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Advocacy Toolkit: Resources for Taking Action

Current Action Alerts


Don't Let it BE!

Do you know what BE stands for?  Not too many people do and that makes it a questionable choice for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) label for genetically engineered (GE) foods, especially when accompanied by the brightly colored sunshine smiley face symbol that is being proposed. 

Your voice is needed now!  The deadline to comment on these pro-tech labels is July 3.

You can find details on the problems with the USDA's bioengineered food disclosure standards along with how to comment here

Sign a Petition in Support of the Local FARMS Act
  
Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), along with Representatives Chellie Pingree (D-ME), Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE), and Sean Maloney (D-NY) recently introduced the Local Food and Regional Market Supply Act (the Local FARMS Act). The Local FARMS Act helps communities prosper through farm-to-fork investments. This legislation supports job creation by improving programs and policies that grow local and regional food economies, help family farmers reach new markets, and improve consumer access to fresh, healthy food.
  
Vital programs are set to expire in September 2018 without this bill. Sign a petition today and tell Congress you support the Local FARMS Act.
   
Don't Let Big Ag and Congress Chicken Out On New Animal Welfare Rules
   
Call your member of Congress and ask them to support strong organic animal welfare standards. Ask to speak with their Legislative Assistant who handles agriculture, let them know that you are a constituent, and tell them you are calling to ask for their support for the new organic animal welfare rules. You can refer to these talking points.
    
After making the call, send a quick email to the Legislative Assistant you spoke to, thanking them for the call, and reiterating your support for the new rules. Then send a copy of the email to us at policy@oeffa.org.

OEFFA Resources

Be a strong advocate for the issues you care about. Read OEFFA's 2018 state and federal policy priorities and contact your legislator to see where they stand on matters affecting organic and sustainable farming, regional food systems, and environmental stewardship.
 
As you advocate for organic agriculture, use these Highlights from the 2016 Certified Organic Survey: Ohio in Context to share information about the importance of this growing industry with your representatives. Find more information about organic in these these factsheets: 12 Reasons to Buy Local and Organic Factsheet and Understanding Organic: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions Factsheet.
  
One of the best ways you can make a difference without leaving home is by writing a letter to the editor of your local paper. This Letter to the Editor Writing Guide will explain how you can put together a brief but impactful letter on food and agricultural issues.
  
If you're ready to take the next step in advocating for your issue, you can set up a meeting with one or more of your legislators. Check out our factsheet on Making Your Voice Heard: How to Meet with Your Legislator and Advocate for the Issues You Care About or watch this webinar for some good background information on the many ways you can be an effective advocate: Advocacy: What, Why, and How. Watch it below. Then, give us a call and we can help with setting up meetings and may have staff available to attend with you!


Farm Bill Resources
   
Work on the next Farm Bill has already started! While bringing about improvements in the largest piece of food and farm legislation is often slow work, we have seen tremendous improvements over time. To keep things moving forward, we need you to share your thoughts on what is working and what needs to be improved. Take a look at these resources and then contact OEFFA to get more involved.
  
Opportunities for the Next Farm Bill PowerPoint—Find out about the history and structure of the Farm Bill, the money that has come into Ohio to support local food systems, and how to engage.

Improving the Farm Safety Net Factsheet (coming soon!)
   
 
 If you would like to get the latest farm bill information and actions, send an email to: policy@oeffa.org.
  
Genetically Engineered Food Resources

   

  

Fracking Resources

  

      

OEFFA Farm Policy Matters News Bulletin Archives

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August 2018 November 2017
July 2018 October 2017
June 2018 September 2017
May 2018 August 2017
April 2018 July 2017
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Other Online Resources

Carolina Farm Stewardship Alliance—CFSA has created a short video that walks you through the steps of how to make an effective call to your legislator. Watch it below.

Congress Lookup—Find your Congressional Representative quickly using your address and zip code. This requires your four digit zip code extension that can be obtained through the U.S. Postal Service here.

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition—NSAC offers an online advocacy toolkit which includes information about visiting, calling, and writing your member of Congress, writing effective op-eds, and an overview of the federal legislative process.

National Organic Program—Find information about the administration of organics including the National Organic Standards Board which provides oversight and recommendations and holds two public meetings each year that provide an opportunity for public comment.

National Organic Coalition—This national alliance of organizations works to provide a voice in Washington for farmers, ranchers, environmentalists, consumers, and industry members involved in organic agriculture.

Food Policy Action—Food Policy Action provides information on how members of Congress have voted on food and agricultural issues.

Ohio General Assembly—The Ohio General Assembly's website allows users to find their legislator and to find and track bills by bill number, sponsor, or keyword.

Ohio Environmental Council—The OEC offers an online advocacy toolkit which includes information about lobbying, writing and calling lawmakers, setting up lobby visits, writing Letters to the Editor, writing Op-Eds, and how to prepare and give testimony. They also organize a yearly Environmental Lobby Day.

Ohio Legislative Guidebook—The Ohio Legislative Service Commission has compiled an in-depth summary the Ohio lawmaking process and information about state government.

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