Cooperative Federalism

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NASDA calls for a renewed commitment to Cooperative Federalism—a robust partnership and role for states in federal policymaking—to ensure agriculture’s economic stability while guaranteeing safe and accessible food. Effective federal-state partnerships are needed now more than ever.

States Are More than Stakeholders
NASDA's unique voice at the nexus between the states and the federal government is critical to food and agriculture policy. As both co-regulators and promoters of agriculture with the federal government, NASDA Members are not simply stakeholders.

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Coalition Letter to House and Senate Leadership on Amendments to ADUFA which Undermine the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard Act

Dear Chairman Alexander, Ranking Member Murray, Chairman Walden, and Ranking Member Pallone,As representatives of the U.S. food value chain, we urge you to reject any amendments to the reauthorization of the Animal Drug User Fee Act (ADUFA) that could undermine or conflict with the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard Act (the Disclosure Act or the Act). Congress passed the…


Letter to House and Senate Agriculture and Appropriations Leadership Supporting USDA Wildlife Services

Wildlife causes more than $12.8 billion in damage each year to natural resources, public infrastructures, private property and agriculture. USDA Wildlife Services (WS) works to prevent, minimize or manage this damage and to protect human health and safety from conflicts with wildlife. Wildlife damage to U.S. livestock, aquaculture, small grains, fruits, vegetables and other agricultural…


Coalition Letter to Senate Leadership Calling for Swift Action on PRIA

Dear Leaders McConnell and Schumer and Chairman Roberts and Ranking Member Stabenow:On behalf of farmers, lawn care and pest control professionals, public health officials, golf course superintendents, invasive species managers, pesticide registrants and others, we urge you to promptly pass legislation (HR 1029) to reauthorize the Pesticide Registration Improvement Act (PRIA). Failure to…


Coalition Letter to House and Senate Ag Committee Leadership Calling for a Fully Funded FINI Program in the Next Farm Bill

The undersigned national agriculture, nutrition, hunger, and public health organizations urge you to continue to fully fund the Food Insecurity and Nutrition Incentive (FINI) Program in the next Farm Bill. Our organizations are committed to supporting opportunities and programs that provide increased market share for farmers while also providing greater access to fruits and vegetables for…


Coalition Letter Urging Prompt Confirmation of Gregg Doud as Chief Agricultural Negotiator

Dear Senator:The undersigned organizations and agri-business companies, which represent the diverse food and agricultural sector, urge prompt confirmation of the pending nominees for positions within the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR): Mr. Gregg Doud as Chief Agricultural Negotiator, the Honorable Dennis Shea, as Deputy USTR (Geneva) and Mr. C. J. Mahoney, as Deputy USTR…


Coalition Letter to House Ag Leadership on Inclusion of NPDES Fix in the Farm Bill

Dear Chairman Conaway and Ranking Member Peterson:On behalf of the undersigned organizations, we urge your support for inclusion of critical regulatory relief legislation, the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act (HR 953), in the 2018 Farm Bill. This vital measure, previously included in the House-passed version of the 2014 Farm Bill, is important for the protection of public health and our…


NASDA Comments on USDA's Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices Withdrawal

Mr. Lewis,The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) appreciates the opportunity to comment on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service’s (AMS) intent to withdraw the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices final rule.I. About NASDANASDA represents the Commissioners, Secretaries, and Directors of the state departments of…


Letter to the Honorable Ted McKinney EC. MRLs

Dear Mr. Secretary,Let me first congratulate you on your confirmation by the United States Senate. On behalf of all of your former colleagues within the NASDA family, we couldn’t be more proud to boast of you, Under Secretary Ibach, and Under Secretary designee Northey and your past affiliation as members of NASDA.I write to you today regarding an issue within the European Commission…