Why does Sustainable Agriculture Policy Matter?
Taken as a whole, these and other policies help move the nation’s agriculture toward a more environmentally, economically and socially sustainable future.
Biodynamic agriculture is a way of living, working and relating to nature and the vocations of agriculture based on good common-sense practices, a consciousness of the uniqueness of each landscape, and the inner development of each and every practitioner. […]
Our Policy Work
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 […]
What can You do?
Take Action to Support Sustainable Agriculture!
We want sustainable agriculture supporters to recognize their tremendous power. Here’s what you can do…
Farm to School
While it seems like a straightforward concept, Farm to School programs are more diverse than you might think. Schools across the country have used Farm to School programs to: Provide local fruits, vegetables, dairy, and meats in school lunches Offer local food snacks during the school day Plant a school garden Bring farmers into the […]
The Next Generation of Farmers
The average age of farmers is increasing, and 70 percent of farmland is expected to change hands in the next 20 years. While a growing number of young people and new immigrants want to enter into farming, they face challenges such as the cost of farmland, a critical shortage of training, and lack of financing. […]
Our policy staff works hard to ensure that graziers have access to the resources they need to be successful.
New Markets and Opportunities
For too long, communities across Wisconsin have seen the decline in our state’s agricultural economy. Farmers vulnerable to commodity markets’ ups and downs have lost their land, businesses that support them closed, and rural communities have waned. But there are many bright spots, where agricultural entrepreneurs are not only making a living, but growing local […]
Conservation Stewardship Program
MFAI is committed to helping farmers implement conservation practices in ways that help their bottom line while protecting natural resources.
A successful agricultural enterprise requires a lot of expertise, from business planning and financing to distribution to marketing. Quietly and with very limited resources, the Agricultural Innovation Center has been providing that expertise to agricultural entrepreneurs and creating successful new businesses across Wisconsin. The Agricultural Innovation Center was established in 2005 as a partnership between […]
Annual Campaign for Federal Sustainable Agriculture Funding
For many years, MFAI’s Policy Program has coordinated the movement’s annual grassroots appropriations campaign, seeking to optimize funding of programs chosen as priorities by members of the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC). The sustainable agriculture movement benefits from increased federal funding to its priority programs. These programs advance the goals embedded in sustainable agriculture, such […]
Grant Writing Workshops
It is insufficient to secure federal appropriations if the movement doesn’t use these resources optimally to advance its goals. Michael Fields Agricultural Institute offers workshop training around the nation in grant writing and use of federal resources, covering three main topics: Designing effective projects Identifying programs suited to one’s needs Grant writing basics Workshops range […]
Building the Grassroots Power Base
Policy gains of the sustainable agriculture movement offer inspiring examples of representative democracy’s power to change markets, culture and essential social structures. But only a fraction of the movement’s passionate adherents actually receive MFAI or National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) action alerts on policy initiatives, and many supporters’ contact information is outdated. In Wisconsin, MFAI’s […]
Farmers Market Promotion Program
Through a competitive grants application process, the Farmers’ Market Promotion Program funds marketing proposals for community-supported agriculture programs, farmers’ markets, roadside stands, and other direct producer-to-consumer marketing strategies.
Buy Local Buy Wisconsin
As an economic development program, BLBW was designed to increase the purchase of Wisconsin grown/produced food products for sale to local purchasers.