Food and Farming Questions for Candidates: Your Election Year Resource
As elections approach, you have a powerful opportunity to advance the food and agriculture issues you care about. OEFFA has developed a Food and Farming Questions for Candidates Guide, which identifies key policy issues, and provides important background information and sample questions that you can use as you attend state or federal candidate debates, forums, and town hall meetings; meet with legislators, or call candidate offices.
The sooner candidates learn about organic agriculture and local and regional food systems and that their constituents care about these issues, the more likely they will be to support sustainable agriculture policies after they are elected. Finding out where candidates stand on farm issues that matter to you can also help you make educated decisions about which candidates to support. Further, public discourse about these issues can increase awareness and help to hold elected officials accountable to their campaign pledges.
The guide covers local food systems, genetic engineering, fracking, injection wells, climate change, the Farm Bill, crop insurance, and water quality issues, and will help you put food and agriculture issues on the political agenda and identify candidates’ positions.
This election cycle is an important one. Not only will we will elect a new president, but Ohio voters will choose representatives for 16 U.S. House seats, one U.S. Senate seat, 99 Ohio House seats, and 16 Ohio Senate seats.
OEFFA surveyed candidates for state and federal House and Senate seats using the questions in the guide. To see if your candidate responsed to the survey and how they answered:
Confirm your state and federal district. Find your federal district and candidates here. Find your state legislative districts here. To learn more about candidates for state and federal office in Ohio, Ballotpedia has detailed information about who will be on your ballot in November.
See if and how your candidate responded. Click here for a document which includes all federal candidate responses to OEFFA's survey. Click here for all state level candidate responses.
Engage with the candidates. Did your local candidates not respond? Do you want to dig deeper? Find a listing of candidate nights and forums on OEFFA's event calendar.
For more information, or to request print copies to distribute, contact Amalie Lipstreu at (614) 421-2022 Ext. 208 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
New to this? Click here to access resources and information that will make it easy for you to make that call, have a productive meeting, or write about policy issues that are important to you.