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Farm Bill Progress on Both Sides of the Hill

The Senate Ag Committee's approval of its farm bill this week by a vote of 20 to 1 bodes well for the full Senate's consideration of the bill by July 4th.Meanwhile, assuming an immigration deal among House Republicans sticks, the House could re-vote on its Farm Bill as early as next Friday. Having bills through both chambers before (or close to) July 4th is important to allow sufficient…

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China Retaliates After U.S. Tariffs Announced

The Administration announced that it will impose an additional duty of 25 percent on approximately $50 billion worth of Chinese imports. The increased tariffs, which come in response to a Section 301 investigation finding China has engaged in forced technology transfers of U.S. technology and intellectual property, prompted the Chinese government to announce retaliatory tariffs. Among the…

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Association of Structural Pest Control Regulatory Officials Hosting Annual Meeting August 20-24

Please join the Association of Structural Pest Control Regulatory Officials (ASPCRO) August 20th –24th, 2018 for their 62nd annual meeting at the Hyatt Regency Riverwalk Hotel in beautiful and historic San Antonio, Texas. The 2018 program promises attendees a valuable opportunity to attend and participate in presentations and sessions focused on some of today’s most timely and…

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Pollinator Week Abuzz in DC June 18-23

Monday, June 18 – 12 PM NCFAR Hill Seminar-Pollinator Research Featuring Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research & Pollinator Research  Lunch - House Location TBDRegister here!  Tuesday, June 19 – 6:30 PMThe Guardians Film Screening Discussion with a Panel of Monarch Experts Sidney R. Yates Auditorium - Department of the Interior 1849 C Street Northwest Washington, DC 20240…

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Iowa: Farmers Market Coupons Available to Eligible Older Iowans, WIC Recipients

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig recently announced that applications for the Farmers Market Nutrition Programs are now available for eligible WIC recipients and low-income older Iowans.The WIC Farmers Market Nutrition and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Programs provide eligible Iowans with checks that can be redeemed for fresh, locally grown produce at authorized farmers markets…

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Missouri: Feeding MORE Missouri Children

The 2018 Drive to Feed Kids kicked off last week. The goal for this collaboration among Missouri agriculture groups is to raise funds to provide food for hungry Missouri children, pack 100,000 nutritious, kid-friendly meals at the Missouri State Fair and to stand in the gap for the Missouri children who face food insecurity. In 2017, Missouri Farmers Care (MFC) launched Drive to…

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Waters Advocacy Coalition Issues Statement on WOTUS Injunction

On Friday, a federal judge in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia granted a preliminary injunction against the 2015 Waters of the U.S. rule to a coalition of 11 states. As POLITICO Morning Energy notes today, Judge Lisa Godbey Wood "singled out two of the states’ claims as particularly strong: that the Obama rule violated the Clean Water Act with its sweeping…

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Kansas: KDA Offers 2018 Organic Certification Cost Share Program

The Kansas Department of Agriculture has funds available for the national Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP), allowing farms, ranches and businesses which produce, process or package certified organic agricultural products to be reimbursed for eligible expenses.   The OCCSP allows state agencies to provide reimbursement to certified organic operators for…

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Partner Spotlight: Growmark

This week's Partner Spotlight is Kristen Faucon, Issues Manager, Growmark. Growmark is a 2018 NASDA Partner at the Friend Level. How long have you been with GROWMARK and what is your current role?I’ve been with GROWMARK for three years and a majority of that time has been spent in my current role as Issues Manager. In this position, I communicate, advocate, and educate to policy makers…