Letters, Comments & Testimony

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Opposing the National Uniformity for Food Act of 2003

 September 27, 2004Members of the House Energy and Commerce CommitteeDear Member of Congress:The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) reiterates its strong opposition to the National Uniformity for the Food Act of 2003 (H.R. 2699).  NASDA represents the commissioners, secretaries and directors of the state departments of agriculture in the fifty states and…

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Letter concerning NASDA's strong opposition to H.R. 4167, the National Uniformity for Foods Act

 February 27, 2006Members of the House of RepresentativesDear Member of Congress:The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) is writing to reiterate our concern and strong opposition to H.R. 4167, the National Uniformity for Foods Act. NASDA represents the commissioners, secretaries and directors of the state departments of agriculture in the fifty states and…

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Cut in federal matching funds will have a devastating impact on state inspection programs

 April 14, 2006Dr. Richard Raymond Under Secretary for Food Safety U.S. Department of Agriculture 14th Street & Independence Avenue, S.W. Washington, D.C. 20250Dear Dr. Raymond:I am writing on behalf of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) to request your immediate attention on a serious situation about funding for the Food Safety Inspection Service’s…

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2006-05-01 Assistance to Stop the Sudden and Unexpected Reduction in Federal Matching Funds Which Will Have a Devastating Impact on State Inspection Programs

May 1, 2006 Honorable Mike Johanns, Secretary U.S. Department of Agriculture 14th Street & Independence Avenue, S.W. Washington, D.C. 20250Honorable Jerry Lewis, Chairman House Appropriations Committee H-218, The Capitol Washington, D.C. 20515Honorable Thad Cochran, Chairman Senate Appropriations Committee S-218, The Capitol Washington, D.C. 20510Dear Mr. Secretary, Chairman Lewis and…

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2003-10-29 S. 1645 and H.R. 3142

October 29, 2003 via faxHonorable Thad Cochran, Chair Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee United States Senate Washington, D.C. 20510Dear Senator Cochran:During recent weeks, comprehensive agricultural guest worker and immigration reform legislation was introduced (S. 1645 and H.R. 3142). This legislation has been shaped by several years of legislative effort and…

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2005-04-11 Support for S. 359, The Agricultural Job Opportunity, Benefits, and Security Act of 2005

April 11, 2005Dear Senator:The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) urges you to support enactment of S.359, the Agricultural Job Opportunity, Benefits, and Security Act of 2005, or AgJOBS.  This bill is sponsored by Senators Larry Craig (R-Idaho) and Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) with 44 cosponsors.  This landmark bipartisan legislation would achieve historic…

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NASDA Urges Senate to Approve S. 2611: AgJOBS

September 28, 2006Members of the U.S. SenateDear Senator:The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) urges you to approve an amendment that may be brought forth during the upcoming consideration of border security legislation.  The amendment would include specifically the agricultural provisions of S. 2611, the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2006 (known…

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2004-09-13 Continuation of Critical PPQ Funding for FY05

 September 13, 2004The Honorable Ted Stevens Chairman, Committee on Appropriations The United States Senate Hart Office Building, Room 522 Washington, DC 20510Dear Senator Stevens:RE: Agricultural Appropriations IssuesThe National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA), representing the commissioners, secretaries, and directors of agriculture in the fifty states and…

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2001-03-15 Letter to Congress requesting increased funding for research diagnostics facilities

 March 15, 2001Dear Member of Congress:The Federal Agricultural Improvement and Reform (FAIR) Act (the 1996 Farm Bill) began the process of fundamental change in agriculture. The seven-year phase out of commodity programs which the legislation initiated, emphasizes the need for greater global competitiveness in agriculture. This increases the demand for sound, progressive agricultural…