Letters, Comments & Testimony

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Coalition Comments on FDA's Agricultural Biotechnology Education and Outreach Initiative

To whom it may concern:The undersigned organizations appreciate this opportunity to provide comments to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on the proposed Agricultural Biotechnology Education and Outreach Initiative (FDA-2017-N-5991). Our organizations represent the entire value-chain in the food system and ensure that the United States continues to be the world leader in providing…

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Coalition Letter to House & Senate Appropriators on Provisions Undermining the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard Act

Dear Senators Cochran and Leahy and Representatives Frelinghuysen and Lowey, As representatives of the U.S. food value chain, we urge you to reject any appropriations provision that could undermine or conflict with the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard Act (the Disclosure Act or the Act). Congress passed the Disclosure Act last year with overwhelming bipartisan support, and…

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Coalition Letter to Secretary Ross Calling for No Harm to NAFTA

Dear Secretary Ross: We are writing to respectfully share information relevant to your recent observation that there is “not a world oversupply of agricultural products” and that harm to American food and agriculture interests from a potential NAFTA withdrawal is an “empty threat.” We recognize that the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has not benefited some sectors…

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Letter to President Trump Calling for No Harm to NAFTA

Dear Mr. President:Members of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) and their counterparts from Mexico and Canada have just concluded a meeting of the 26th Tri-National Agricultural Accord.  The Tri-National Agricultural Accord represents a longstanding commitment among the senior state and provincial agricultural officials of Canada, the United States, and…

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NASDA Comments to USDA on Improving Customer Service

Dear Secretary Perdue:NASDA appreciates the opportunity to submit comments regarding your proposal on September 7, 2017 to take actions to strengthen customer service and improve efficiencies at USDA.NASDA represents the Commissioners, Secretaries, and Directors of the state departments of agriculture in all fifty states and four U.S. territories. State departments of agriculture are…

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Coalition Letter to Senate Finance Committee Supporting Gregg Doud as Chief Agricultural Negotiator at USTR

Dear Senator:The undersigned food and agricultural organizations and companies strongly support the confirmation of Gregg Doud as Chief Agricultural Negotiator in the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR).The position of Chief Agricultural Negotiator with the rank of ambassador was created in 1997 by Congress for the express purpose of ensuring that U.S. agriculture is…

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Letter Supporting Advancement of the AG Act

Dear Chairman Goodlatte,                                     The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) applauds the committee for focusing on the critical need for labor facing U.S. agriculture. We encourage the Judiciary Committee to advance the AG Act as a crucial step forward in addressing this labor crisis. The…

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NASDA Comments on EPA's Proposed Rule: Definition of "Waters of the United States" - Recodification of Pre-existing Rules

Dear Ms. Downing,Below are comments from the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers (collectively as “the agencies”) proposed repeal of the 2015 Clean Water Rule and recodification of pre-existing rules. NASDA strongly supports repealing the 2015 rule as it impedes state…

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Coalition Letter to Congress Calling for Support of the Bipartisan Long-Costa Amendment

Support the Bipartisan Long-Costa Amendment Clarify that Family Farms are NOT Hazardous Waste Sites Uphold a Policy Backed by Obama and Bush AdministrationsSeptember 7, 2017Dear Representative:The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) was enacted to provide for cleanup of the worst industrial chemical toxic waste dumps and spills, such as oil…