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Arlington, Virginia

National Association of State Departments of Agriculture CEO Ted McKinney released the following statement in response to the Biden Administration’s announcement that the USDA and the U.S. Agency for International Development will draw down the full balance of the Bill Emerson Humanitarian Trust to provide $670 million in food assistance to countries in need.

“NASDA applauds the Administration for stepping up to enhance food security around the globe. Today’s actions match the hearts of NASDA members and American farmers and ranchers who take pride in providing an ample food supply for our nation and the world.”


NASDA is a nonpartisan, nonprofit association which represents the elected and appointed commissioners, secretaries and directors of the departments of agriculture in all 50 states and four U.S. territories. NASDA enhances American food and agricultural communities through policy, partnerships and public engagement. To learn more about NASDA, please visit

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