Policy & Advocacy

We know farmers markets struggle to stay connected to state and federal policy developments — let alone trying to influence policy. Our chances improve when we work together.

OFMA, as part of the benefits that we offer our members, stays connected to state and federal organizations that share our concern for farmers, community food security and other aspects of the food system.  We do this to stay informed and advocate where feasible.  See below to learn more about our historical successes and current action alerts, followed by links to some of our many policy partners.

OFMA Advocacy Efforts

In the past, OFMA has worked with our partners to help enact groundbreaking programs such as…

  • Oregon’s cottage food bill, which helped pave the way for many new value added producers to launch farmers-market-based businesses with a minimum of red tape.
  • Advocating for federal Farm Bill programs, such as the Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP), SNAP, Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP), and the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive Program (FINI).

We continue to work on state and federal issues that impact our members, their vendors and their customers, and are committed to alerting our members and partner organizations when their are opportunities for action! (See below for current action alerts)

Action Alerts

OFMA recently sent a letter to Oregon's congressional in support of the he Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) and others such as SNAP, Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP), and the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive Program (FINI). You can read a copy here. We will keep you updated as the Farm Bill progresses through Congress and let you know if there is an opportunity for further action!

There are no action alerts at this time.  We will reach out to our members as issues arise.

Policy Partners

We want to give a shout out to our partners in farmers market advocacy!  “Team work makes the dream work” as they say, and we couldn’t do anything without their collaborative efforts:

  • Oregon Grows Partnership — check out the list of partners who are working together to effect change in Oregon’s local food systems.  Many of our long-term statewide partners are members, and they are an excellent resource for statewide policy information.
  • The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition is often the best source for national policy affecting small farms and farm direct agriculture. Here is their blog.
  • Farmers Market Coalition works closely with NSAC and state organizations like OFMA, and has recently expanded their work in support of farmers-market-friendly federal policies.
  • The National Association of Farmers’ Market Nutrition Programs tracks legislative and regulatory issues involving both the WIC and Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Programs.