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FARM BILL NEGOTIATIONS CONTINUE

       Congressional agriculture leaders and the Bush administration are continuing to hold intense negotiations on the 2007 farm bill. Lawmakers are working hard to reach a compromise and pass legislation before the current Farm Bill expires on March 15.        Both House and Senate Agriculture Committee chairmen have released new farm bill spending proposals in recent days.…

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GLOBALIZATION DEMYSTIFIED AT 2008 U.S. FOOD EXPORT SHOWCASE

       Globalization will be thoroughly examined in numerous forums at the 2008 U.S. Food Export Showcase to help small and mid-size food manufacturers make sense of the brave new world--and exciting opportunities--unfolding before their eyes.   The U.S. Food Export Showcase is part of the larger Global Food & Style Expo 2008 that takes place in McCormick Place, April 27 to 29,…

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COURT VALIDATES NEW YORK's POSITION ON CANADIAN MILK IMPORTS --Canadian Dairy Producers Group No Longer Allowed to Export Milk to U.S.

       New York State Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker February 19 expressed his approval of a decision by the Canadian court system against BTU36094 Group, Ltd., a group of four Ontario dairy farmers who have been shipping milk into the United States. The court found this group to be operating outside of Ontario's mandatory quota system and granted a motion for an order…

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JOHNSTON COUNTY RESIDENT NAMED DIRECTOR OF NCDA&CS EMERGENCY PROGRAMS

       North Carolina Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler has appointed Sharron W. Stewart as director of the Emergency Programs Division at the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (NCDACS). She has assumed her duties.       Stewart previously was deputy director of the division. She replaces Marty Zaluski, who left the department last year to become…

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AG LEADERS PROMOTE RESEARCH ON HIGHER ETHANOL BLENDS

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency should promote increased research to make higher percentage ethanol blends, such as E20 and E30, available to American consumers, according to the leading agriculture officials from the 50 states. “The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 mandates an increase in renewable fuels (RFS) to 36 billion gallons annually by 2022,” said North…

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AG CHIEFS URGE ACTION ON CUBA TRADE, CARBON

The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) has called on the Bush Administration to interpret the Trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act as broadly as possible, to enable U.S. companies to compete with other countries in Cuba. “Our trade policy with Cuba is completely inconsistent with respect to our relations with other countries,” said North…

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NASDA URGES SCHAFER TO REVISIT DISASTER PROGRAM

 The National Association of Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) has urged the new U.S. secretary of agriculture to reconsider the U.S. Senate-approved proposal of a permanent disaster program in the 2008 Farm Bill. “We are disappointed in your Jan. 31 statement indicating that you will not fight the Administration’s opposition to a permanent fund for weather-related disaster aid,”…

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BLACKHAM BRINGS NASDA VIEWPOINTS TO RANGELAND CONFERENCE

       Utah Agriculture Commissioner Leonard Blackham addressed the American Forage and Grassland Council (AFGC) and Society of Range Management (SRM) Building Bridges: Grasslands to Rangeland Conference on January 28, 2008, in Louisville, Kentucky. Blackham, who chairs NASDA's Natural Resources and Pesticide Management Committee, represented NASDA at the conference to discuss…

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JOHNSON OUTLINES NEED FOR BETTER BLACKBIRD CONTROL

       NASDA President and North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Roger Johnson says a comprehensive national management plan is needed to deal with the damage to crops and livestock caused by blackbirds and other wildlife.       "Annual bird damage losses to all crops in this country exceeded $100 million in 2007 and will probably continue to rise," Johnson said January 29 in…