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Agriculture and Rural Development

Agriculture and Rural Development

AGRICULTURE TASK FORCE

The Agriculture Task Force consists of a group of state legislators who gather and discuss current state agriculture policies and issues.The next meeting of the Agriculture Task Force will be in Washington D.C. Dec. 4 as part of NCSL's Fall Forum. Contact Ben Husch or Scott Hendrick for more details.

HEMP STATUTES

hemp imageIndustrial hemp refers to many types of Cannabis plants that contain low levels of the psychoactive chemical tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and can be used to make a variety of products including textiles, plastics, fuel and food.

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AGRICULTURE 2013 LEGISLATION

legislative chambersAgricultural legislation covers a wide variety of topics, ranging from invasive species to safe food handling standards.  See how state legislatures are working with these topics and more in 2013.

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URBAN AGRICULTURE LEGISLATION

11 states and the District of Columbia have passed legislation to increase access to urban land for agricultural or livestock production. Municipalities are also assisting local food producers to increase access to urban food markets.

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OVERVIEW | AGRICULTURE AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT

Rural America comprises 80 percent of the nation’s land, but less than 20 percent of its population. Agriculture is the main economic driver in rural America.  NCSL follows state legislative activities on agriculture and rural development through tracking of legislation and statutes, identifying changes in federal policy, and highlighting novel approaches states undertake to address agriculture and rural development in their state.

 

STANDING COMMITTEE

The Natural Resources and Infrastructure Committee is one of eight that educates Congress and federal agencies about state concerns and serves as a forum for state legislators and legislative staff. In particular, this committee has jurisdiction over state and federal energy, environment, agriculture and transportation programs, legislation, regulations and policies.

 

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DATABASE

NCSL's Agriculture and Rural Development legislation database is a source for agriculture and rural development legislation for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and U.S. territories. 

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