It’s a big week for the NC Commissioner, it will conclude his Presidency of the National Association of Departments of Agriculture.
“We are hosting commissioners, directors and secretaries from all 50 states in Asheville, where we will have our annual meeting. We have over 220 people that have registered and we are excited to have them here in NC.
Immigration has been topic that we have been talking about for years now and we hope that we are close to a resolution. But the new implementation of the Food Safety rules will be a big topic and involves the states.
The lack of the farm bill is upon us and we don’t know when there could be a vote that would result in what we really need, but we will continue to discuss it. We are encouraged that our major points of emphasis in the farm bill have been included in both the House and Senate versions. We have got to have a vote on the bill so that our farmers have a direction to take in the next year.
The country of origin labeling laws are also contentious. The beef industries in both the US and Canada have filed law suits on this show just how contentious this issue is and its impossible for the meats from different countries to be separated in the slaughter and processing plants. So that will continue for some time.
After this week, I will be the past President. Its been a great opportunity and honor for me to serve as the National President. I’ll be proud to pass the gavel to Chuck Ross of Vermont.”