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New Members Named to Senate Agriculture Committee

 Both Democrats and Republicans have named new members to the Senate Agriculture Committee as the panel continues to organize for the 110th Congress.  Democrats selected three new senators to the committee: Sherrod Brown (Ohio), Robert Casey, Jr. (Pa.), and Amy Klobuchar (Minn.). Sen. Tom Harkin (Iowa) returns as the committee chairman and Democratic senators who will continue to serve…

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FSIS Administrator to Leave Agency

USDA Under Secretary for Food Safety Dr. Richard Raymond recently announced that Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) Administrator Dr. Barbara Masters will leave the agency effective January 19. Masters was named administrator in August 2005 and served as the acting administrator from March 2004. Raymond also announced the selection of David P. Goldman, M.D., MPH, to serve as…

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Delaware's New State Veterinarian Named

Sara Busch, D.V.M., of Manor College, Jenkintown, Penn., has accepted the position as state veterinarian with the Delaware Department of Agriculture (DDA). She is replacing Dr. H. Wesley Towers who retired in 2005 and Dr. Robert Ricker who has been acting State Veterinarian in the interim. As state veterinarian, Busch will be the administrator of the DDA Poultry and Animal Health Section…

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Department Selects Program Manager for Office of Veterinary Services

  The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) has selected Dr. Colleen C. Calderwood as a program manager within the Division of Animal and Food Industry Services (AFIS). In her new position, Calderwood manages the Office of Veterinary Services (OVS), with locations in Richmond, Wytheville, Lynchburg, and Harrisonburg. The office is responsible for administering…

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All policy amendments to be considered at the Midyear Meeting, Feb. 7 to 12, are due in the NASDA office by January 25, 2007. Electronic copies please!Midyear group hotel rates are available until Wednesday, January 10, and early-bird registration ends on January 20. Find additional information and register online at http://www.nasda.org/ under the "Calendar" section.

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Doug Gillespie leaving MDAR

Massachusetts Agriculture Commissioner and NASDA Vice President Douglas Gillespie was replaced by incoming Governor Deval L. Patrick. Scott Soares will serve as acting commissioner until a permanent commissioner is named. Douglas P. Gillespie has served as commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) since April 3, 2002, under Governors Jane Swift and Mitt…

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NASDA Welcomes New Members

Idaho Governor Butch Otter nominated Celia Gould as Idaho agriculture director/secretary on Dec. 22. Gould is a cattle rancher who was in the state Legislature for 15 years and chaired the House Judiciary Committee. Vermont Governor Jim Douglas nominated Roger Allbee as Vermont agriculture secretary Dec. 14. Allbee has worked for the Farm Services Agency since 2003. He has also worked in…

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Fred Dailey to leave the Department

Fred Dailey is leaving the Ohio Agriculture Department (ODA) after 16 years when Governor-elect Ted Strickland is sworn in on Jan. 8. Gov. George Voinovich, a Republican, hired him in 1991.  Fred L. Dailey has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corporation and has served as its chairman since August 16, 2002. He also serves as chairman of the…

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Takasugi to wrap up 10 years with the Idaho State Department of Agriculture

Idaho State Department of Agriculture Director Pat Takasugi announced Dec. 13 that he will leave the agency at the end of December, completing 10 years of service to the state's citizens and 25,000 farmers and ranchers. Takasugi was appointed director in 1996 by Governor Phil Batt. He was reappointed by Govs. Dirk Kempthorne in 1998 and Jim Risch in 2006.  "What we've done in the last 10…