The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)  is funding 46 state agriculture departments and one territory with a total of $32.5 million to help implement the Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule.

The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) was quick to salute the funding commitments.

“NASDA Members have a long history…

Forty-three states and territories are getting a total of $30.9 million from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to help the federal agency implement the Food Safety Modernization Act’s Produce Safety Rule.

“Congress envisioned the states and FDA working together as an integrated food safety system when it passed FSMA,” said Barbara P. Glenn, CEO…

President Trump may have proposed a “skinny budget” for most domestic spending, including food and agricultural program for the next fiscal year, but nobody is taking it seriously. Congress always reacts to presidential budgets with the same three words: “Dead on Arrival.”

For more serious guide posts, it’s always better to look at what the…

Before it wrapped up its meetings this week in Washington D.C., the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) agreed to priorities for the 2018 farm bill.

If that seems a little pre-mature, it’s not. Congressional leaders plan to get to work on the 2018 farm bill later this year. And food safety, specifically…

NASDA-FINAL_406x250Policy goals for 2017 are being set this week by one of the nation’s smallest, but most powerful agricultural groups. The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) is meeting for its Winter Policy Conference, which is expected to bring together about 200 state, federal and private sector ag leaders.

The gathering is occurring…

U.S. dairy organizations and the state departments of agriculture across the country turned to President-elect Donald Trump Wednesday to combat Canada’s existing and soon-to-be-expanded protectionist policies designed to block imports from the United States.

They say the policies are in direct violation of Canada’s trade commitments under the North American Free Trade Act (NAFTA) and…

Food safety is spread throughout various departments and programs in the federal budget and the document President Obama proposed Tuesday for fiscal 2017 is no different. The policy wonks who know how the federal budgeteers work go to one place when they want to know how food safety is doing in the budget. It’s the…

The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) wraps up its 2016 Winter Policy Conference today and the influential group is laying down some tracks others may have to follow. The 2016 NASDA conference is also celebrating 100 years of “advocating agriculture.” NASDA 100 years NASDA is player on food safety at both the national and state…

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus, and his name is Mike Taylor. Produce farmers and processors got an early Christmas present on Dec. 19 when Taylor, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine, made it official. The produce safety and preventive control rules to implement the Food Safety…

Assurance of safe, wholesome food is a responsibility of all of us in the food chain, whether producer, regulator or consumer. When a foodborne illness is identified, National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) members realize that the job of providing safe food to the American public isn’t done. In January 2011, historic legislation…