• Vt. ag secretary national leader
    October 03,2013

    Vt. ag secretary

    is national leader

    MONTPELIER — Vermont’s agriculture secretary has been named president of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture.

    Chuck Ross was named to the post at the association’s annual meeting in North Carolina last month.

    NASDA represents the elected and appointed commissioners, secretaries, and directors of the agriculture departments in all 50 states and four U.S. territories.

    Ross said he wants to use the insights and abilities of his colleagues across the country “to advance the issues facing farmers today — particularly the Farm Bill and food safety.”

    Ross said the country needs to stop the in-fighting among food producers, between organic and non-organic, big and small, and other divisions.

    He also wants to increase agricultural literacy so more consumers know where their food comes from.

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