Policy News

Learn more about the federal, state and local policies that impact our region, and how you can get involved.

Oct 16, 2019

For the past two years, NESAWG has been facilitating a group of sustainable agriculture stakeholders to have a presence at the National and Northeast Associations of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA and NEASDA) annual meetings, in order to strengthen relationships between sustainable food systems leaders and state agriculture officials as well as raise awareness about our partners’ work throughout our twelve state region. Among other things, NASDA members (who are all state agriculture officials) take official policy positions that the organization then advocates for in Congress and USDA. Last month, our work with NASDA brought me to their 2019 annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Sep 18, 2019

NESAWG is endorsing the climate strike because solutions to the climate crisis cannot wait. We recognize the interconnectedness of frontline communities, from coastal cities to the heartland, from the old to the young, all of whom are facing unprecedented threats to our homes, communities, and livelihoods.

Jul 30, 2019

An Interview with NYCAMH Clinical Case Manager Patrick O’Hara on the many ways agriculture and healthcare are intimately connected to today's farmers

Jul 09, 2019

It's a perilous time for undocumented farmworkers in the United States. Gabriella della Croce, Pioneer Valley Workers Center, breaks down some of the ways they are challenging injustice and building hope in this context.

Jun 12, 2019

Why you should care about the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture?

Jun 06, 2019

ORGANIZING FOR IMMIGRANT JUSTICE AND A JUST FOOD SYSTEM IN VERMONT WITH MIGRANT JUSTICE An interview with Migrant Justice’s Campaign Coordinator, Abel Luna

May 14, 2019

Fishing Partnership Support Services (FP) is a nonprofit company in Massachusetts that has been improving the health, safety, and economic security of fishing families for over 20 years. Food producers, including fishermen, deserve our support. Fishermen are critical to our local economy. For example, seven-thousand Massachusetts fishermen form the foundation of a multi-billion-dollar seafood industry that supports over 90,000 workers. Furthermore, the future looks bright for the industry. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the fishing industry will grow by 11% by 2026 - compared to 7% for all occupations.

Mar 07, 2019

Learn the results from our 2018 network policy survey

Feb 19, 2019

The Green New Deal (GND) resolution was released last week, and includes agriculture in its approach to mitigating climate change. It is intentionally written as a scaffolding for developing more specific legislation, and holds potential for our particular agricultural strengths and needs here in the Northeast. Here are some ideas to get us started.

Feb 07, 2019

Gerldine Wilson started a community garden to address food access and the need for green space in her neighborhood. Learn more about her neighborhood, and her personal journey, in the community food movement.