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June 3, 2010

Agricultural Legislation at Your Fingertips

NCSL’s Agriculture and Rural Development Database Now Online

Is your state considering lifting restrictions on the sale of unpasteurized or raw milk? How many states legislatures are considering bills to regulate emissions and pollutants from large factory farms? Is your state responding to invasive species such as quagga mussels or Asian carp? 

These and other questions can be answered in NCSL’s Agriculture and Rural Development database, a searchable source of information for policymakers and the public on state legislation from the 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. 

The database includes agricultural chemicals, agricultural trade, biotechnology, food safety, invasive species and rural economic development as well as farm animal issues, including animal identification, livestock and poultry health, and veterinary care. 

More than 1,200 bills on these topics have been introduced in state legislatures in 2010 or carried over from last year’s legislative sessions. This includes almost 250 bills on food safety, 275 bills on livestock and poultry, and 176 bills on invasive species. 

NCSL’s Agriculture and Rural Development Database is updated every other week throughout the year. 

For more information, please contact NCSL’s press room.


NCSL is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the states, commonwealths and territories. It provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues and is an effective and respected advocate for the interests of the states in the American federal system.