The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is announcing the implementation of a new United States Dairy Sanitary Certificate to China. Manufacturers that export dairy products to China will be required to obtain the new sanitary certificate, which will facilitate more efficient dairy trade between the U.S. and China and reduce the regulatory cost to exporters. The new certificate issued by the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) will become effective October 5, 2020.
On Sept. 28, 2020, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, through its Agricultural Marketing Service’s Livestock, Poultry, and Grain Market News Division (LPGMN), will publish a new National Quarterly Sod Report covering sod marketing information. The report will allow users to compare sod prices by species and region, adding transparency to the marketplace.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the appointment of five members to serve on the United Sorghum Checkoff Program Board. All five appointees will serve three-year terms starting December 2020 and ending December 2023.
Newly appointed members are:
- Klint G. Stewart, Columbus, Nebraska, At-Large Member
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the appointment of seven members to serve on the National Fluid Milk Processor Promotion Board. Six of the seven appointees will serve three-year terms, effective immediately, through June 30, 2023. The other appointee will serve the remaining two-year portion of a vacant position, effective immediately, and expiring June 30, 2022.
The newly appointed members are:
Monica Massey, Kansas City, Missouri (Region 2);
Docket Number: AMS–SC–20–0013
Comments Due: November 23, 2020
The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced that it is seeking comments on a proposal for a new national Pecan Promotion, Research and Information Order.
A 17-member board would administer the proposed order. The board would be responsible for carrying out activities including plans and projects regarding promotion, research, information and education to help maintain and expand markets for pecans.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is updating the procedures for the Instrument Enhanced Grading program for beef carcass grading as outlined in Quality Assessment Division (QAD) 511. These updated procedures, effective September 21, 2020, state the requirements for establishments that wish to use plant personnel to apply USDA’s Beef Grading Standards using approved instrument technology.