NASDA is calling for ag research and trade funding in the Farm Bill to “level the playing field”

Progress in Washington for this year’s Farm Bill is nearing a halt, but that has not stopped ag groups from letting lawmakers know their priorities.

Ted McKinney, President of NASDA, says the U.S. is falling behind in funding for ag research and trade programs. He tells Brownfield Ag News spending on land grant institutions has been a low priority in the last two Farm Bills, and he feels that has led to a decline in new talent for the food and ag sector.

NASDA members are also calling for more market access and development. McKinney says that is the only way to level the playing field around the world.