Policy News

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

Feb 28, 2021

In March 2020, as the COVID pandemic re-organized the way people shopped, cooked, and socialized, Connecticut officials quickly designated farmers’ markets as “essential businesses” to keep them open during the shut-down. This maintained farmers’ livelihoods, provided fresh food to residents, and offered a sense of normalcy during a turbulent season.

Feb 28, 2021

In Lewiston, Maine, Cooperative Development Institute (CDI) supported New Americans Mohamed Abukar, Batula Ismail, Seynab Ali, and Jabril Abdi in founding New Roots Cooperative Farm, the first immigrant-owned cooperative in Maine, with funding from USDA’s Outreach for Socially and Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers Program and a USDA Rural Development Socially Disadvantaged Groups Grant, as well as from private philanthropy.

Jan 27, 2021

How State and Federal Programs Support Farmers, Fishermen, Food Entrepreneurs, and Consumers in the Northeast

Nov 19, 2020

Guide to navigate food policies post election.

Oct 14, 2020

Make sure you are educated about your vote and follow this resource to help find

Jul 17, 2020

Let’s use these policy proposals as a guide in our advocacy and visioning.

Jul 06, 2020

NESAWG convenes a group of food systems organizations and leaders who engage collectively with the Northeast Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NEASDA) at their annual meeting and throughout the year. We can’t engage in person this year, so we are compiling an online publication to show our state Departments of Agriculture how sustainable agriculture and food systems stakeholders use federal, state, and local programs in innovative ways to improve our regional food system. If you have a story about a federal, state, or municipal program or policy, fill out this form to tell us briefly about your effort and we will be in touch to discuss how we can share your story.

Jun 18, 2020

We must make sure that the policies we advocate for within the food system aren’t undercutting or co-opting the demands of Black frontline organizations.

May 13, 2020

Federal and local governments have continued to pass policies and aid packages to try and address the economic fallout from the Coronavirus pandemic. We’ve rounded up some links and resources for deciphering what programs provide aid to farmers and food systems stakeholders, as well as some current asks for the next federal aid package.