organic trade association

OTA Files Lawsuit Against USDA Over Organic Livestock Standards

Taylor Hillman Industry News Release, Organic

The Organic Trade Association announced a lawsuit against the Department of Agriculture over its failure to advance new organic livestock standards. The suit alleges USDA violated the Organic Foods Production Act, and unlawfully delayed the effective date of the final livestock standards. The trade association further contends that the Trump Administration’s regulatory freeze order issued to federal agencies in January …

restructuring

Censky, McKinney, Nomination Hearing Scheduled

Taylor Hillman Industry News Release

The Senate Agriculture Committee will hold a hearing on nominees to the Department of Agriculture next week. Committee leaders, Chairman Pat Roberts, and ranking minority member Debbie Stabenow announced plans to hold the hearing for Ted McKinney and Stephen Censky Tuesday, September 19th. Censky, CEO of the American Soybean Association, was nominated by President Trump to serve as Deputy Secretary …

Head of USDA Organic Program Stepping Down

Taylor Hillman Industry News Release, Organic

The leader of the Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Program will step down at the end of the month. Miles McEvoy will vacate the position overseeing the program and return to his home state of Washington. McEvoy led the program that oversees organic regulations and the USDA organic seal for eight years. McEvoy told Fern’s Ag Insider that his original …

restructuring

USDA Providing Recovery Efforts after Hurricane Irma

Taylor Hillman Industry News Release, Weather

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) wants to remind farmers and ranchers and those who reside in rural communities impacted Hurricane Irma, they have programs that provide assistance in the wake of disasters. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue said, “In recent weeks, millions of Americans have been affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.” He said, “USDA employees have been working tirelessly …

alabama

Florida NRCS Holding State Technical Meeting Next Week

Dan Florida, USDA-NRCS

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Florida will conduct a State Technical Advisory Committee meeting Tuesday, August 15 at the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Doyle Conner Agriculture Building Auditorium in Gainesville. Florida State Conservationist, Russell Morgan, says the meeting is being held to assist agricultural producers in meeting their land management goals while protecting our natural resources.

Agricultural Chemical Use

Agricultural Chemical Use Survey Results Released

Dan Field Crops, Fruits, Industry News Release, Specialty Crops, Vegetables

The 2016 Agricultural Chemical Use Survey collected data about pesticide use and pest management practices on acres planted to 28 different vegetable crops. NASS conducted the survey among producers in 19 states, focusing on the states that were major producers of the surveyed crops. (Fig. 1) In California, NASS collected data for 23 crops, the most number of crops selected …

aquaculture research

Funding for Research to Improve Livestock and Aquaculture

Dan Aquaculture, Cattle, Industry News Release, Livestock, Research

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced 40 grants totaling more than $15.7 million for agricultural research on the production of beef, dairy, poultry, pork, and fish that people consume every day. The funding is made possible through NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. “To ensure …

crop insurance

Crop Insurance Comments Could Jeopardize Clovis Nomination

Dan Industry News Release

Comments made by Senate Agriculture Committee leaders suggest that Sam Clovis’s position on crop insurance could jeopardize his nomination for a top post at the Department of Agriculture. Senate Agriculture Ranking Democrat Debbie Stabenow and Chairman Pat Roberts both eluded to the nominee’s statements on crop insurance. Clovis has previously questioned the constitutionality of crop insurance. Stabenow said: “It is …

Urban Agriculture Conservation Grants Awarded

Dan Environment, USDA-NRCS

The National Association of Conservation Districts, in partnership with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, has awarded $1 million in grants to 19 conservation districts in 14 states to boost technical assistance capacity for urban agriculture and conservation projects. “Our work as conservationists has evolved since the Dust Bowl when many of our nation’s 3,000 conservation districts were first established,” NACD …