We advocate for fair policies that encourage organic production by serving on various local, state and national committees.
Harriet Behar, a MOSES Organic Specialist, attends the biannual meetings of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) to ensure that organic farmers have a voice in shaping the rules. She has served on an adhoc committee for the NOSB.
Harriet currently serves on the Research and Extension and Food Integrity committees for the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, and on the Wisconsin Organic Advisory Council and the Wisconsin NRCS State Technical Committee.
Harriet also helps interpret U.S. organic rules for legal cases involving organic farmers.
Harriet and Executive Director Faye Jones represent MOSES on the National Organic Coalition and the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition.
Our Policy Partners
NOC is a national alliance of organizations working to provide a “Washington voice” for farmers, ranchers, environmentalists, consumers and progressive industry members involved in organic agriculture.
Sign up for their e-newsletter for important policy updates and action alerts. This coalition is a great source for understanding Farm Bill legislation and implementation, the new Food Safety legislation, and more.
- Land Stewardship Project (LSP)
The Land Stewardship Project periodically sends out Action Alerts that describe how citizens can make their voices heard on critical issues related to family farming, the environment and our rural communities.
Sign up for the monthly newsletter, the Fields Report, to find Action Alert updates and steps on what you can do to help force the government to advance sustainable agriculture in your community. Have questions? Contact Margaret Krome, Program Director of Public Policy.
- Center for Rural Affairs (CFRA)
Located in Nebraska with a national focus, their mission it is to establish strong rural communities, social and economic justice, environmental stewardship, and genuine opportunity for all while engaging people in decisions that affect the quality of their lives and the future of their communities. Check their website for a wide variety of regional and national policy discussions and actions affecting rural America.
Recognizing the immense impact government programs have in shaping modern agriculture, PFI staff and members interact with legislators and regulators to advocate for sensible agricultural policy. Contact Sarah Carlson at (515) 232-5661.
- The Rural Advancement Foundation International – USA (RAFI)
RAFI cultivates markets, policies and communities that support thriving, socially just and environmentally-sound family farms.
Sign up to receive free, periodic policy updates through OFRF’s Organic Farmers Action Network (OFAN). OFAN will keep you informed about federal policy issues that directly affect organic farmers and will help you effectively communicate with Congress on relevant policy issues.
- National Organic Action Plan (NOAP)
The NOAP project articulates a vision for the future of organic food and agriculture in the United States. It engages collaborators from across the organic community.
Brings together public and private resources to promote Wisconsin’s national leadership position in organic agriculture. By advising the Secretary of the Wisconsin Dept. of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection and other organizations on critical organic issues, the council supports organic production, processing, and purchasing opportunities for Wisconsin farmers, processors, and consumers. Visit their website to read the latest updates and newsletters.