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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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,  each farm receives one vote on policy issues. Everyone has an equal 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 Policy Process.

Organic Farmers Association Policy Director 

Patty Lovera joined Organic Farmers Association as Policy Director in 2020.  She brings decades of experience in grassroots organizing on farm and food issues and lobbying in Washington, D.C. as well as extensive knowledge of organic farm issues.

As Policy Director, Patty leads OFA policy work under the direction of the elected policy committee and coordinating closely with the Organic Farmers Association staff and Governing Council. Patty leads work on the farm bill, identifies Organic Farmers Association farmer members’ policy priorities, connects members with Congressional leaders, and ensures that our federal policies help support thriving independent organic farmers.

Organic Farmers Association Policy Committee

Farmers – Voting

California Region Farmer Representatives
Kenneth Kimes, Farmer
Greensward/New Natives, LLC, Aptos, CA

Mark McAfee, Farmer
Organic Pastures, Fresno, CA

Midwest Region Farmer Representatives
Michael Adsit, Farmer
Plymouth Orchards & Cider Mill, Plymouth, MI

Dave Campbell, Farmer
Lily Lake Organic Farm, Maple Park, IL

Western Region Farmer Representatives
Nate Lewis, Farmer
Oyster Bay Farm, Olympia, WA

Pryor Garnett, Farmer
Garnetts Red Prairie Farm, Sheridan, OR

Southern Region Farmer Representatives
Laura Freeman, Farmer
Mt. Folly Farm, Winchester, KY

Jennifer Taylor, Farmer
Lola’s Organic Farm, Glenwood, GA

North Central Region Farmer Representatives
DeEtta Bilek, Farmer
Tom and DeEtta Bilek Farm, Aldrich, MN

Harriet Behar, Farmer
Sweet Springs Farm, Gay Mills, WI

Northeast Region Farmer Representatives
Luke Gianforte, Farmer
Gianforte Farm, Cazenovia, NY

Dave Chapman, Farmer
Long Wind Farm, Easy Thetford, VT

Advisory – Non-Voting

California Region Organization Representative
David Runsten, Policy Director
Community Alliance with Family Farmers, Davis, CA

Midwest Region Organization Representative
Molly Gleason, Communications Director
Illinois Stewardship Alliance, Springfield, IL

Western Region Organization Representative
Cara Loriz, Executive Director,
Organic Seed Alliance, Port Townsend, WA

Southern Region Organization Representative
Michael Sligh, Program Director
Rural Advancement Foundation International, Pittsboro, NC

North Central Region Organization Representative
Roz Lehman, Executive Director
Iowa Organic Association, Ames, IA

Northeast Region Organization Representative
Maddie Kempner, Policy Director
NOFA-VT, Richmond, VT