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Member Spotlight: Michael Scuse, Delaware Department of Agriculture Secretary

This week's NASDA member spotlight is Delaware Department of Agriculture Secretary Michael Scuse. Secretary Scuse was reappointed to his position in January 2017.How do you start your day?Every morning I come downstairs, make a fresh pot of coffee, turn on the news and make breakfast for my lovely wife, Patrice, and myself. Then, I head outside to feed my yellow lab Rex before getting…

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U.S. Reaches 90-Day Deal with China

Following a meeting of President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping, the U.S. has agreed to halt its plans to raise the tariff rate from 10 percent to 25 percent on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports. In return for the suspension of raising the tariff rate, the Chinese have agreed to purchase an increased amount of U.S. agricultural goods and products. As part of the agreement the…

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Washington Wrap Up

The modernized North American Free Trade agreement, now the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement was signed on Friday morning by President Trump, Mexican President Pena Nieto and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Tredeau. Read the news release NASDA wrote on the signing.Barb Glenn, NASDA CEO, was invited to speak on USMCA, the Farm Bill and agricultural policy on CSPAN this morning. Watch the…

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NASDA Urges Ratification of USMCA to Pave the Road for Future of Ag

ARLINGTON, VA--The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture applauds today’s signing of the US-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement, as it modernizes trading relationships with our North American neighbors and increases market opportunities for U.S. agricultural goods. NASDA CEO Barb Glenn welcomed the progress made in this modernized agreement. “We celebrate the progress…

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USDA: The Great Recession Affected Food Spending Patterns of Elderly Households Less Than Those of Non-elderly Households

Elderly households (those with at least one individual age 65 or older) tend to be less affected by economic downturns, possibly because they have more fixed incomes from Social Security or pensions that do not depend on employment. Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Expenditure Survey, ERS researchers found that from 2005 to 2010, elderly households did not…

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Member Spotlight: Karen Ross, California Department of Food and Agriculture

This week's NASDA member spotlight is California Department of Food and Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross. Secretary Ross was appointed to her position in January 2011.How do you start your day?When I’m not traveling around this big state, my day starts with an early morning spin class and then the newspaper, emails and online food, ag and business newsletters. I had a mini-epiphany…

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2018 Midterm Election Results & NASDA Membership

After the 2018 midterm elections, NASDA could experience an up to 42 percent change in membership. Our new infographic details which states may see change in agricultural leadership.

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Washington Wrap Up

Last week in Washington, The EU’s ambassador to the U.S., David O’Sullivan, announced the US and the EU are close to finalizing an agreement on US exports of non-hormone treated beef. Following a late 1990’s WTO, case in which it was found the EU discriminates against US beef raised with artificial growth hormones, the US and EU reached an agreement in which the EU established a…

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Statement from USDA and FDA on Regulation of Cell-cultured Poultry and Livestock Products

Last month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration held a public meeting to discuss the use of livestock and poultry cell lines to develop cell-cultured food products. At this meeting, stakeholders shared valuable perspectives on the regulation needed to both foster these innovative food products and maintain the highest standards of public health.…