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NASDA Launches 2018 Partners Program

Relationships make a difference. NASDA is committed to building lasting relationships within the food and agriculture industries and systems. Our partners program not only increases your organization’s visibility, but provides networking opportunities for companies interested in advancing agriculture and food policies at the national level. NASDA Members have a broad range of regulatory…

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Thomas Fire Strikes California

Moving into December California continues to face its largest wildfire season in history with 6 major fires burning across the Central Coast and Southern California. The largest of the 6 fires, the Thomas Fire is now the fifth largest wildfire in the state’s history, burning more than 230,000 acres and evacuating almost 100,000 people.  The five other fires are all at least 80%…

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Intern Perspective: A New Generation of Agriculturists

I’m only 22, but I’ve noticed that there are people who value and appreciate their mother, some who take them for granted, and then some who choose not to maintain a relationship with their mom.Let us think of agriculture as our mother. After all, agriculture feeds, clothes, and provides us with the support we need in life. If we look at agriculture being our mom, what I first stated…

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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…