Federal Policy Setting Process


 Thanks to our membership, the new federal policy setting process passed by a landslide! We are now gearing up for implementation of the process for 2020. Ready to get involved? Here is a timeline of opportunities coming your way: 

1. Register for a policy meeting call for your region or affinity group, or lead one for your chapter or local young farmer group using our guidelines by April 30, 2020. Please only register for sessions appropriate to your location and identification.

Schedule of policy calls

Sunday 01/05/20 7pm ET: BIPOC Affinity Group Call 

Sunday 01/12/20 7pm ET: LGBTQ+ Affinity Group Call 

Wednesday 01/22/20 7pm ET: Northeast Regional Call 

Wednesday 01/29/20 7pm CT: Midwest Regional Call

Sunday 02/02/20 7pm ET: Veterans Affinity Group Call 

Wednesday 02/05/20 7pm ET: Southeast Regional Call 

Sunday 02/09/20 7pm ET: Women’s Affinity Group Call 

Wednesday 02/12/20 7pm PT: Northwest Regional Call

Sunday 02/16/20 7pm ET: At-Large Affinity Group Call 

Wednesday 02/19/20 7pm MT: Southwest Regional Call

Su 3/1/20 7pm ET: BIPOC Affinity Group Call

2. Self-nominate for the first Policy Committee at the start of February. 

3. Take the National Policy Survey in March. 

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


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 begin meeting during the last Sunday of every month beginning 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. 


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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