Policies for local producers

Federal programs and policies important to sustainable agriculture

Grassroots Guide to Federal Farm and Food Programs. This comprehensive, clear and interactive guide put together by the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) walks readers through dozens of federal programs and policies most important to sustainable agriculture and how they can be used by farmers, ranchers and grassroots organizations nationwide. The guide is organized into 9 chapters:

  • Beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers
  • Conservation and Environment
  • Credit and crop insurance, food safety
  • Local and regional food systems
  • Organic production
  • Renewable energy
  • Rural development
  • Sustainable and organic research

The Food and Agriculture Related Policies and Practices to Benefit Limited Resource Farmers report by the Community Food Security Coalition is an overview of state and local policy approaches to support limited resource farmers as well as examples of existing local government and non-governmental programs. Published in 2007.

Find more information about what community planning regulations can do to support local food systems here.

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