Policy and Issues Advocacy
As a member of the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC), and in concert with other local and regional organizations, Future Harvest CASA monitors local, state and national policy and legislative activities. We seek to ensure that the interests of the sustainable agriculture community are represented, and we support policies that promote farmland preservation, farmer retention, protection of natural resources, and increased access to healthy food.
There are two ways for you to be a part of our growing advocacy effort. The first and most important way is to become a member of Future Harvest CASA and be counted as part of our collective voice. Members who want to contribute more are invited to join our Advocacy Group, an online Topic of Interest Group. Participation is free, and you can determine whether you want to receive emails of every post in real-time or whether you want to receive all the group's posts in one daily email digest. Please join the discussion!
Future Harvest CASA Advocacy News
WVDA initiates rule change to increase on-farm poultry processing limits, enable on-farm rabbit processing - February 2014
Future Harvest CASA Requests Report from the House Health and Government Operations Committee; Support House Bill 3 (Page 1, Page 2) - February 2014
A Free Webinar on FSMA for New England Food Producers, Buyers, and Those Working Toward a Resilient New England Food System - August 2013
Testimony in Support of Maryland Agricultural Certainty Legislation - April 2013
Future Harvest CASA Efforts Help Win New Grazing Cost-Share Eligibility in Maryland - Feb 2013
Regional Food Systems Working Group Visits Charlottesville's Local Food Hub - Read Report
Farmer Nick Maravell Testifies Before Senate Subcommitee - October 4, 2011
Important Bills Before the Maryland Legislature - February 17, 2011
*New Action Alert - November 17, 2010 - go to Alerts Page...
*MD Food Policy Group Prepares to Educate Legislators: This summer Future Harvest-CASA has been collaborating with the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Office of Chronic Disease Prevention, which organized three Food Policy Workgroup meetings. Major areas of recommendations from these workgroups will be presented at a Maryland Food Policy Summit on September 22 (read more)...
* Future Harvest-CASA Supports Comprehensive Federal Climate Change Legislation: The Board voted to be a signatory to a letter prepared by the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, urging Congress to pass a strong climate and energy bill this year. Such a bill will help protect farmers and our food supply, while moving agriculture towards a viable and sustainable future. (read more)...
Latest News from NSAC
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National Conference on Cover Crops and Soil Health
Last month, 300 agricultural innovators, experts, and leaders convened in Omaha, Nebraska for the National Conference on Cover Crops and Soil Health. This conference was organized to provide a national forum to discuss moving the dial toward a more sustainable American agricultural system by focusing on improving soil health. Organized by the Sustainable Agriculture Research Read the Rest...
Farm Bill Implementation on Beginning Farmer and Rancher Programs Already Underway
Beginning in 2011, NSAC launched a campaign around Beginning and Socially Disadvantaged Farmer and Rancher programs in the Farm Bill, and ultimately helped win on quite a number of issues in the final legislation. The NSAC-championed marker bill, the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Opportunity Act, was championed by members in both chambers, led by Senator Read the Rest...
NSAC Submits Coexistence Comments to USDA
Yesterday, NSAC submitted comments to USDA in response to a request for information about how farmers who raise genetically engineered (GE) crops and those who don’t can better coexist as neighbors. NSAC’s was one of the over 4,000 comments that were submitted on the topic by yesterday’s deadline. The challenges associated with coexistence have significant Read the Rest...
What You Can Do
Link to National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition's "take action" page
National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition's advocacy toolkit
Find your representatives in the Senate, House and your state
National Family Farm Coalition
Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture
Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
Center for Rural Affairs
Farm Bill Primers:
Farm Bill User Guide on NEFOOD
Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group
National Farmers Union