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)...
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Guest Post: Disaster Assistance Program Sign-up Begins
Editor’s Note: We want to thank James Robinson of the Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA (RAFI) for this guest post on disaster assistance programs that were restored in the 2014 Farm Bill. RAFI works to cultivate markets, policies, and communities that sustain thriving, socially just, and environmentally sound family farms. As RAFI’s Research and Policy Associate, […]
NSAC Comments on Environmental Impacts of Produce Safety Rules
Today NSAC submitted supplemental comments on the scope of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will undertake in conjunction with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) proposed rule for produce safety. FDA requested comments on the range of impacts and alternatives that it should consider in the EIS. When FDA […]
Funding Available for Specialty Crops
Today USDA announced the availability of $66 million through the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBG) to fund projects related to the research, marketing, and development of specialty crops. The funding is available to State Departments of Agriculture, which must apply for funding and then use it to supplement state programs or make grants. SCBG […]
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