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Fostering Sustainable Agriculture through Research, Education and Policy since 1984

Michael Fields Public Policy Program

Why does Michael Fields Agricultural Institute work on policy? In a word, leverage.

In a representative democracy, government policies and programs reflect society’s values and can accomplish change on a scale greater than what any farmer, Michael Fields Agricultural Institute or any other individual or organization can accomplish. By steering government programs and policies, policy advocates can guide whether those resources leverage change in favor of or opposition to a sustainable agriculture.

Sound sustainable agriculture policies are designed around defined needs of farmers, consumers and other stakeholders to support aspects of an environmentally sound, socially responsible, profitable agriculture.

Our policy program empowers citizens to use democratic processes to direct government resources to support sustainable agriculture’s many objectives. Find out more about our policy work as well as what you can do.