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Maine will host the NEASDA 2024 Annual Regional Meeting in Freeport

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Participants will discuss critical issues including agricultural workforce development, farmland conservation, PFAS and more

“The NEASDA Annual Regional Meeting is a cornerstone event that promotes dialogue and collaboration among Member States and stakeholders focused on the future of agriculture,” said Commissioner Beal. “It is my privilege to lead NEASDA and welcome this year’s meeting to our great state.” (Photo: Maine DACF)

AUGUSTA, Maine – The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (DACF) will host the Northeast Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NEASDA) 2024 Regional Meeting June 2-5 in Freeport. DACF Commissioner and current NEASDA President Amanda Beal expressed his excitement about the return of this influential agricultural conference to Maine, where it was last held in 2016.

“NEASDA Annual Regional Meeting is a cornerstone event that promotes dialogue and cooperation among Member States and stakeholders, focused on the future of agriculture” said Commissioner Beal. “It is my privilege to lead NEASDA and welcome this year’s meeting to our great state.”

The NEASDA regional meeting brings together commissioners, secretaries and directors of the ten agricultural departments in the Northeast. This year’s presenters and attendees include farmers, federal partners, educational institutions, nonprofit partners and industry representatives. The conference provides a platform to share information and ideas and address policy initiatives that impact the agricultural sector.

During the three-day event, participants will discuss critical issues including agricultural workforce development, farmland conservation, PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances), agricultural climate resilience and trade. In addition, participants will take part in educational tours of local farms and food businesses, including Blue Ox Malthouse, Apple Creek Farm, Springworks Farm and Wolfe’s Neck Center for Agriculture and the Environment.

NEASDA is a regional association that brings together the commissioners, secretaries and directors of agriculture from Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont. The organization plays a critical role in shaping agricultural policy and promoting cooperation among state and federal entities and other key stakeholders. NEASDA is a regional chapter of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA), founded in 1916.

For more information about the 2024 NEASDA meeting, visit https://www.nasda.org/2024-neasda regional meeting / or contact Jim Britt at (207) 480-0558.

–Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry

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