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Delaware: Ag Census response will impact farm policy and industry

Beginning in December, farmers in Delaware and Maryland will have the opportunity to make a positive impact on their communities and industry by taking part in the 2017 Census of Agriculture. Conducted every five years by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, the census, starting to be mailed out this week, is a complete count of all U.S. farms,…

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Winter Policy Conference Hotel Block Closes One Month from Today

Book your room today for our upcoming Winter Policy Conference, January 29-31, at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, DC. The deadline to book your room at the NASDA group rate is 5:00PM EST Friday, January 5, 2018. The block will sell out long before that date. Registration fees and a draft agenda have now been posted to our website. Registration will be launching in early December, so be on…

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NASDA Member Spotlight: Cindy Hyde Smith, Mississippi Department of Agriculture

This week's NASDA Member Spotlight is Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture Cindy Hyde Smith. Commissioner Hyde Smith was elected to her position in November 2011 and is currently serving as the Southern Region Representative on NASDA' Board of Directors.How do you start your day? The first thing that I do when I wake up each morning is to thank God for the day and to pray for the…

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USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture Announces Support for Education, Mentoring, and Technical Assistance Programs to Help New Farmers and Ranchers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced $17.7 million in available funding to support the delivery of education, mentoring, and technical assistance programs that help beginning farmers and ranchers in the U.S. and its territories. Funding is made through NIFA’s Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program…

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USDA Offers Assistance to Protect Privately-Owned Wetlands, Agricultural Lands and Grasslands

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) encourages people and groups wanting to protect critical wetlands, agricultural lands and grasslands to consider enrolling their property into conservation easements. This year, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) plans to invest $250 million in technical and financial assistance to help private landowners, tribes, land trusts…

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CERCLA Emissions Reporting Extended to January 2018

On November 22nd, the DC Court of Appeals granted a stay on the extension of the CERCLA air emissions reporting requirements for animal agriculture operations until January 22, 2018. EPA has issued interim guidance that will be continually updated to help provide clarity when the reporting process begins. NASDA is working with agriculture stakeholders to pursue a legislative fix to the…

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NASDA Creates New Market Opportunities Throughout China and South Korea

NASDA's Trade Show Team, Dewitt Ashby and Megan McDonald visited China (Beijing, Changchun, Guangzhou, Xiamen, Jinjiang and Shanghai) and South Korea (Seoul) last week to promote attendance at the upcoming 2018 American Food Fair at the NRA Show. NASDA produces the American Food Fair Pavilion at the NRA Show each year and works actively with the National Restaurant Association and USDA's…

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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…