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September 26, 2008   Email to Friend 

SPARKS ASSUMES PRESIDENCY OF NATIONAL ASSOCIATION
Christy Rhodes Kirk
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September 26, 2008

Commissioner of Agriculture Ron Sparks
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Alabama Agriculture and Industries Commissioner Ron Sparks was elected president of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) during its semi-annual meeting in Bismarck, N.D., this week.

Sparks previously served as the president of the Southern Association of State Departments of Agriculture (SASDA).

"I have been proud to represent Alabama's agriculture industry in our national organization and it is certainly an honor to become president of NASDA," said Sparks. "I hope that serving as president will help Alabama to continue to have a strong voice when it comes to protecting our farmers and consumers."

Several issues important to agriculture in Alabama were discussed at length during the conference. Some key issues include: rural development and financial security, the role of agriculture in climate change policy, and food regulation and nutrition.

NASDA represents all 50 states and Puerto Rico. The majority of members are secretaries or commissioners of state departments of agriculture.


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