Today during the hybrid 2021 National Association of State Departments of Agriculture Annual Meeting, NASDA members voted to support the free flow of interstate trade and reiterated the importance of states’ ability to create regulations that best suit their particular needs.
NASDA CEO Dr. Barb Glenn commented on the organization’s policy:
“State departments of agriculture are strongest when they can develop regulations and markets based on their state’s unique conditions. However, to ensure all our states’ agricultural industries thrive, individual states must not impede on each other’s access to interstate commerce,” Glenn said.
NASDA’s amended policy now states, “NASDA supports the rights of state governments to establish statutes, regulations or policies regarding the production or manufacture of agriculture products within those states, as those products are defined in Section 207 of the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946. These statutes, regulations or policies must be constructed in such a way as to allow for the free flow of interstate trade that is afforded by the Commerce Clause of the Constitution of the United States of America.”
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 grows and enhances American agriculture through policy, partnerships and public engagement. To learn more about NASDA, please visit www.nasda.org.