The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture is comprised of the departments of agriculture in all fifty states and the territories of American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The commissioner, secretary, or director of each department is the designated representative of the state to participate in NASDA activities. Twelve of our members are statewide elected officials. All others are appointed by their governors or, in one case, achieved their position through career promotions in public service.
NASDA Members are coregulators with the federal government on a host of responsibilities including animal health, farmland protection, food safety, grain regulation, pesticide registration, and more. NASDA Members are also key leaders in the promotion of agriculture and food products in the global marketplace.