The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) has been selected to participate in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and Rural Council initiative, America the Bountiful. The initiative highlights partnerships between federal agencies, state agriculture departments, non-profits, and other private-sector stakeholders to meet the growing demand for a skilled, diverse workforce in the rapidly evolving agricultural landscape.
NASDA’s commitment to the America the Bountiful initiative is to expand and diversify our NASDA’s Next Generation Program (NNG). The objective of NNG is to advance understanding by future leaders in agriculture, food, and natural resource industries of the roles of the state departments of agriculture in agricultural policy development, communication, and promotion of agriculture. Through the generous support of CHS, Inc., NASDA was able to expand the reach of NNG from one university to seven and provide the opportunity for 11 students to be embedded in the 2016 NASDA Annual Meeting.
“We are glad to be involved in the collaborative effort behind the ‘America the Bountiful Initiative.’ NASDA’s Next Generation Program aims to reach as many students as possible who are passionate about agriculture and public service careers. We are pleased to be actively recruiting our next generation of NASDA Members,” said NASDA CEO, Dr. Barb Glenn.
NASDA is a nonpartisan, nonprofit association which represents the elected and appointed commissioners, secretaries, and directors of the departments of agriculture in all fifty states and four U.S. territories. To learn more about NASDA, please visit www.nasda.org.