Federal Policy Setting Process


We are gearing up for implementation of the Young Farmers Federal Policy Setting Process this year! Ready to get involved? Here are some opportunities to engage in this important work: 

1. Vote for the Young Farmers Policy Committee by March 30th!

Click your region and affinity group(s) below to vote!

Please only vote for representatives from the region and affinity group(s) with which you identify, for example only Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color (BIPOC) members from the midwest can vote for the “Midwest BIPOC” representative. You must be a current dues paying member to vote. 

Northeast  (Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C.)

Southeast (West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana, Florida)

Midwest (Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota)

Northwest (Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Hawaii)

Southwest (Colorado, Utah, Nevada, California, Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona)

Midwest BIPOC 

Southwest BIPOC 



You may have noticed that there are only Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) forms for two regions – we only had one nomination for the Southeast BIPOC Representative and the Northwest BIPOC Representative, so we don’t need to vote for those regions! Similarly, we only received one nomination for the LGBTQ+ and the Veterans Representatives Congratulations to you all along with the SE and NW BIPOC nominees. A formal announcement for all Policy Committee members will go out the week of the 30th.


The proposal for Young Farmers’ new federal policy setting process includes the creation of a policy committee made up of 15 dues-paying representatives–10 regional members (1 open seat for each region and 1 BIPOC seat for each region) and 5 representatives from Young Farmers new affinity groups–and 1 non-voting board liaison. 

We will be holding self-nominations throughout the month of February, followed by regional and affinity group voting during the first two weeks of March. Positions will be offered to serve for 1.5 or 2.5 years to stagger turnover. The Policy Committee will meet quarterly beginning the last Monday in April. The Committee will be responsible for providing guidance on the design and feasibility of the policy survey and the development of the platform based on the results of the policy survey and policy meetings. 


2. Take the National Policy Survey by April 30th

Guide the Policy Committee members you elected in setting our federal policy priorities!


Take the Survey!


Need to know more about the federal policy setting process before getting involved? 


Since the process will run on a timeline based on the Congressional calendar, the first policy committee will serve at least through the second year of the 116th Congress (2020) and the majority of the first year of the 117th Congress (2021). 

During implementation year 1 (2020), Young Farmers staff and the Policy Committee will work together to analyze the results of the survey and policy meetings, assemble the new federal policy platform and present it (along with the results of the survey and meetings) at Convergence, and put the platform components up to a vote by the Coalition’s membership. 

Implementation year 2 (2021) will include implementation of the platform in DC, analysis of the results of annual policy meetings, survey design for the following year, and conducting a listening session on the process itself at Convergence.  

Read the Full Proposal!

If you have any questions about the above, please reach out to Michelle at hughes@youngfarmers.org


Watch the policy process presentation at Convergence 2019

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