Promoting agriculture at home and abroad is a primary responsibility for state departments of agriculture. To that end, NASDA is actively engaged on matters related to domestic marketing and promotion programs, the competitiveness of specialty crops, international trade agreements, programs to assist in the expansion of international markets for U.S. agricultural products, harmonization of technical standards, inspection and regulatory programs, and programs to provide food aid.

To increase export opportunities for U.S. food, agriculture and forestry producers NASDA is asking Congress and the Administration to:

  • Leverage existing trade relationships and pursue and secure new agreements to increase market access and reduce non-tariff trade barriers
  • Fully fund trade promotion programs, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Market Access Program and Foreign Market Development program
  • Engage with global trade institutions, including the World Trade Organization and Codex Alimentarius Commission, to promote use of standard setting processes long adopted by the U.S. and the vast majority of agriculture and food producing countries of the world.

Committee of Jurisdiction: Marketing and International Trade

Commissioner Richard Ball, New York

Vice Chair:
Secretary Mike Beam, Kansas

NASDA Staff Contact:
RJ Karney

Matters within the jurisdiction of the Marketing & International Trade Committee shall include trade agreements, export promotion programs, state marketing programs, specialty crops, organics and the Tri-National Agricultural Accord.

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