NCSL's Agriculture Task Force held a preconference meeting at the 2016 Capitol Forum in Washington, D.C. on Dec. 6, 2016. A copy of the task force's agenda and list of attendees can be found here. The Agriculture Task Force examines state and federal agricultural policy issues and serves as the conduit for state legislative communication with Congress, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and other federal agencies.
Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016
Breakfast – The Next Farm Bill: A Primer
The Farm Bill is one of the most important pieces of legislation that Congress passes. With the end of the 2023 farm bill only a year away, attendees learned about the issues that will drive the congressional debate next year, and possible areas of contention that could delay passage, plus how the incoming administration may impact its reach.
- Nathan Bowen, director of public policy, National Association of State Departments of Agriculture | No Presentation
States Working with Agriculture to Improve Water Quality
From voluntary practices to mandatory guidelines, states have explored ways to work with the agricultural industry and individual producers to improve water quality.
Legislators and legislative staff are invited to share policy examples and other efforts to improve water quality in their states.
- Peggy Hall, assistant professor and field specialist, Agricultural and Resource Law, Ohio State University | Presentation
Transportation to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for a USDA Briefing by Secretary Tom Vilsack.
Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack discussed the current state of the farm economy, what lies ahead, and how USDA’s actions over the past eight years have provided much needed support to both the agricultural industry and rural communities.
Planning for 2017 Policy Issues and Lunch
Attendees enjoyed lunch and discussed policy priorities for 2017.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Briefing
From the renewable fuel standard to the growing use of biotechnology, the EPA continues to play a major role in the agriculture world. Top level agency officials joined this meeting to discuss issues under the agency’s purview.
- Ron Carleton, counselor to the administrator on agricultural policy, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency | No Presentation