Policy issues top the priority list for the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture in 2020. 

The NASDA board of directors identified several policy issues to tackle this year, focusing most  efforts on international trade, workforce development, food safety and hemp production. 

NASDA is urging lawmakers in the Senate to quickly pass the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, which could happen this week. 

The organization also seeks full funding to implement the Food Safety Modernization Act and pledges to work with the Food and Drug Administration and states to effectively implement the Act. 

However, hemp may be the top priority for NASDA in 2020. 

Before harvest comes and the Department of Agriculture interim rule goes final, many questions and details remain to be navigated. NASDA is working with USDA to “provide a clear pathway for U. S. hemp growers.” 

NASDA CEO Barb Glenn says, “it’s imperative that FDA establishes consistent CBD regulations to ensure the crop has a stable market and consumers are safe.”