July 2021 🐝 What’s up in Food & Farming Policy?

How is is local food and farming being affected on a policy level?

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Dear Rebecca,

Welcome to the July 2021 edition of The Buzz. There is a great deal going on in the world of sustainable agriculture. Advocacy makes a big difference in how legislators vote on important policies, which is why I’m so proud to announce that the first cohort of CFSA’s new Member Advocacy Program (MAP) has graduated!

All of our participants did an incredible job. I want to use this space to mention CFSA members George Jones, Kara Rutter, Keith Sexton, and Dylan Turner, who really distinguished themselves as powerful advocates.

We’re excited to kick off the second cohort in August! Consider becoming a member if you’d like to hear when the third cohort application period opens.

On the federal policy side, we have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to impact the climate by adequately funding conservation programs that incentivize climate-friendly practices, research, and rural infrastructure. Our policy team, alongside our partners at the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, is advocating for the appropriation of $200 billion for climate and agriculture in the infrastructure bill currently being negotiated by Congress.

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Nick Wood, CFSA Advocacy Manager

It’s CFSA Membership Month!

“You guys are fighting for us. I’d say this to (anyone) considering membership: join! It could save your livelihood. It could be the best, most necessary experience of your life.”
– Paula Hall, owner of EdenSong Wheatgrass (Zebulon, NC)

As someone who cares about creating sustainable food systems in the Carolinas centered on local and organic agriculture, become a CFSA member to join the fight to help small, organic farms like Paula’s.

Special discount code for new members: NEWMEMBER2021


Here are the top reads from CFSA’s Policy Team

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Report Helps Counties Tackle Food Insecurity

The NC Association of County Commissioners (NCACC) recently released a report on food system resilience. Drafted by a task force led by current NCACC president Ronnie Smith from Martin County, the report focuses on the food insecurity challenges facing communities across the state. It emphasizes county support for more robust local and regional food systems as a critical solution.

This short article and video highlight the findings of the Food Resiliency Task Force and their recommendations on utilizing food hubs, cold storage, and transportation to improve food system resiliency and equity.

CFSA’s Policy Team consulted with the task force throughout the development of their report through our work on the Community Food Strategies Team. As a result, food council and CFSA members strongly informed their recommendations. NCACC even created this accompanying resource for counties related to American Rescue Plan spending on food systems improvements.

We are more than impressed with the commitment from NCACC to engage in deep food system change, and we are excited to support seeing these recommendations forward.