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Advocacy Toolkit: Resources for Taking Action

Current Action Alerts

Take Action to Reduce Pesticides in Our Food
Contact the DeWine Administration and the Ohio Department of Agriculture and ask them to increase their support for organic agriculture. In February, Friends of the Earth, OEFFA, and other organizations released a new report, "Toxic Secret," exposing how widespread pesticide residues are in our food. Organic agriculture provides an alternative that's healthier for our families, our environment, and our rural communities. Read a summary of the report here.

Stop Oxford from Mining the Dreams of Ohio's Beginning Farmers
Contact the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and tell them to reject permit applications from Oxford Mining Company to strip mine more than 500 acres of the Perry State Forest. This proposed coal mine threatens nearby farms, damages our public land, harms nearby residents, and could leave Ohio taxpayers with the clean up bill.

OEFFA Resources

Be a strong advocate for the issues you care about. Read OEFFA's 2019 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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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.

National Organic Action Plan—NOAP articulates a vision for the future of organic food and agriculture in the U.S.

Land Stewardship Project—This nonprofit works to foster an ethic of stewardship for farmland.

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

FrackTracker Alliance—This nonprofit provides data, analysis, maps, and other tools to help the public understand the harms posed by hydrocarbon extraction.

Food & Water Watch—This nonprofit champions healthy food and clean water.

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.

Organic Farming Research Foundation—OFRF cultivates organic research, education, and federal policies that bring more farmers and acreage into organic production.

The Ohio Environmental Council—OEC works for pragmatic solutions to keep Ohio clean and beautiful and our communities safe.

Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project—This nonprofit supports members of the public who believe their health has been, or could be, impacted by fracking.

Investment Fund
OEFFA Policy
Growers Resources
Apprentice Program