction and other sectors? If you said dairy, reward yourself with a cold glass of milk.But don’t celebrate long. Our success is global and fragile. Seemingly small actions giving the European Union and other U.S. competitors the…

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Book Your Room for the Winter Policy Conference Today

NASDA is currently holding a block of rooms at the Grand Hyatt Washington, DC at the rate of $269/night + 14.5% tax from January 27 – January 31, 2018. The deadline to book your room at the NASDA group rate is 5:00PM EST Friday, January 5, 2018. NASDA's limited block of hotel rooms could sell out well before the January 5 deadline so please reserve your room(s) early! Reservation…