Ibach says the organization is involved in a host of major concerns facing farmers and ranchers.
“A lot of the issues that we deal with are trying to figure out what the Food Safety Modernization Act means to agriculture and whether or not FDA is going to be able to have funding to support their expectations of the state,” Ibach says. “We look at EPA and how they’re dealing with the Waters of the U.S. rule and the Renewable Fuels Standard.”
Ibach says the Food Safety Modernization Act could have a significant effect on agriculture, depending on how it will be funded.
“It has an impact in the feed realm and some of our distillers grains and products like that could be impacted,” he says. “Right now, Congress has passed the law but they haven’t included funding to FDA.”
Ibach says another major issue NASDA’s been involved with is helping producers deal with the bird flu outbreak earlier this year and in preparing to deal with more potential outbreaks this fall.
“NASDA has hosted a lot of discussions between state vets and departments of ag on avian influenza and other regulatory and disease-related issues that come up,” Ibach says, “whether it’s bird flu or BS or whatever is next on the horizon, we share information.”
This past year, Ibach served as vice president of NASDA. He was elected president at the group’s recent annual meeting in Hawaii.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton