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 issues important to your farm.

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We’re electing our Inaugural Policy Committee this September.

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 the organization will:

1) Solicit opinions from all U.S. certified organic operations and Organization members annually, including policy position proposals.

2) Draft policy statements. Ultimately, Farmer Members will vote.

3)  For a position to become adopted as Organic Farmers Association 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.

Policy Committee- ELECTIONS SEPTEMBER 2017

OFA maintains an elected Policy Committee made up of 12 voting certified organic farmer members (2 from each region) and six advisory organizational members (one from each region).  The nominations and election of the Policy Committee shall take place annually.  Nominees are solicited from the OFA membership.  OFA farmer members elect members of the Policy Committee by direct vote.

Inaugural Policy Committee:

  • Please nominate individuals for the OFA Policy Committee by September 12 using the form below
  • Final ballots will be emailed to OFA Farm Members on September 13. Voting will close September 27.
View Current Nominees (PDF)