Following the President’s release of the Administration’s budget request, NASDA CEO Dr. Barb Glenn issued the following statement:
“State departments of agriculture depend on a robust partnership with the federal government to achieve their missions. This year, the President’s budget delivers mixed results on programs important to NASDA members. Proposed investments in animal and plant health, market access and food safety traceability are appreciated. However, the proposed budget falls short of adequately funding essential programs for American agriculture and rural communities. If enacted, the topline cuts to the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency would negatively impact the agriculture community. Conservation and crop insurance programs would bear the brunt of the burden, undermining resilience for rural America. Closing the rural opportunity gap remains a top priority for policymakers, and we simply cannot support resilience for rural America without dedicating appropriate resources.
NASDA looks forward to working with Congress to fully fund federal programs under USDA, EPA, U.S. Food and Drug Administration and other agencies that support NASDA members and the farmers they represent.”
NASDA is a nonpartisan, nonprofit association which represents the elected and appointed commissioners, secretaries, and directors of the departments of agriculture in all fifty states and four U.S. territories. NASDA grows and enhances agriculture by forging partnerships and creating consensus to achieve sound policy outcomes between state departments of agriculture, the federal government, and stakeholders. Learn more about NASDA at www.nasda.org.