National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) President and Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry Michael G. Strain stressed the need for cooperative federalism and the return of sound science in agriculture regulation at yesterday’s Farm Foundation Forum, “What’s in Store for Food and Agriculture Regulations?” Fellow panelists were Rebeckah Adcock, Regulatory Reform Officer and Senior Advisor to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, and Mark Scholl, President, J and M Scholl Inc., and Chairman of the Board of Farm Foundation.
Embracing sound science and enhancing the roles of states in the regulatory process were at the core of Commissioner Strain’s remarks.
“As co-regulators with the federal government, our roles are co-equal. Federal consultation must start early, and occur often in government regulation. As state regulatory officials, we are at the tip of the spear of farm regulation. States need greater flexibility in implementing federal programs to better accommodate the diversity of farms across our agricultural ecosystem. We have tremendous opportunities ahead of us to feed our growing population, but the rules guiding these opportunities must be based on sound science.”
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Image (L to R): Mark Scholl, President, J and M Scholl Inc.; Rebeckah Adcock, Regulatory Reform Officer and Senior Advisor to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue; NASDA President and Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture & Forestry Commissioner Michael G. Strain; and Constance Cullman, CEO, Farm Foundation