State Agricultural Policy & State Policy Councils

Tools to Mobilize Activists

Community Food Security Coalition: "How To" Resources for Food Policy Councils
This list of resources from the CFSC helps Food Policy Councils learn how to organize around key policy issues to create change in their communities.
http://www.foodsecurity.org/FPC/resources-media.html

 

Link to Farm Bill Advocacy Toolkit
Although aimed at helping with Federal Policy change, The Sustainable Agriculture Coalition has a wonderful Advocacy Toolkit that can also help create policy change at the state level. The Toolkit includes information on; making phone calls, writing emails, and faxed letters, writing an op-ed, running an effective campaign and "Framing Your Message."
http://www.msawg.org/farmbill-toolkit.html#phone

 

LiveWell Advocacy Program
According to the U.S. Surgeon General, obesity is the single greatest public health threat to the nation. In fact, poor nutrition and lack of physical activity are the second leading preventable causes of death in the United States AND in Colorado. The LiveWell Advocacy Program gives citizens the tools they need to work for policy change addressing obesity prevention.
http://www.livewellcolorado.org/advocacy

 

 

How to Contact State Representatives

Arizona State Legislature
http://www.azleg.gov/

 

Colorado State Legislature
http://www.leg.state.co.us/

 

New Mexico State Legislature
http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/

 

Utah State Legislature
http://www.le.state.ut.us/

 

 

What is a Food Policy Council?

Community Food Security Coalition: Food Policy Council Resources
http://foodsecurity.org/FPC/resources.html

 

 

Links to State-Wide Food Policy Councils in the Four Corners:

Colorado Food Systems Policy Working Group
A Food Systems Policy Working group has been formed in Colorado:

http://www.cofoodsystemscouncil.org/

 

New Mexico Food & Agriculture Policy Council
Contact: Pam Roy at (505) 473-1004 or pamelaroy.nm@gmail.com
http://www.farmtotablenm.org/policy/

 

 

Sample Policies worked on by State-wide Food Policy Councils

New Mexico Food & Agriculture Policy Council
http://www.farmtotablenm.org/programs/new-mexico-food-agriculture-policy-council/

 

National Farm to School Efforts: Media Coverage on Farm to School Policies that have been passed.
http://www.farmtoschool.org/medias.php

 

Food Policy Blueprint
LiveWell Colorado has developed a Food Policy Blueprint that seeks to identify the most pressing policy needs and opportunities to strengthen access to healthy foods in Colorado. To download the Food Policy Blueprint, please visit:
http://about.livewellcolorado.org/sites/default/files/final-food-policy-blueprint.pdf