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NEWS ALERTS

news imageFederal GMO Labeling Bill Introduced in House | April 9, 2014—Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) and Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.) have introduced legislation that would create a voluntary federal framework for the labeling of genetically  modified organisms (GMOs). The legislation would prohibit state governments from enacting laws that would require labeling of foods that contain GMOs. 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 2013 Fall Forum, Dec. 6, 2013.

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LETTERS AND TESTIMONY

On Nov. 12, NCSL sent a letter to the leaders of the Senate and House Agriculture Committees, as they began their work in conference to finalize a 2013 Farm Bill. NCSL urged the conferees to oppose the “King Amendment” in the House version and support the Senate version’s nutrition title.To see other NCSL representation of state legislatures' interests to Congress concerning agriculture, energy, environment and transportation click continue.

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FARM BILL UPDATE

farmFeb. 7—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 latest March issue contains news items on: Implementatin of the 2013 Farm Bill; FDA agrees to food safety modernization timeline; President signs into law extension of the national drought information system and more!

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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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