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USDA Seeks Public Input on Updates to Animal Welfare Act Licensing Requirements

Marking the 51st anniversary of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA), U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue asked for input from the public to help determine potential updates to the law’s licensing requirements.  The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), is tasked with upholding and enforcing the AWA. Submit comments by October 23, 2017. Continue reading ‘USDA Seeks Public Input on Updates to Animal Welfare Act Licensing Requirements’

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Dairy Farmer Survey about FARM Program

Dairy producers have until Sept. 10 to complete a voluntary survey asking about their perceptions of the National Dairy Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) Program and how it can continue to improve the resources it offers farmers. Continue reading ‘Dairy Farmer Survey about FARM Program’

MN Department of Agriculture Listening Sessions

MDA to Host Town Hall Listening Sessions on Ag Issues. In conjunction with Governor Mark Dayton’s 25 by ‘25 water town hall meetings around the state, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) will be hosting a series of agriculture-focused listening sessions. Continue reading ‘MN Department of Agriculture Listening Sessions’

Growers Invited to Take Survey of Attitudes about Crop Insurance

The National Center for Appropriate Technology (www.ncat.org) is conducting this survey of attitudes and opinions about crop insurance. The survey is open to anyone who is farming or ranching commercially in the United States. Results will be used to plan educational efforts and make recommendations to the USDA.  Continue reading ‘Growers Invited to Take Survey of Attitudes about Crop Insurance’

MDA Encourages Farmers to Take Survey on Alleged Dicamba Damage

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is gathering information on plant damage that may have been caused by the use of the herbicide dicamba. The MDA is encouraging anyone with damage to complete a survey. The survey will be open until September 15. Continue reading ‘MDA Encourages Farmers to Take Survey on Alleged Dicamba Damage’

Goat 2019 Study by USDA National Animal Health Monitoring System

The USDA’s National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS) is in the development stage of its upcoming Goat 2019 study. This study will provide important information about management practices used on U.S. goat operations and will take an in-depth look at the most pressing health issues facing the U.S. goat industry. Stakeholders are invited to provide input by September 8, 2017. Continue reading ‘Goat 2019 Study by USDA National Animal Health Monitoring System’

APHIS Seeks Comments on Draft Pest Risk Assessment for Dormant Live Apple (Malus spp.) Cuttings from Belgium, France, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands

The Pacific Northwest fruit tree industry has asked APHIS to remove dormant live apple (Malus spp.) cuttings from the Not Authorized Pending Pest Risk Analysis (NAPPRA) list. The PRA is available for public review and comment until August 30, 2017. Continue reading ‘APHIS Seeks Comments on Draft Pest Risk Assessment for Dormant Live Apple (Malus spp.) Cuttings from Belgium, France, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands’


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