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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Comments on EPA's draft policy on controlling hypoxia, September 7, 2000 - September 15, 2000

September 7, 2000 Mississippi River /Gulf of Mexico Action Plan (4503F)C/o U.S. Environmental Protection Agency1200 Pennsylvania Avenue  N.W.Washington, DC 20460The undersigned agricultural organizations submit these comments regarding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Draft Action Plan for Reducing, Mitigating and Controlling Hypoxia in the Northern Gulf of Mexico. We…

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Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) - January 14, 2000

 January 20, 2000 Comment Clerk for the TMDL Program RuleWater Docket W-98-31Environmental Protection Agency401 M Street, S.W.Washington, D.C. 20460Re: Comments on Proposed Revisions to the Water Quality Planning and Management Regulations (64 FR 46012) regarding Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs).The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) respectfully submits…

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NASDA's comments on the administration's Integrated Assessment of Hypoxia in the Gulf of Mexico - December 31, 1999

 December 20, 1999 Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia Working GroupNational Oceanic and Atmospheric AdministrationNational Centers for Coastal Ocean ScienceRoom 91271305 East-West HighwaySilver Spring, MD  20910RE:  Comments on the Integrated Assessment of Hypoxia In the northern Gulf of Mexico            The undersigned agricultural organizations submit these comments on issues…

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Interstate Shipment of State-Inspected Meat and Poultry Products Letter of Transmittal, November 2, 1999

Interstate Shipment of State-Inspected Meat and Poultry Products Letter of Transmittal, November 2, 1999 The Honorable Albert Gore, Jr., President United States Senate The Capitol Washington, D.C. 20510Dear Mr. President:I am transmitting by this letter a draft bill "To reform the State inspection of meat and poultry in the United States, and for other purposes," for the Congress’…

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2005-10-13 Letter Requesting Meeting to Discuss Interstate Meat Shipment

 October 13,  2005Dr. Richard Raymond Under Secretary for Food Safety U.S. Department of Agriculture 14th Street & Independence Avenue, S.W. Washington, D.C. 20250Dear Dr. Raymond:Congratulations on your recent confirmation.We value our state-federal partnership and our long history of working together to build a food safety system that is effective, practical, and credible–for…

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Letter Requesting Status on Report to Congress Reviewing State Meat and Poultry Inspection Programs

 March 9, 2005 Honorable Mike Johanns, Secretary U.S. Department of Agriculture 14th Street & Independence Avenue, S.W. Washington, D.C. 20250Dear Mr. Secretary:The 2002 Farm Bill includes language directing USDA to conduct a comprehensive review of state meat and poultry inspection programs and to provide a report to Congress on these activities by the Food Safety Inspection Service…

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2002-12-22 Interstate shipment of state-inspected meat.

March 22, 2002 Honorable Larry Combest, Chairman House Agriculture Committee 1300 Longworth House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515Dear Mr. Chairman:I am writing on behalf of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) regarding provisions on interstate meat shipment that are under consideration by the House/Senate farm bill conference committee.As you are…

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2000-09-19 S. 1988, the New Markets for State-Inspected Meat Act

September 19, 2000Honorable Richard Lugar, Chairman Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee 328-A Russell Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515Dear Mr. Chairman:On behalf of the commissioners, secretaries, and directors of the departments of agriculture in the fifty states and four territories, I am writing to reiterate our strong support for S. 1988, the New Markets…