As part of the memorandum of understanding, NASDA Foundation and NASDA partner with MANRRS (Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences) to host the annual Agriculture Policy Summit, a conference that teaches college students about federal agriculture policy. Participants travel to Washington, D.C., to attend the NASDA Winter Policy Conference and spend a day at USDA learning about organizations and federal agencies that influence and administer agricultural policy.

This year the Agriculture Policy Summit will be held in Washington, D.C. from Feb. 13-16, 2022.

Agriculture Policy Summit Class of 2022

The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture and NASDA Foundation welcomes 21 students from Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) as a part of the Agriculture Policy Summit to the 2022 Winter Policy Conference. The students represent 14 different universities across the nation.

“The Agriculture Policy Summit gives minority college students an opportunity to learn about agricultural policy and careers in public service as well as opportunities in the federal and industry sectors of agriculture,” McKinney said. “If we invest in building foundations for students to be successful in the workforce, specifically within agricultural policy, we will ensure the future of agriculture will continue to be resilient.”

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“We are excited to partner with MANRRS to bring the next generation of leaders to Washington, D.C. to continue to grow diversity in agricultural government affairs. This is a great opportunity for students to meet the agriculture leaders in their state and learn about a whole host of careers at state departments of agriculture that they might not have considered before.”

Elizabeth Rowland, NASDA Executive Director

Want to get Involved?

Are you interested in participating in the 2023 Agriculture Policy Summit? Please contact Maria Martinez.

In 2015 a student program initiative named NASDA’s Next Generation (NNG) was created with the purpose being to give college students the opportunity to engage with commissioners, secretaries, and directors of state departments of agriculture, who promote and regulate agriculture in their state. The goal of NNG is to educate college students about our mission through hands-on participation in NASDA’s annual meeting. Since its inception, over 60 students from all across the country have participated in the program and have gained a better understanding of agricultural public policy and current issues in food and agriculture.

NASDA’s Next Generation Class of 2021

The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture and NASDA Foundation welcomed NASDA’s Next Generation (NNG) Class of 2021 to the NASDA Annual Meeting. There were 15 students from eight universities represented in this year’s class.

“NASDA is proud to welcome these exceptional young leaders to this year’s annual meeting where our theme is ‘Redefining Agriculture.’ Their fresh perspective and exuberance are needed to redefine agriculture and our food system as our industry grows to meet the needs of new generations and a changing world,”

Dr. Barb Glenn, NASDA CEO

NASDA’s Next Generation Class of 2021

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Want to get Involved?

Are you interested in participating in or sponsoring the 2022 NASDA’s Next Generation class? Please contact Maria Martinez.

The NASDA Foundation kicked off the Farm2Food Accelerator in 2017 with the mission of equipping women farmers and food entrepreneurs to become more economically sustainable. The accelerator launched pilot projects for women in Oregon and Washington. It soon after expanded to Nevada and Florida. The NASDA Foundation now anticipates offering this program to 100 participants in California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Nevada and Vermont in 2023.

What is the Farm2food Accelerator?

This program is a 15-week online course that helps minority farmers and food entrepreneurs explore growing their food businesses. Participants receive training in product development, marketing and more.

Where Farm2Food Has Been

In the 2022 cohort, we “graduated” 50 women from FL, OR, NV & WA. Participants participated in both SIAL America in Las Vegas, NV and the Good Food Foundation Mercantile in Portland, OR.

100% of the participants reported being “highly satisfied” or “very satisfied” with the program and would recommend it to others. All of the participants felt as if their needs and goals were met as a result of participating in this program.

Where Farm2Food is Going

We are in the progress of doubling our program! With the support of the California Department of Food and Agriculture, we are working towards offering the program in both English and Spanish.

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I learned so much about other products in the market that are similar to mine and received invaluable feedback from the instructors.

Angela, WA

“Having knowledgeable consultants to answer my questions, keeping me on the right track, has been instrumental to me and my product. I also have made many new friends that encourage me to carry on, even when it seems like I hit a wall. This program is such a benefit, and I consider myself blessed to be a part of it.”

Rose, WA

Want to get Involved?

If you are interested in sponsoring the Farm2Food Accelerator program? Please contact Maria Martinez.

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As part of NASDA’s guiding principle towards farm’s FSMA compliance, “educate before you regulate,” a team comprised of NASDA, State, FDA, and Cooperative Extension food safety leaders developed the On Farm Readiness Review (OFRR). Designed to move farmers away from the audit checklist scheme, the OFRR is meant to foster a dialogue between the farmer and the regulator and/or educator about the requirements of the Produce Safety Rule.

On-farm Readiness Review Benefits

  • Voluntary: Farmers request on OFRR from their state department of agriculture and/or extension agent.
  • Conversation: Over the course of a couple hours, scheduled at the convenience of the farmer, the reviewer observes growing conditions, harvesting practices, packinghouse operations, water sources, and discusses common food safety touch-points.
  • Useful Assessment: At the end of the review, the assessor provides their top three suggestions for the farm to improve its food safety practices. Afterwards, the farmer is connected with educational materials and resources to assist with solutions to achieve compliance with FSMA.
  • Peace of Mind for the Grower: This program has been designed to also educate the farmer on the inspection process and provide a level of comfort with the new requirements imposed by FSMA.
  • Public Health Assurance: Beginning in the Spring of 2018, regulators and educators will be on farms advancing food safety within our food system using the On Farm Readiness Review model.
  • Confidential: Careful consideration has been given to protecting farm information from prying eyes unless an immediate threat to public health is detected.
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