Policy and Action

Staff from CISA, Berkshire Grown, and Northeast Harvest meet with Sen. Benjamin Downing.

Staff from CISA, Berkshire Grown, and Northeast Harvest meet with Sen. Benjamin Downing.

At CISA, we believe that public policy can play an important role in supporting local agriculture. We work with local, state, and national partners to support policies that work for New England farms and communities, and hold a seat on the Steering Committee of the Massachusetts Food Policy Alliance and serve on the Advisory Committee to the Massachusetts Food Policy Council. Like CISA’s Facebook page and/or sign up for our monthly email newsletter to keep informed of state and local policy actions and select national alerts.

Select a page from the menu to the right to read more about CISA’s current activities and priorities at the state level.

At the federal level, our national partners are now working on the next Farm Bill. The Farm Bill is an opportunity to maintain or introduce policies that impact the health, equity, and long-term economic and environmental sustainability of our farm and food system. You can visit our national partners’ websites and sign up for their action alerts or email newsletters if you want to learn more.

American Farmland Trust (AFT)
AFT is an organization dedicated to the conservation of farm and ranch land. They are focused on sustainable farming, healthy environmental practices and lasting rural landscapes.

Center for Rural Affairs
The Center for Rural Affiars advocates for social, environmental, and economic issues that affect rural America. Policy focused on: Rural Development in the Farm Bill; Microenterprise; Rural Health Policy; Livestock Markets, and; Clean Energy.

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC)
NSAC advocates for federal policy reform to advance the sustainability of agriculture, food systems, natural resources, and rural communities. NSAC also publishes in depth analyses of the Farm Bill, Conservation, Local and Regional Food Systems, and Food Safety.

New England Farmers Union (NEFU)
NEFU is the New England chapter of the National Farmers Union. They are a member-driven organization and advocate for federal policy that will benefit family farmers, fishermen, nurserymen, and cooperatives.

Northeast Organic Farming Association/ Massachusetts (NOFA/Mass)
NOFA/Mass advocates for sustainable agricultural policies that strengthen the resilience of our local communities. While primarily an educational organization, our policy team works on issues as diverse as organic standards, food system transparency, and reducing burdensome regulations on farmers.

Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (NESAWG)
NESAWG is the network maintains an overview of the region’s movement on the local, state and regional level towards a more sustainable food system and guides their network members in advocacy to maximize their collective impact.

If you would like to volunteer to work on policy issues, contact Kelly Coleman, Program Director, at 413-665-7100.

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