|Trump Nominates Sonny Perdue for Agriculture Secretary
President-elect Donald Trump is nominating former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue as the next Secretary of Agriculture, according to Trump’s incoming press secretary. Perdue is an original member of Trump’s Agricultural Advisory Committee. He grew up on a row crop farm in central Georgia and, following his stint as Governor, started an Atlanta-based export facilitation venture. Perdue was first seen meeting with the President-elect more than 50 days ago in New York.
Senate EPW Committee Questions Trump EPA Nominee Scott Pruitt
The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee conducted a confirmation hearing on Wed., Jan. 18 for President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt. In his testimony, Pruitt called for a threefold strategy: rule of law, cooperative federalism, and public participation. In remarks, he said the EPA must be committed to using the agency’s expertise on environmental issues, not to end run Congress. National Sorghum Producers joined more than 30 agriculture and associated organizations in supporting Pruitt’s nomination in a letter this week.
NSP Submits Comments on Chlorpyrifos
National Sorghum Producers called for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to reject the proposed cancellation of chlorpyrifos in comments submitted on Jan. 17, 2017. The EPA’s emphasis on a few epidemiological papers and an unrefined water model represent a significant departure from decades of practice and has the potential to irrevocably impact American farmers’ ability to produce abundant food safely. NSP requested the agency use the best and most sound science to evaluate and decide on this important crop protection tool. Read NSP’s full comments here.
Mississippi Receives First Section 18 Exemption for Sulfoxaflor for 2017
Mississippi farmers received the first Section 18 emergency use exemption for the use sulfoxaflor, the active ingredient in Transform WG, on grain sorghum and cotton for the 2017 growing season. These exemptions give farmers more options to treat pests including the sugarcane aphid. Visit sorghumcheckoff.com for more information.
K-State Announces Opening for GSFI Coordinator
The Global Food Systems Initiative at Kansas State University announced the opening of a search for a full-time coordinator to develop, plan, coordinate and implement GFSI activities. The GFSI was created to accelerate new research and teaching opportunities for K-State faculty, staff and students in addressing the growing technological, educational and human resource needs of the global food system. Find the full position announcement and application details here.
Sorghum in the Spotlight:
Upcoming Sorghum Events
Jan. 24-25 No-Till on the Plains, Salina, Kansas
Jan. 25 Nebraska Grain Sorghum Producers – 2017 Sorghum Symposium, North Platte Nebraska
Jan. 26 Nebraska Grain Sorghum Producers – 2017 Sorghum Symposium, Grand Island, Nebraska
Jan. 30-Feb. 2 NSP DC Fly-In/Leadership Sorghum, Washington, DC
Jan. 31 2017 K-State Sorghum School, Colby, Kansas
Feb. 1 2017 K-State Sorghum School, Wichita, Kansas
Feb. 2 2017 K-State Sorghum School, Concordia, Kansas
Feb. 3 2017 K-State Sorghum School, Iola, Kansas
Feb. 8 Kansas Commodity Classic, Manhattan, Kansas
Feb.23-24 Agricultural Outlook Forum, Arlington, Virginia
For a full view of calendar events, visit the NSP website calendar.
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