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USDA Stakeholder Community Writes Congress Expressing Opposition to Possible Agency Relocation

Wed, 14 Nov 2018 11:42:12 CST

USDA Stakeholder Community Writes Congress Expressing Opposition to Possible Agency Relocation Today, the American Statistical Association joined with 59 other organizations in sending a letter to the leaders of the House and Senate agricultural appropriations subcommittees requesting they protect the Economic Research Service (ERS) and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). The letter is the latest in a long list of activities by the USDA stakeholder community expressing concern for and/or opposition to the USDA's controversial plans for the two agencies announced in August.

Specifically the 60 organizations request that agriculture appropriators "specify that no funding be used for relocation or realignment of ERS and that no funding be used for the NIFA relocation beyond that already provided for its relocation within the National Capital Region."

As stated in the letter, the signers’ “fundamental concern is that the proposed relocation and realignment will undermine the quality and breadth of the work these agencies support and perform – work that is vital to informing and supporting US agriculture, food and rural economies.”

The letter is attached and can be found here: https://www.amstat.org/asa/files/pdfs/POL-ERS__NIFA_AppropsNovember.pdf. The 60 signers are listed below.

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Agricultural & Applied Economics Association
American Association for Public Opinion Research
American Association of Mycobacterial Diseases
American Dairy Science Association
American Educational Research Association
American Malting Barley Association
American Phytopathological Society
American Public Health Association
American Society for Horticultural Science
American Society for Nutrition
American Society of Animal Science
American Statistical Association
APB Associates
Association of Population Centers
Association of Public Data Users
Carolina Farm Stewardship Association
Center for Food Safety
Center for Foodborne Illness Research & Prevention
Center for Rural Affairs
Center for Science in the Public Interest
Charles Valentine Riley Memorial Foundation
Consortium of Social Science Associations
Consumer Federation of America
Council of Professional Associations on Federal Statistics
Decision Demographics
Food & Water Watch
Food Animal Concerns Trust
Food Research and Action Center
Global Harvest Initiative
Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
International Center for Technology Assessment
Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future
Maine Farmland Trust
Michael Fields Agricultural Institute
Mycobacterial Diseases of Animals Multi-State Initiative
National Barley Improvement Committee
National Farmers Union
National Organic Coalition
National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition
National Turfgrass Federation
National WIC Association
National Young Farmers Coalition
Natural Resources Defense Council
North American Regional Science Council
Northeast Organic Farming Association-Interstate Council
Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association
Oregon State University Center for Small Farms & Community Food Systems
Organic Farming Research Foundation
Organic Seed Alliance
Pinnacle Prevention
Population Association of America
Restaurant Services, Inc.
Rural Sociological Society
The Common Market
Union of Concerned Scientists
US Dairy Forage Research Center Stakeholders
World Perspectives, Inc.
Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation

Source - American Statistical Association



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