Veneman Announces ARS Administrator, Associates
Agriculture Ann M. Veneman announced
?Ed Knipling has provided valuable experience in leading ARS in an acting position,? said Veneman. ?We appreciate his continued willingness to serve in this leadership position.?
Knipling is responsible for managing USDA?s main in-house scientific research agency with more than 2,100 scientists and 8,000 total employees in more than 100 locations. He has served as acting administrator since December 2001, although he has worked at ARS in a variety of capacities since 1968.
?ARS?s programs are very important to the sheep industry,? stated American Sheep Industry Association Deputy Director of Policy Paul Rodgers. ?Drs. Knipling, Betschart and Rexroad have all been involved with our industry issues in the past, and we look forward to working with them in their new roles.?
Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman announced July 16, 2004, that the county committee election process has begun, and that America?s farmers, ranchers and other agricultural producers are urged to nominate local producers to serve on U.S. Department of Agriculture?s Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Committees.
?County committees play an important role in the local implementation and oversight of FSA programs,? stated Veneman. ?We urge all producers to participate in local elections.?
Any agricultural producer who resides within the local administrative area from which a member of his or her county committee is being elected, or who is participating or cooperating in an FSA program, may become a nominee.
Individuals may nominate others or themselves as a candidate. Candidates may also be nominated by community-based organizations in the county or area.
Important county committee election dates are: Sept. 3 - nomination process ends; Oct. 1 - registration for mail-in ballot ends; Dec. 6 - deadline to return ballots; and Jan. 1 - committee members take office.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture?s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) has posted to the Internet county profiles from the 2002 Census of Agriculture.
The county profiles provide a more in-depth analysis of the ?story of agriculture? by providing more state and county information. From the number of farms, to economic and operator characteristics, the Web site provides detailed information as well as comparisons to the 1997 Census of Agriculture.
To find the information online, go to www.nass.usda.gov/census, then click on ?Profiles: State and County? under the Specialty Products section.
The U.S. House
of Representatives passed
The House members defeated by an overwhelming margin of 347 to 72 an amendment presented by Reps. Steve Chabot (R-OH) and Ed Royce (R-CA) that would have eliminated funding for the U.S. Department of Agriculture?s Market Access Program (MAP).
MAP funding is
used to create overseas export opportunities for American agriculture. The
American Sheep Industry Association utilizes MAP funding for the cost-sharing of
overseas marketing and promotional activities for
Hogget Dressed as Lamb?
What might pass
as a lamb in
Unsurprisingly, some Australian lamb producers would like to change their country?s definition of lamb. Their argument? Dry conditions and a lack of soft grass in the fattening paddocks have caused many lambs to cut adult teeth sooner.
At the recent New South Wales Farmers
Association Annual Conference in
A representative of the Sheepmeat Council of