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Vermont’s Ross to lead NASDA

Vermont’s Ross to lead NASDA
Vermont’s Secretary of Agriculture, Food, and Markets, Chuck Ross, has been named president of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA). NASDA is a nonpartisan, nonprofit association which represents the elected and appointed commissioners, secretaries and directors of the departments of agriculture in all 50 states and four U.S. territories.
Ross was named President at the NASDA annual meeting, held in North Carolina in September. He succeeds Steve Troxler, Commissioner of the North Carolina Department of Agriculture.
“We need to end the ‘Food Fight’ – the in-fighting that takes place between organic vs. non-organic, big vs. small, and any other number of divisions,” said Ross. “Less than 2% of the American population is involved in growing the food and fiber the rest of us depend upon. It makes no sense for that 2% to waste time cutting each other down.”
Ross also emphasized the importance of increasing “Ag Literacy,” which he defines as a basic understanding of how food is produced, where it comes from, and why it matters.