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Michigan: State Seeks Applicants for Food and Dairy Division Director

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is seeking an experienced professional to make a long-term positive impact on Michigan consumers and food producers by leading a highly effective Food and Dairy Division.  This position will focus on the coordinated operation of 5 program units consisting of over 100 staff focused on compliance, education, and customer service. …

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State Agriculture Officials Celebrate National Ag Day

On National Ag Day today, the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) celebrates the important contributions agriculture makes to the security and prosperity of America. NASDA is a proud partner of the 45th annual National Ag Day which aims to establish and enhance the understanding of how food, fiber and renewable resource products are made. American agriculture…

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New Mexico: State Seeking Division Director & State Chemist

New Mexico Department of Agriculture seeks a Division Director and a State Chemist to join the NMDA in Las Cruces, New Mexico. For more information and to apply online, visit http://www.nmda.nmsu.edu/humanresources. NMDA is an EEO/AA employer.

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USDA NIFA Announces FY18 Higher Education Challenge Grant Funding

USDA NIFA has announced the availability of approximately $4.5 M in grant funding for improving formal, postsecondary-level agricultural science education. Applications for grant funding should: address a state, regional, national, or international educational need; involve a creative or non-traditional approach toward addressing that need that can serve as a model to others; encourage…

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USDA Announces Support Available for Specialty Crops, the Local Food Sector, and Agricultural Marketing

USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) today announced nearly $89 million in available funding to support specialty crop growers, strengthen local and regional food systems, and explore new market opportunities for farmers and ranchers. The Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) is a top priority for NASDA in the next Farm Bill. Since 2006, NASDA Members have partnered with the…

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Stand-Up for Engulfment Prevention Week

The National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have created a national alliance to promote grain bin safety. The alliance is hosting Stand-Up for Engulfment Prevention Week April 9-13 to raise awareness about grain bin dangers, provide education and share safety best practices. Resources including safety tip sheets, guidance…

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Montana: MDA Encouraging Support for Ag Literacy Program During Tax Season

The Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) is encouraging Montanans to support the Montana Agriculture in the Classroom program this tax season by contributing to the voluntary check-off program when filing this year’s income taxes.  “As the average age of farmers and ranchers continues to rise, it’s more important than ever that we educate the next generation on the importance…

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Iowa: State Sets Goal for Monarch Conservation

The Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium has set a goal of acres devoted to monarch butterfly habitat in the state by 2038. “The consortium has worked collaboratively with diverse stakeholders to develop a comprehensive plan to expand habitat on our agricultural land, urban areas, roadsides, and other public land. We appreciate the many partners that have been involved and are…

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House Leaders Eye Friday Vote on Omnibus Spending Bill

House leaders are aiming for a Friday vote to fund the government with more than a temporary fix. Lawmakers are hopeful details will be resolved by Wednesday, March 14,  giving them leeway ahead of the March 23 deadline to pass new legislation and avert a government shutdown. Aides on both sides of the aisle recognize that passage could be pushed back until next week since controversial…