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Federal Issues | Agriculture

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NEWS ALERTS

news imageFDA Releases Revisions to FSMA Rules |  Revisions to four rules as part of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) were released. The updates to the proposed rules relate to: produce-safety; preventive controls for human food; preventive controls for animal food; and theforeign supplier verification program. See NCSL's Info Alert for more details. 

 

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POLICIES

The Natural Resources and Infrastructure Committee bases all of its federal advocacy work on the policy directives and resolutions that have been approved on both the committee and conference level. The policies are as of the 2014 Legislative Summit, August 2014.

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LETTERS AND TESTIMONY

NCSL's Natural Resources and Infrastructure (NRI) Committee representates state legislatures' interests to Congress and the administration concerning agriculture issues. Click continue to see examples of NRI's advocacy work on behalf of state legislatures. 

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FARM BILL UPDATE

farmFeb. 7, 2014—President Obama signed into law the  5- year reauthorization of the Farm Bill that passed Congress earlier this week. The King Amendment, opposed by NCSL, was not included in the final bill. Read NCSL President Senator Starr's Press Release. See NCSL's Farm Bill Analysis for complete details on the agriculture poritions of the legislation.

 

COMMITTEE | TASK FORCE

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. The newly formed Agriculture Task Force brings together legislators and legislative staff that focus on agriculture policy and issues in their states, to lead federal advocacy on agriculture issues of importance to state legislatures.

 

NEWSLETTERS

newsletterNCSL’s monthly Federal Agriculture Update highlights federal-state agriculture news. The most recent November issue contains news items on: proposed stricter crude-oil-by-rail shipment regulations; U.S. appeal to WTO on Country of Origin Labeling decision; USDA's carbon credits system, and more! Click continue to see the latest issue as well as past issues of the newsletter. 

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OVERVIEW | FEDERAL ISSUES

NCSL’s federal staff represent state legislatures’ interests to the Federal government on a variety of agriculture related issues through the advocacy efforts of the Natural Resources and Infrastructure Committee. These issues include federal laws, regulations and legislation on agricultural runoff, farm subsidies, crop insurance, animal agriculture production and more. For questions on NCSL’s federal engagement on agriculture issues please contact the State-Federal Division Staff – Ben Husch (202-624-7779) and Melanie Condon (202-624-3597).

 

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