Learn more about the federal, state and local policies that impact our region, and how you can get involved.
Guide to navigate food policies post election.
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Let’s use these policy proposals as a guide in our advocacy and visioning.
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.
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.
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.
There are many policy platforms, opportunities, and resources out right now around COVID-19. Here are just a few that we can support!
Through funding made possible by the 2018 US Department of Commerce Economic Development Agency (EDA) Local Technical Assistance Program, Hudson Valley AgriBusiness Development Corporation’s (HVADC), third accelerator program, the Farm and Food Funding Accelerator (FFFA), began in November 2019. Through its first two FFFA programs, HVADC has graduated 19 Peers from this intensive training curriculum for food entrepreneurs preparing their businesses for growth and accessing financial sources. Combined, the inaugural class of 2016 and the most recent class concluded in June 2019 have brought in nearly $1 million in outside investments to help their businesses grow, develop new products, find new markets and identify new opportunities.
Street vendors in NYC face a variety of challenges, and many work together in the Street Vendor Project to address barriers and difficulties. Kele shares with us her experiences as a vendor, and her hopes for the future of vending in the city.
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.