Good public policy is foundational to a resilient, healthy, and vibrant agricultural system.
The Midwest Row Crop Collaborative has identified the following priorities its members would like policy makers at both the federal and state levels to consider when making decisions that affect farmers’ ability to productively engage in agronomic and conservation practices.
- Accelerate in-field and edge-of-field conservation practices that improve water quality and soil health, including locally-driven adoption of existing and innovative practices.
- Strengthen soil health and water quality research and data collection to improve the adoption of conservation practices, impact of on-farm conservation practices, and measurement of outcomes. Incorporate the latest science and conservation technologies into program implementation.
- Improve opportunities for public-private partnerships to drive implementation of conservation practices. Public-private partnerships should increase availability of incentives to farmers to overcome cost, risk, or learning-curve barriers to adoption of conservation measures.
Our policy activities include:
- Working with policy staff of member organizations and sustainable agriculture policy experts to identify policy priorities within the scope of soil health, water, climate, and supply chain resilience.
- Using the power of members’ collective voice to engage in sustainable agriculture policy efforts.
- Engaging with near-term and long-term policy opportunities aligned with the Collaborative’s vision and mission.
- Maintaining a dialogue between members and policy stakeholders through virtual and in-person gatherings.