No single policy is designed to address all aspects of sustainable agriculture, and many serve farmers who would not characterize themselves as sustainable agriculture adherents as well as those who would. But taken as a whole, policies help move the nation’s agriculture toward a more environmentally, economically and socially sustainable future.
Our policy program empowers citizens to use democratic processes to direct government resources to support sustainable agriculture’s many objectives. For example, Michael Fields coordinates the national sustainable agriculture movement’s annual grassroots campaign to obtain funding for sustainable agriculture programs. We meet with agency staff to encourage proper administration of programs we have helped create and improve.
They might be federal marketing programs like the Farmers Market Promotion Program or Conservation Stewardship Program. Or possibly policies such as measures to reform the direct farm payments in the federal commodity programs.
In Wisconsin, we advance programs such as the new Buy Local Buy Wisconsin program and Farm to School program, whose legislative passage Michael Fields coordinated and led. We also promote managed grazing, bioenergy, new markets and opportunities, local food, agricultural innovation, and the next generation of farmers.
Michael Fields also works to build the capacity of the sustainable movement. For example, we cultivate new leadership through our policy internships, build the grassroots power base that helps our movement achieve its many victories, and offer grantwriting workshops to help farmers and ranchers nationwide access federal programs’ resources.
Latest Public Policy Posts
“Searching for Sustainability” Movie Showing
March 12, 2018
Thursday, March 29, 2018, 6:00 pm FREE FILM SCREENING Join society’s growing search for sustainability. From our climate, to our waters, to our air, in our soils, throughout our food chains, and even within our bodies, sustainability affects every filament of life here on Planet Earth. That’s why everyone needs to know about and consciously […]
It’s About the Dead Zone – And More
All of that rain went somewhere, about which Margaret Krome learned when she visited the Mississippi Gulf Coast March 7-8 and was shown around the local seafood industry by fisherman Ryan Bradley, Director of the Mississippi Commercial Fisheries United, Inc. In addition to eating spectacular seafood, Krome had a chance to visit an oyster plant […]
Join us for a unique dining experience in the Beautiful Brown Barn!
Friday, August 24, 2018, 6:00 pm Enjoy fresh Gulf seafood, farm fresh produce, organic wine and local beer! Celebrating Wisconsin Farmers and Gulf Fishermen working together to conserve the ecosystems and water quality of the Mississippi River and Gulf of Mexico. This important conservation project was featured on Wisconsin Foodie, February 2018. View it HERE on PBS! […]
United States Farming Practices Survey – make your voice heard!
Throughout the United States, farmers are using innovative approaches to sustainably produce crops and improve soil health. However, farmers are also faced with numerous challenges, and they are often not included in decision-making that affects the way they farm. Cornell University, University of California—Berkeley, and The Nature Conservancy are conducting a nationwide survey for all […]
Great Lakes to Gulf Watershed Leadership Summit
On February 21 and 22, MFAI’s Policy Program Director, Margaret Krome, joined watershed organizers, researchers, farmers, and agency leaders from states north to south along the length of the Mississippi River to explore strategies for creating programs that help farmers reduce the nutrient-rich runoff that’s creating the Dead Zone so harmful to marine life – […]