Following President Trump’s release of the administration’s budget request yesterday, Dr. Barbara P. Glenn, Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) issued the following statement:
“We are disappointed that many of the proposed cuts in the president’s budget request would negatively impact agriculture, particularly at a time when many in agriculture are facing a serious economic downturn. Agriculture made significant contributions to deficit reduction in the 2014 Farm Bill and we urge Congress and the administration to ensure the programs on which agriculture depends across the federal government—from USDA, FDA, and even EPA—are adequately funded. Many of the priority areas NASDA hopes Congress will advance in the next Farm Bill would be completely eliminated by the President’s proposal. The Market Access Program (MAP) and the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) are just two examples of this. MAP expands access to the global marketplace to not only farmers and ranchers, but small, family-owned businesses while the SCBGP provides critical research, education, and promotion tools to the fruit and vegetable community.
“We are also disappointed in the president’s proposed cuts and addition of user fees to funding for implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Safe food is a matter of national security. The programs needed to implement FSMA must be fully funded, or states will be left with significant unfunded mandates. We are committed to working with Congress and the administration to ensure these important programs for agriculture and rural America are funded.”
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.