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Registration for NCAE’s 2016 Ag Labor Forum is NOW OPEN!

2016 Ag Labor Forum Registration Announcement

Join 200 Agricultural agents, attorneys, growers, and other industry leaders for the 3rd Annual, 2016 Ag Labor Forum in Las Vegas, Nevada! The Forum will be held Wednesday November 30th and Thursday December 1st with optional/additional sessions on Friday December 2nd. Early Bird Price for the Wednesday and Thursday of the Forum is $235 (Will increase to $250 after September 30th). Early Bird Price for an Optional Friday Session is $110 (Will increase to $125 after September 30th).

Check out this year’s AGENDA and REGISTER NOW

If you have trouble registering through the Google Form you can always register directly with Meghan. Don’t forget to make your Hotel Reservations at the Doubletree Tropicana ($85/night).  Sponsorship opportunities are still available for this event! Contact Meghan or Frank at 202-629-9320 if you are interested!

FMCSA Portal Requirement for Interstate Motor Carriers and Agricultural Drone Policy

Jake Oatess, NCAE’s Summer Intern, has been working on many things for NCAE including: formulating a database of lobbyists in the DC area that work in the Agricultural Industry, writing position papers, and representing NCAE at industry meetings. Most recently, Jake did a write-up on a new requirement for all interstate motor carriers – classified as any large truck or bus that travels between two or more states to conduct business. This new requirement includes register for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) new online portal. Jake was able to find some more information and write-up guidelines. For more information, find his work here: FMCSA Portal Requirement.

Another write-up Jake recently completed focused on the pros and cons of drone use in the agricultural industry.  This exciting technology is increasingly being utilized by farmers around the United States to help aerially survey crops, receive real-time updates on crop problems like pest issues, irrigation issues, and soil variation as well as highlight the differences between thriving and distressed crops.  He also touches on many of the negatives that come with drone usage in agriculture.  You can find his work covering the subject here: Agricultural Drone Use

National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety Grants deadline is August 17, 2016

Grants available for enhancing the safety and health of children in agricultural settings including on the farm, in agro-tourism, and others.  These grants just announced by the National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety are for up to $20,000. The deadline for application is August 17, 2016.  This flyer provides additional information but feel free to communicate directly with (NCCRAHS) for more details.  With the number of NCAE Members who have, or are becoming, agro-tourism sites, perhaps one of you has an idea that is “grant-worthy.”