Barbara P. Glenn and 100 years of NASDA

Dr. Barbara P. Glenn Reflects on 100 Years of NASDA and the Work Ahead

Interview / Policy

The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2016. NASDA is a nonpartisan, nonprofit association that represents the elected and appointed commissioners, secretaries, and directors of the departments of agriculture in all 50 states and four U.S. territories. The organization grows and enhances agriculture by forging partnerships and creating consensus to achieve sound policy outcomes between state departments of agriculture, the federal government, and stakeholders. “NASDA has been advocating ... read more

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The Food Waste Problem and What’s Being Done to Fix It

Business / Crops / Environment

People almost everywhere – not just Americans – waste a lot of food. For much of the 21st century, it’s been discussed anecdotally, if at all, in the public sphere, but over the past few years, researchers have begun to express it in numbers – and those numbers are distressing. In 2012, Dana Gunders, senior scientist with the Food & Agriculture Program of the nonprofit Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), published a 26-page report, “Wasted: ... read more

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Interview: Rep. Mike Conaway, Chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture

Interview / Policy

Born and raised in West Texas, Mike Conaway is proud to represent Texas’ 11th Congressional District since coming to Congress in 2005. He serves as chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, where he strongly advocates for farmers, ranchers, rural communities, and consumers while ensuring programs under the committee’s jurisdiction are defensible and financially responsible. Prior to becoming Agriculture Committee chairman, Conaway served as chairman of the House Ethics Committee and held leadership roles as chairman ... read more