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At the intersection of food, soil, climate, farming and water.

What does MFAI do to Support Public Policies?

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.  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.

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.

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 grant writing workshops to help farmers and ranchers nationwide access federal programs’ resources.