Many of the movement’s longstanding organizers and policy leaders are approaching retirement, and the movement needs to cultivate new activists of diverse cultural backgrounds and skills. MFAI’s policy internship program helps prospective leaders gain a foothold in the movement’s varied advocacy positions. We offer two five-month policy internships every spring with a small stipend of […]
Producers First Technical Assistance Available
For many farmers who sell to the local market, hiring an expert is something that other farmers do. Many farmers think that there aren’t any experts out there for what they need, or that the cost would be too much. But in Wisconsin, some farmers are hiring experts through the state’s Producers First program, and their businesses are better for it.
Make Farm to School Happen!
Farmers benefit. Students benefit. Communities benefit. Farm to School is such a no-brainer. We’re going to make it happen in Wisconsin, and we’re going to do it with red packets. (Watch the video…it will make sense.)
Three Wisconsin Farmers Earn Stewardship Awards
We tip our hats to three Wisconsin farmers who were recently recognized for their excellent conservation! Jody Ausen, James Pingel and Jerry Wahleitner received awards from Secretary of Agriculture Ben Brancel on September 7 for being the top-ranked farmers in Wisconsin’s Conservation Stewardship Program enrollment this year. The Conservation Stewardship Program is for farms of all types and sizes, and rewards farmers for the conservation they are already doing as well as providing them the means to do even more.
Do Farms Count As Businesses?
With all of this talk about the need to create jobs, where do farmers fit in? Nationally, two great tools to help get new farmers into business and stay in business are on the chopping block. Our Senators could change this, but they have to hear from us first…
Why Farmer Advocates Are Needed (And why not to play cards with one)
Farmer advocates are willing to dive into red tape and become experts on the fine print, all to ensure that farmers have equal access to loans and other resources they need. In a perfect world, we wouldn’t need them. [Read more…]
USDA Trying To Right Past Wrongs, One Claim At A Time
The USDA isn’t proud of its history dealing with women and minority farmers. And there’s a reason for that – many perfectly eligible farmers have been denied farm loans because they were women or minorities. But the USDA is trying to right past wrongs… and put $1.33 billion behind it.
Financial Help With Organic Certification Costs
Are you a farmer or processor interested in becoming organic but put off by the cost of certification? You can now apply for a cost-share program that reimburses up to 75% of the cost of certification, up to a maximum of $750. Farmers already certified organic are eligible for reimbursements, too!
Looking for funding for your on-farm project?
Are you a farmer? Do you have an idea for a farm-related business? Is it related to branding, processing, product differentiation, labeling and certification, or marketing? If so, apply to the Value Added Producer Grant program by July 27!
Taking Agriculture In The Wrong Direction: The U.S. House of Representatives
The federal agriculture budget is out of the House and headed to the Senate. So how is it looking so far? Not good. Here’s the lowdown…
State Legislative Update
The state budget still has a long way to go before it’s a done deal, but many of our priorities have already gone through the legislature’s Joint Finance Committee, the committee responsible for making most of the changes to the Governor’s proposed budget. So how did our priorities do?
Buy Local Buy Wisconsin Grants Eliminated!
The highly successful Buy Local Buy Wisconsin grants program is on the budget chopping block. With a proven track record of creating jobs and new revenue, we can’t afford to lose this program! We can restore these grants, but it will take phone calls from people like you.
How does Conservation Benefit You?
Does government money spent on conservation benefit you economically?
Yes, and in surprising ways! That’s according to various groups that met to talk about the upcoming Farm Bill – and how important it is to keep conservation programs alive and well.
Wisconsin’s Buy Local Buy Wisconsin Grants Program: Creating Economic Development
In just the first two years of the Buy Local Buy Wisconsin grants program, it has proven its worth: 38 new jobs and over $2.7 million in new local food sales!
MFAI helps farmers access federal programs to grow their farms
Jan. 18, 2011, WalworthCounty Today
Farm Aid award helps local ag producers grow. (2011, January 18). In WalworthCounty Today. Retrieved 15:25, Feb 06, 2011, from http://walworthcountytoday.com/news/2011/jan/18/farm-aid-award-helps-local-ag-producers-grow/
NRCS Conservation Stewardship Program
Still time to sign up for CSP!
There’s still time to sign up for this NRCS green payments program that rewards farmers for conservation practices. […]
What does MFAI do to Support Public Policies?
Our policy program empowers citizens to use democratic processes to direct government resources to support sustainable agriculture’s many objectives.
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 […]