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Organic Farming Association Policy Committee Nominees

OFA is excited to announce the our candidates for the first Organic Farmers Association Policy Committee. There is still time to nominate additional candidates from the floor during the next two weeks.

Certified organic farmers and organic farm organizations may still submit their nomination until COB Tuesday, September 12.

Only OFA farmer members will be eligible to vote on the final candidate slate, to be released on Wednesday, September 13. Voting will be open for two weeks and will close on Wednesday, September 27.  Join OFA today to be eligible to vote for policy representatives from your region.  

Click here to view current 2017 Policy Committees candidates

Policy is our priority.

Ever since George Washington established the National Agriculture Board back in 1799, government policy and agriculture have been closely connected. Policy impacts every step of an organic operation from farm to market, and it’s important for organic farmers to be represented. Today, organic is a $47 billion industry in the United States, and while farmers are busy running their operations, Washington, D.C. never sleeps. Organic Farmers Association works hard to be your representation on a national level on issue’s important to your farm.

One Farm One Vote

In our membership structure, every organic farm, and every organic farmer, is created equal. That means that regardless of the size of your operation you pay a flat rate for membership and receive one vote on policy issues. Everyone has a voice at the table.

For Organic Farmers, By Organic Farmers

Although OFA will seek input and collaboration with many stakeholders, ultimately only U.S. certified organic farm members receive a vote and set policy priorities. This allows OFA to truly represent the interests of organic farmers.

Our Policy Process At a Glance:

To set policy priorities for OFA, the organization will:

1) Solicit opinions from all U.S. certified organic operations and OFA Organization members annually, including policy position proposals.
2) OFA will draft policy statements. OFA Farmer Members will vote.
3)  For a position to become adopted as OFA policy, it must have 60% of the popular national vote and 60% popular support in at least two-thirds of the regions.

Click here to read the full draft policy procedure, urgent policy position process and process for letter sign-ons and action alerts. The draft policy process will be ratified by the Governing Council in 2018.