SLC Agriculture & Rural Development Committee
The oldest of the standing committees, the Agriculture & Rural Development Committee’s agenda focuses on issues critical to the future of farming and farm communities. As the "engine of the economy," agriculture constitutes a vital sector of the economies of most Southern states. A principal focus of the Committee's work centers on rural development and rural communities, convening a series of sessions that investigates the differences (and surprising similarities) between rural and urban America and how to begin to bridge the divides between these communities.
Recent Committee initiatives include rural housing, ag education, updates on international trade and agriculture, consolidation in the farm sector, state actions on animal welfare, and conservation and farm land preservation. Other issues in which the Committee has long-standing interest include the status of the rural South, and food safety and security. The Committee has focused on the changing face of agriculture across America and conditions in the rural South. Additionally, the Committee works annually with public and private agencies, local and federal officials, and the land grant university system to assure the continued vitality of the region’s farm and rural communities.
Daniel B. Verdin III
Webinar | June 14, 2017
Agriculture and food law at the local, state and national level is changing constantly, with impacts to farmers, foresters, food producers, and rural residents. Since January, significant legal developments impacting rural and agricultural policy have emerged, including: repeal of the Clean Water Rule, state “purple paint” legislation, property tax assessment for farmland, and organic practice rules. This webinar examined the implications of these and other recent legal developments in agriculture and food policy.
This webinar was presented by the National Agricultural Law Center and the regional offices of The Council of State Governments.
Presentation: Archived Webinar | PowerPoint Slides
SLC Regional Resource | December 7, 2016
Despite ongoing economic sanctions, the United States has emerged as a major exporter of agricultural goods to Cuba, which imports up to 80 percent of its food. Given Cuba's geographic and economic position, states in the Southern region of the United States have competitive export advantages in terms of production, quality, logistics and proximity. This SLC Regional Resource examines existing and future agricultural export opportunities for member states in the Southern Legislative Conference.
Policy Analysis | September 14, 2016
Cuba, a nation of approximately 11 million people, is a food-insecure country, importing up to 80 percent of its food. The nation’s primary imports in 2015 included rice (14 percent), poultry (13 percent), dairy (12 percent), soy products (12 percent) and wheat (12 percent).
Agricultural exports to Cuba were authorized under the Trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act of 2000. Given Cuba’s economic and geographic position, Southern states have become leaders in agricultural exports to Cuba, comprising nine of the top 10 exporting states in 2015.
Reinforcing their dominant position, Southern states also are leaders in overall exports of Cuba’s most-imported agricultural products: rice and poultry. In 2014, four Southern states were among the top five rice-exporting states (Arkansas, at $809.3 million; California, at $644 million; Louisiana, at $258.9 million; Missouri, at $96.6 million; and Texas, at $92.8 million). Similarly, Southern states constituted all five of the top broiler-exporting states in 2014 (Georgia, at $596.3 million; Alabama, at $478 million; North Carolina, at $477.5 million; Arkansas, at $475 million; Mississippi, at $356.2 million; and Texas, at $280.5 million).
Top 20 States for Agricultural Exports to Cuba (2006-2015)
(ranking based on total agricultural exports in 2015)
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More SLC Research into Agriculture
Policy Analysis | November 2, 2015
SLC Regional Resource | January 8, 2015
Webinar | October 3, 2014
Policy Analysis | September 17, 2014
Issue Alert | June 25, 2014
Webinar | May 2, 2013
Policy Analysis | March 13, 2012
SLC Regional Resource | July 2, 2011
Policy Analysis | October 25, 2010
Policy Analysis | August 1, 2009
SLC Regional Resource | June 1, 2006
SLC Regional Resource | April 1, 2006
SLC Regional Resource | July 1, 2005
SLC Regional Resource | January 1, 2005
SLC Regional Resource | September 1, 2002
SLC Special Series Report | February 1, 2002
SLC Regional Resource | July 1, 2001
SLC Regional Resource | August 1, 2000
SLC Regional Resource | March 1, 2000