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Annual Meeting Recap

  2017 Annual Meeting Agriculture & Rural Affairs Program Recap   The 57th Annual Meeting of the Council of State Governments-Eastern Regional Conference, held August 13 through 16, 2017 at the Mohegan Sun Resort in Uncasville, Connecticut, was the site of much information gathering and relationship building among the attendees. The Agriculture & Rural Affairs […]

North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Renegotiation

On July 17, the Office of the United States Trade Representative released their report entitled ‘Summary of Objectives for the NAFTA Renegotiation’.  One of the promises made by Candidate Trump was a renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.  In a tweet from October 2016, Trump said, ‘I will renegotiate NAFTA. If I can’t […]

Meet NH State Representative Steve Darrow

Let us introduce Representative Steve Darrow, Vice Chair of the New Hampshire House Committee on Environment and Agriculture, and a first time attendee to the ERC Annual Meeting. Steve is a member of the CSG-ERC Agriculture and Rural Affairs policy committee. Rep. Darrow has been a resident of NH for forty-five years.  Rep. Darrow has […]

Meet the Legislator – MA Senator Anne Gobi

Senator Anne Gobi lives in Spencer, Massachusetts, the town where she was born and raised. After graduating from Worcester State College, Anne studied law at Massachusetts School of Law at night while teaching high school during the day.  After passing the bar, she went into private practice. A member of the Spencer Democratic Town Committee […]

Meet Massachusetts Representative Stephen Kulik

Representative Stephen Kulik hails from Worthington in Western, MA, and represents 16 rural communities to the north and west of Springfield. Steve went to Newton Junior College, and then attended Northeastern University before finishing his studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Representative Kulik started his public service on his hometown’s Planning Board and then […]

Trump Signs Executive Order on Agriculture

On April 25, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order entitled ‘Promoting Agriculture and Rural Prosperity in America’. The Order establishes an Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity, which will be supported and funded by the Department of Agriculture.  (To read the full text of the Executive Order, click here) The Task Force […]

Meet Delaware Senator Gary Simpson

Senator Gary F. Simpson, representing the 18th Senate District of Delaware, has been in the legislature since 1998. The Minority Leader in the Senate, Gary also sits on the Agriculture, Executive, Rules & Ethics committees, and is a member of the Legislative Council. He retired from twenty years with the University of Delaware in 2011, […]

A First Look at President Trump’s USDA Budget for 2018

Any budget proposal is, by its nature, partisan.   However, we will present the facts as we know them, in a non-partisan manner, and let you decide if you agree or disagree with the budget proposal. We must keep in mind that the President’s budget is merely a proposal. Once the executive branch presents the […]

Meet Representative Carolyn Partridge

 Representative Partridge,  Chair of the Vermont House Committee on Agriculture and Forestry,is an 18-year member of the Vermont House of Representatives and the Chair of the Committee on Agriculture and Forestry. She is better known to the regular participants of the ERC as one of the two Co-Chairs of the ERC Agriculture and Rural Affairs […]