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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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NASDA Comments on FDA Draft Guidance for Industry on the Declaration of Added Sugars on Honey, Maple Syrup, and Certain Cranberry Products

To whom it may concern: The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) appreciates the opportunity to comment on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Draft Guidance for Industry on the Declaration of Added Sugars on Honey, Maple Syrup, and Certain Cranberry Products. NASDA is concerned with requirements under this Guidance that impact Honey and Maple Syrup…


Letter to Senator Barrasso on Endangered Species Act Reform

Dear Chairman Barrasso, The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) thanks you for your leadership in advancing meaningful reforms to the Endangered Species Act (ESA). This legislative package presents an opportunity to elevate the state voice in the important work of protecting endangered species. NASDA supports the efforts to modernize the ESA and advance a…


NASDA Comments on EPA's Experimental Use Permit Application from Oxitec Ltd to Test OX513A Aedes aegypti mosquitoes

To Whom It May Concern:The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) appreciates the opportunity to submit the following comments on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Pesticide notice concerning receipt of an application, 93167-EUP-R, from Oxitec Ltd. requesting an experimental use permit for the OX513A Aedes aegypti mosquitoes expressing…


NASDA Letter to Senate Ag and House Education & Workforce Leadership on Child Nutrition Priorities

Dear Chairman Roberts, Ranking Member Stabenow, Chairman Foxx, and Ranking Member Scott,The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) writes to highlight areas of needed investment and program improvement for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s child nutrition and farm to school grant programs.NASDA represents the Commissioners, Secretaries, and Directors…


Animal Agriculture Coalition to House Ag Committee on 2018 Farm Bill Recommendations

Members of the Animal Agriculture Coalition have been made aware of progress within the House Committee on Agriculture to pass a new bipartisan five-year Farm Bill. We are particularly encouraged that the Committee appears poised to accede to our request to prioritize funding for animal health programs for our nation’s aquaculture, livestock and poultry producers. An outbreak of a…


Coalition Letter Opposing Harmful Amendments to the House Farm Bill

Dear Congressman:The undersigned organizations write to urge your strong opposition to amendments that could critically hurt farm families during House floor consideration of the farm bill.Net farm income has fallen by 52 percent in recent years, the steepest decline since the Great Depression. Today, rural America is suffering under an agriculture recession that is entering its fifth…


Coalition Letter to Chairman Conaway Supporting FIFRA Provisions of the House Farm Bill

Dear Chairman Conaway:We write to thank you for your leadership on a number of Farm Bill provisions regarding pesticide use, which are critical to the continued success of American agriculture and the public health and safety of all Americans. We represent a variety of public and private sector organizations including agriculture producer groups and suppliers, as well as non-agricultural…


Coalition Letter to House Appropriators in Support of Funding for Wildfire Risk Reduction and Protection Programs for USFS and DOI

Dear Chairman Calvert and Ranking Member McCollum:The undersigned organizations are writing to express our strong support for maintaining effectivefunding levels in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 appropriations process for essential wildfire riskreduction and protection programs at the USDA Forest Service (USFS) and the Department ofthe Interior (DOI). The important work accomplished through…


Coalition Letter to USTR Robert Lighthizer on International Trade

Dear Mr. Ambassador,We, the undersigned, are writing to thank you for the progress you and your team have made to date inadvancing a new NAFTA agreement with Canada and Mexico, and to express our appreciation for yourattention to the issues of importance to U.S. farm and agriculture interests, along with all the other keypriorities in the US / Canada / Mexico trade context. We strongly…