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NASDA Testimony to the Section 301 Committee Public Hearing on China’s Acts, Policies, and Practices Related to Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, and Innovation

Statement of InterestThe National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) appreciates the opportunity to provide the following comments regarding the request for public comment concerning the proposed determination of action pursuant to “Section 301: China’s Acts, Policies, and Practices Related to Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, and Innovation.” While…

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Letter Supporting the Hemp Farming Act of 2018

Leader McConnell and Representative Comer,  On behalf of the nation’s Commissioners, Secretaries, and Directors of Agriculture, I am pleased to write in support of your leadership in introducing the Hemp Farming Act of 2018 (S. 2667/H.R. 5485). This bill addresses numerous issues hindering the success of industrial hemp pilot programs allowed under the 2014 Farm Bill.   NASDA…

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Coalition Letter to Senate Environment & Public Works Leadership Supporting the ACRE Act

Dear Chairman Barrasso and Ranking Member Carper,On behalf of the undersigned organizations, we would like to convey our support for critical provisions within the Agriculture Creates Real Employment “ACRE” Act, relating to duplicative environmental permitting under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES). This vital measure affects our nation’s farmers and…

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Letter to Ambassador Gregg Doud Highlighting NASDA's Trade Priorities

Ambassador Doud: On behalf of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA), congratulations on your new position as the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR)’s Chief Agricultural Negotiator. We look forward to working with you in this important role to advance agriculture.  State departments of agriculture are responsible for a wide range of programs…

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NASDA Letter Supporting Introduction of the Century Farms Act of 2017

The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture commends you for your introduction of the S. 1805, the Century Farms Act of 2017. NASDA believes it is important to recognize the contributions of those families who have provided food and fiber for all in good stewardship, while weathering numerous obstacles over the past one hundred years or more to continuously own and…

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Letter to Congressional Appropriators Calling for Support of the Agricultural Research Service in FY 2019

The undersigned members of the Friends of the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Coalition write to express our vehement support for ARS research and ask that Congress provide $1.35 billion in discretionary funding for ARS in fiscal year (FY) 2019 and reject the administration’s proposed funding cuts that would result in the elimination of 20 ARS facilities across the country.The ARS…

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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…

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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…