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NASDA Comment Period Extension Request on EPA's Draft Ecological Risk Assessments: Atrazine, Simazine, and Propazine Registration Review

The  National  Association  of  State  Departments  of  Agriculture  (NASDA)  respectfully  requests  an extension to the comment period of at least sixty (60) days to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) draft ecological risk assessments for the registration review of atrazine, propazine, and simazine.NASDA represents the…

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NASDA Letter to House Leadership Calling for Swift Passage of S. 764 - a National GMO Labeling Solution

Dear Speaker Ryan, Minority Leader Pelosi, Majority Leader McCarthy, and Minority Whip Hoyer,On behalf of the Commissioners, Secretaries, and Directors of Agriculture from across the nation, urges the House to swiftly pass S. 764, a bipartisan solution for the disclosure of genetically engineered ingredients that avoids the economic costs associated with a patchwork of state laws that…

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NASDA Comments on USDA's Proposed Rule for Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices

The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) is pleased to submit the following comments on the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) proposed amendments to the National Organic Program’s Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices, which would add new provisions for livestock handling and slaughter, avian living…

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Coalition Letter Urging Leader McConnell, Minority Leader Reid to Pass GMO Labeling Compromise

Dear Majority Leader McConnell and Minority Leader Reid,We, the undersigned organizations, represent all segments of the U.S. food chain—producers, cooperatives, agribusinesses, processors, seed makers, handlers, food and feed manufacturers, restaurants, lenders, and retailers. It is vitally important for the Senate to call up and pass the legislation drafted by Chairman Roberts and…

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NASDA Letter to USDA on Proposed Changes to Organic Cost Share Programs

Deputy Secretary Scuse,NASDA is concerned with proposed changes to the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Organic Certification Cost Share Programs (OCCSP). NASDA learned informally through outside stakeholders on April 25, 2016 that USDA was proposing to move the OCCSP from AMS to the Farm Service Agency (FSA). Prior to this date, no outreach had been made to NASDA or state…

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NASDA Comments on EPA's Proposed Registration Decision for Sulfoxaflor

The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) submits the following comments on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed registration decision for sulfoxaflor (docket number EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0889).About NASDANASDA represents the Commissioners, Secretaries, and Directors of the state departments of agriculture in all fifty states and four U.S.…

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NASDA Comments on Proposed Revisions to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service Mitigation Policy

The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) appreciates the opportunity to submit the following comments to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) on the Service’s proposed rule changes to their wildlife mitigation policy.NASDA represents the Commissioners, Secretaries, and Directors of the state departments of agriculture in all fifty states and four…

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NASDA Comments on EPA's Farm, Ranch, and Rural Community Committee Meeting

The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) appreciated the opportunity to provide oral comments during the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Farm, Ranch, and Rural Community Committee (FRRCC) meeting on May 26, 2016.  Per the request of the FRRCC’s Designated Federal Officer (DFO), NASDA submits the following overview of those oral comments for…

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NASDA Comments on EPA's Registration Review on New Uses for Herbicide-Tolerant Cotton and Soybean

The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) submits the following comments on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) registration review for new uses on Herbicide-tolerant cotton and soybeans (docket number EPA-HQ-OPP-2016-0187).About NASDANASDA represents the Commissioners, Secretaries, and Directors of the state departments of agriculture in all…