FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TUESDAY, SEPT. 18, 2012
||Brian Long, director
NCDA&CS Public Affairs
Troxler elected president of national agriculture group
RALEIGH — Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler has been elected president of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture.
NASDA members elected Troxler at the organization’s annual meeting, which took place recently in Des Moines, Iowa. Troxler will lead NASDA’s 10-member board of directors for the next 12 months.
“It’s an honor to serve as NASDA president,” Troxler said. “It’s also going to be a challenging year leading this organization as my colleagues and I work to obtain congressional approval of the next farm bill. We also must push Congress to reform federal programs dealing with agricultural guest workers.”
Troxler is the fifth N.C. agriculture commissioner to lead NASDA, and the first since Jim Graham in 1978-79.
NASDA is composed of the departments of agriculture in all 50 states and the territories of American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. It represents state departments of agriculture in the development, implementation and communication of public policy and programs that support and promote American agriculture while protecting consumers and the environment.
The association was formed in 1916 in Washington, D.C. North Carolina was one of the 14 original member states.
Prior to his election as NASDA president, Troxler served as first vice president of the association. He also chairs its Food Regulation and Nutrition Committee, Tobacco Task Force and Ag Military Partnership Task Force. He served as president of one of NASDA’s regional groups, the Southern Association of State Departments of Agriculture, in 2010-11.
Troxler has served as North Carolina’s agriculture commissioner since 2005.