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NASDA and FDA have collaborated to develop steps for Produce Safety Rule inspections as part of the Food Safety Modernization Act’s implementation. The new inspection process is designed to provide nationwide consistency and constructive feedback to farmers about exactly what is examined and how inspections relate to regulation. Also, the USDA announcedon Feb. 4 that $1 million in…

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FSA: USDA, USTR Seek New Members for Trade Advisory Committees

WASHINGTON, Feb. 4, 2019 – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), in cooperation with the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), is accepting nominations for new members to serve on its agricultural trade advisory committees. Nominations received by…

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NASDA and FDA debut new inspections for produce safety, states to play key role in implementation

NASDA and FDA have collaborated to develop steps for Produce Safety Rule inspections as part of the Food Safety Modernization Act’s implementation. The new inspection process is designed to provide nationwide consistency and constructive feedback to farmers about exactly what is examined and how inspections relate to regulation. The brand-new feedback channels developed by NASDA and FDA…

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Produce Safety Inspection Related Documents

The FDA and National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) and our state partners have collaborated to develop two new documents to be used in support of produce inspections.Form 4056 (Produce Farm Inspection Observations)The first document is the Form FDA 4056, “Produce Farm Inspection Observations.” This form represents a new way of providing feedback to farms and…

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NASDA has joined a working group on the U.S.-Japan Free Trade Agreement. The group has established a strategy and will now serve as a forum for discussion and developing policy materials.

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NASDA Awarded ATP Funding

Last week, NASDA was awarded funding through the USDA-FAS Agricultural Trade Promotion Program (ATP). NASDA will use these funds to develop new opportunities for both American Food Fair and Americas Food & Beverage trade show exhibitors to meet directly with international buyers and expand into new export markets.USDA created the ATP program to help U.S. agricultural exporters develop new…

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USDA: Secretary Perdue Statement

(Washington, D.C., January 25, 2019) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today issued the following statement in response to President Donald J. Trump’s announcement of reopening the federal government:“President Trump’s announcement of the reopening of the federal government is welcome news, as it will bring thousands of our employees back to work and return us to our…

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NASDA Intern Spotlight - Isabelle Ausdal

NASDA is pleased to welcome Isabelle Ausdal as our spring agricultural policy intern. Isabelle is a recent graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she majored in agricultural economics with a concentration in public policy and agricultural law, she also double minored in communications and leadership studies. Isabelle is a native of Milan, Illinois, and became…

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WPC Deadline Approaching

Policy amendments and action items for 2019 Winter Policy Conference should be submitted to Alex Noffsinger by this Friday, January 25. Policy items submitted after Jan. 25 will require a two-thirds vote at the meeting for wider consideration. These policy documents can be found on NASDA’s 2019 Winter Policy Conference webpage.