The Food and Farming Network is a volunteer group, but we have deep connections into the policy-making apparatus of local, state and federal agencies. It is rare that we as a group put forth a position on a given policy. When we do, it’s usually done with an ad-hoc task force whose job it is to craft a position document representing the views of Network participants. Our policy-making efforts have garnered real results for northwest Michigan for the food and farming community at large.
Here are some important policy issues that have passed through our group.
The Farm Bill of 2014 Fact Sheets
- Farm Bill Title by Title Summary
- Farm Bill Disaster Assistance 2014
- Farm Bill Dairy Handout
- Farm Bill Conservation Handout
- Farm Bill Beginning Farmers Handout 2014
Network Comments on the Food Safety Modernization Act
The Northwest Michigan Food & Farming Network is comprised of leaders, organizations and businesses in the sectors of farming, health, economic development, land conservation, school food, retail and local food economy initiatives in a 10-county region in rural Michigan. The USDA requested public comment on the proposed FSMA. A small task-force of the Network created an official comment response to go on record in November of 2013. FFN FSMA Comments 11-14-13-1