State Officials Stress Importance of 2018 Farm Bill

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Washington, DC

The National Governors Association (NGA), National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) and National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) released the following statement today on states’ priorities for the 2018 Farm Bill:

“Governors, legislators and chief state agricultural officials urge Congress to prioritize reauthorizing the Farm Bill before the current one expires in 2018.

Together we have long advocated for certainty and stability for America’s farmers and ranchers, who affect the economic stability and security of not just their communities, but the nation and even the world.

Congress plays a vital role in ensuring a bountiful agricultural economy, especially amid the farm industry’s current downturn. We ask you to provide these hard-working producers the tools they need to succeed.

Collectively we remain committed to a strong state-federal partnership that provides security for the people who feed and fuel America.”


Founded in 1908, the National Governors Association (NGA) is the collective voice of the nation’s governors and one of Washington, D.C.’s most respected public policy organizations. Its members are the governors of the 55 states, territories and commonwealths. NGA provides governors and their senior staff members with services that range from representing states on Capitol Hill and before the Administration on key federal issues to developing and implementing innovative solutions to public policy challenges through the NGA Center for Best Practices. For more information, visit

NCSL is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the states, commonwealths and territories. It provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues and is an effective and respected advocate for the interests of the states in the American federal system.

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. 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. To learn more about NASDA, please visit

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