Following yesterday’s release of the White House’s Legislative Outline for Rebuilding Infrastructure in America, National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) CEO Dr. Barbara P. Glenn issued the following statement:
“Modernized infrastructure is necessary for transporting agriculture goods to market and keeping farmers and ranchers in business. Infrastructure improvements, including broadband expansion, are areas that can benefit from an effective state-federal partnership. We appreciate the Administration’s focus on the infrastructure needs of rural America and we look forward to working with Congress and the Administration to execute a meaningful infrastructure package that gives rural Americans the infrastructure they deserve.”
NASDA Members recently passed action items on infrastructure and rural broadband. Montana Director of Agriculture Ben Thomas, who serves as Vice Chair of NASDA’s Rural Development and Financial Security Committee, sponsored an action item calling for Congress and the Administration to invest in broadband infrastructure and expand broadband service to rural Americans. Missouri Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn sponsored an action item calling for a fully funded infrastructure package by Congress and the Administration.
NASDA represents the elected and appointed commissioners, secretaries, and directors of the departments of agriculture in all fifty states and four U.S. territories. NASDA grows and enhances agriculture by forging partnerships and creating consensus to achieve sound policy outcomes between state departments of agriculture, the federal government, and stakeholders.