Cooperative Federalism

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NASDA calls for a renewed commitment to Cooperative Federalism—a robust partnership and role for states in federal policymaking—to ensure agriculture’s economic stability while guaranteeing safe and accessible food. Effective federal-state partnerships are needed now more than ever.

States Are More than Stakeholders
NASDA's unique voice at the nexus between the states and the federal government is critical to food and agriculture policy. As both co-regulators and promoters of agriculture with the federal government, NASDA Members are not simply stakeholders.

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Governors, State Legislators and Agricultural Officials ask Congress to Prioritize Farm Bill in Lame Duck

Dear Leader McConnell, Speaker Ryan, Leader Schumer and Leader Pelosi:On behalf of our states’ governors, legislators and departments of agriculture, we strongly urge Congress to prioritize and pass a bipartisan Farm Bill before the end of the year.Across the country, agriculture and the industries it supports are vital to the health of state economies, contributing about $1 trillion to…


Agriculture and Science Support for International Statement on Agricultural Applications of Precision Biotechnology

The following organizations applaud the proactive, coordinated action by 13 countries, including the U.S., in signing onto the International Statement on Agricultural Applications of Precision Biotechnology. The statement reiterates an international commitment to the fair, science-based treatment of agricultural innovation like gene editing, around the world. We commend the governments…


Coalition Letter to Farm Bill Leadership About Foreign Market Development Program

The future economic well-being of American agriculture is closely tied to our competitiveness in the international marketplace. A key program to this success is the Foreign Market Development Program (FMD) which assists producers, processors, and exporters in developing new foreign markets and increasing market share in existing markets. The FMD program focuses on exporting generic U.S.…


Letter to State SNAP Directors on SNAP Processing at Farmers Markets

Dear State SNAP Directors,The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan 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…


NASDA Comments on U.S. - U.K. Trade Relations

The United States has strong social and cultural ties to the United Kingdom, which has been popularly known as the “special relationship.” This relationship between the two countries has been strengthened throughout the years through close economic collaboration and integration, reflected in the value of goods and services exchanged each year, and the agri-food sectors of each country…


Coalition Letter to House and Senate Committees on Agriculture Commending 2018 Farm Bill Leadership

Dear Chairmen Roberts and Conaway and Ranking Members Stabenow and Peterson:We are writing to commend your leadership on moving a farm bill forward in the 115th Congress. Notwithstanding the progress that you have made to date, it is imperative this bill is completed by the end of this year. We look forward to working with you to achieve this objective.As you well know, conditions for…


Coalition Letter to Senate and House Leadership Urging Completion, Consideration and Passage of 2018 Farm Bill

Dear Majority Leader McConnell, Senator Schumer, Speaker Ryan, and Minority Leader Pelosi:Our nation’s farmers have not enjoyed the economic recovery that many Americans have experienced the past five years. Low commodity prices, uncertainty in global markets, and erratic weather cycles have created a strain in our nation’s rural communities. We need to grow our rural economy by…


NASDA Letter to Senate Leadership in Support of America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018

Dear Majority Leader McConnell and Minority Leader Schumer, The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) thanks you for your continued bipartisan support of critical waterways infrastructure funding. We write in support of the “America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018” on behalf of the secretaries, commissioners and directors of agriculture and urge…