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2019 PUBLIC POLICY PRIORITIES

USDA rural infrastructure

RURAL INFRASTRUCTURE

Transportation infrastructure (highways, bridges, locks and dams, rail, harbor and ports) and rural broadband deployment are most obvious needs for rural communities.

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CFATS

CFATS REAUTHORIZATION

Agricultural retailers store and sell fertilizers subject to Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS).

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regulatory reform

REGULATORY REFORM

NPDES Pesticide General Permit (PGP): Pesticide applicators are subject to court-created requirements to obtain a Clean Water Act NPDES permit for lawful applications near 'waters of the U.S.' for products already closely reviewed and regulated for use by EPA with stringent FIFRA label restrictions.

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Agricultural workforce

AGRICULTURAL WORKFORCE / IMMIGRATION REFORM

The agricultural community is dependent on a sustainable workforce now more than ever. Every farm worker engaged in high-value labor intensive crop and livestock production sustains two to three off-farm jobs.

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Board Meeting

AGRICULTURAL TRADE

Agricultural retailers and distributors play a vital role in the success of the nation's food security. Their farmer customers produce goods for global markets and seek free and fair trade with foreign countries.

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