Policy Caucus Spaces Launch

Join us for the official launch of the OEFFA Policy Caucus Spaces! 

Caucuses are a way for us to work together and amplify the voices of farmers and other OEFFA members to affect change in state and federal policies. OEFFA’s caucuses provide a space for community discussion, planning, and strategizing for policy change.

Each caucus reflects ongoing policy priorities set by OEFFA members and will replace the previous farm bill workgroups:

  • Climate Change and Environmental Health: Advance climate resiliency and uplift agriculture as a solution to the climate crisis. Focuses on the various intersections of environmental health and agriculture.  
  • Local and Regional Food Systems: Identify and advocate for policy changes that can support local food infrastructure and processing systems. Invest in ways that regional and local food systems can keep money local, promote sustainability, and secure a resilient food system.
  • Farm and Farmer Viability: Breaking down barriers in farming to ensure accessibility for all, promote farmer resilience, and make certain that agricultural government programs work for everyone by creating a system that is fair, functional, and informed.
  • Consolidation: Address consolidation in food systems and advocate for policies that support small and medium farming operations. Looking at the overall ownership of agriculture systems and how the largest benefit the most.
  • Organic: Vigilantly safeguard organic integrity through action grounded in farmer experience and input. This group will be open to more than just organic farmers and will work towards supporting organic market infrastructure, access to technical assistance, and transitioning to organic through policy needs.

Learn more about each of the caucus spaces, their subcommittees, and how to get involved at one of our upcoming informational sessions!

Our first OEFFA Policy Caucus informational session will take place virtually on Sunday, May 19 from 3 to 4 p.m. Register here! (The Zoom link will be sent in your confirmation email)

Our second OEFFA Policy Caucus informational session will take place virtually on Tuesday, May 21 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Register here! (The Zoom link will be sent in your confirmation email)

We welcome any farmers, researchers, community members, and educators to participate in these caucus spaces. Each caucus will operate through the lenses of DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) and urban and rural agriculture, which are integral needs for all agriculture communities across Ohio. These groups will meet approximately four times a year, and the subcommittees will meet at group-determined times. 

If you have any questions or can’t make it to either session but still wish to join a caucus, please contact policy@oeffa.org.

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