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NASDA Comments on EPA's Extension of the Certication of Pesticide Applicators Rule

The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) appreciates the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) providing a twelve-month extension to the implementation of the revised Certification of Pesticides Applicator rule.  NASDA strongly supports EPA’s decision, and NASDA requests EPA work with its state regulatory partners and the regulated community to revisit…


Coalition Letter to DHS Secretary John Kelly Urging Implementation of H-2B Cap Releif from FY 2017 Appropriations Bill

Dear Secretary Kelly: On behalf of seasonal businesses around the country, we urge you to promptly implement the H-2B cap relief provided in the Fiscal 2017 Consolidated Appropriations Act. Due to the time-sensitive nature of seasonal businesses, we encourage you to immediately re-open the H-2B petition process and adjudicate petitions with approved labor certifications. Without prompt…


NASDA Comments on EPA's Evaluation of Existing Regulations

The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) appreciates the opportunity to provide the following general comments on improving the regulatory process and the following specific comments on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) evaluation of existing regulations in accordance with Executive Order (EO) 13777, Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda.I.…


Coalition Letter to House and Senate Leadership Urging Prioritization of the Next Farm Bill

Dear Leader McConnell, Speaker Ryan, Leader Schumer and Leader Pelosi:On behalf of the nation’s governors, legislators and chief state agricultural officials, we urge Congress to make enacting the next Farm Bill a priority prior to the current bill’s expiration in 2018.As the chief executives, elected representatives and agriculture officials in our states, we have long advocated for…


Testimony of Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Gary W. Black to the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Public Hearing on Pesticide Registration under FIFRA: Providing Stakeholders with Certainty through PRIA

Chairman Roberts, Ranking Member Stabenow, and distinguished members of the Committee, thank you for the invitation to testify today on behalf of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) and the Georgia Department of Agriculture on the pesticide registration process. I appreciate the opportunity to share a state agency perspective on this important topic. My…


Coalition Letter Calling on Congress to Establish an Animal Pest and Disease Disaster Prevention and Response Program in the Next Farm Bill

Dear Chairman Roberts, Chairman Conaway, Ranking Member Stabenow, and Ranking Member Peterson:As you begin your work to pass a new bipartisan five-year Farm Bill, members of the Animal Agriculture Coalition (AAC), which is comprised of most major animal and animal related commodity organizations as well as allied organizations representing veterinary medicine, animal science, state…