OEFFA is a leader on organic and sustainable agriculture in Ohio.
OEFFA represents more than 4,000 members and 1,300 certified organic operations. Our members attend meetings and hearings and contact decision makers, building grassroots support for policies that support farmers and protect the environment. OEFFA’s policy director represents our members interests directly with state leaders.
OEFFA’s policy priorities can help more farmers work in concert with nature, increase profitability, and grow new farmers by:
Making Investments in Regional Food Economies by:
- Supporting the Ohio Food Policy Network
- Advocating for strategic investment through utilization of federal farm bill funding, including the Local Food and Farmers Market Promotion Program, the Value-Added Producer Grant Program, and the Regional Food Economies Investment Program
- Supporting institutional purchasing that opens up markets for in-state producers
Supporting Agriculture That Pays Ecosystem Dividends by:
- Providing resources for farmers interested in transitioning to organic
- Investing in research, education, and Extension services for organic production
- Hosting a state organic working group to identify ways to promote best management practices and support the growth of organic in Ohio. Ohio is sixth in the nation in the number of organic producers and second only to California in the amount of land in transition to organic.
- Adopting legislation to incentivize good soil health practices
Facilitating Agriculture for the Next Generation by:
- Increasing resources for farm succession planning
- Providing tax incentives for landowners who transition their land to beginning farmers through the Family Farm ReGeneration Act
- Continuing funding for the Ohio Agricultural Easement Purchase Program (AEPP)
- Increasing the state allocation to Soil and Water Conservation Districts to ensure local staff can facilitate participation in AEPP