In addition to Farm Aid’s work throughout the year to build a thriving family farm-centered system of agriculture, Farm Aid funds family farm and rural service organizations through our annual grant program. We view our grantees around the country as critical on-the-ground partners in the movement to keep family farmers on the land, producing good food for all.
In 2022, Farm Aid granted nearly $1.2 million!
Farm Aid made grants totaling $1,187,100 in 2022, the majority of which were made during the month of December to 88 family farm, rural service and urban agriculture organizations in 37 states and the District of Columbia. Grants ranged from $2,500 to $50,000. Farm Aid’s grantmaking priorities for 2022 included work that supports family farmers, that works to achieve racial equity and social justice, that prioritizes farmer-led solutions to climate change, and that builds power for systemic change in our farm and food system.
Farm Aid’s grantmaking process is a collaborative one that allows all Farm Aid staff members to participate. This annual process enables Farm Aid staff to understand, witness and support the good work that is going on all across the country to support family farmers, fight for equity and justice, and empower rural communities.
“Thanks to the continued generosity of supporters from across the country, today Farm Aid is able to send critical funds to hardworking organizations who share Farm Aid’s mission. The real power of Farm Aid’s grants is in the network of changemakers they knit together, in cities and rural areas across this country, who are working to build an equitable and sustainable farm and food system for us all.”
— Willie Nelson
In 2022, Farm Aid invested funds in programs that:
- Help farm families stay on the land with crisis support to farmers in the form of farm advocates, legal support, mental health & social services, hotlines, emergency funds, and more;
- Build farmer power to advance policy solutions like dairy supply management, fair pricing, fair access to credit, and anti-trust policies that will advance long-lasting structural change;
- Develop resilient systems of agriculture, advance on-farm climate change mitigation and adaption practices and advance farm-based solutions to climate change in state and federal policy;
- Address systemic inequities in the farm and food system, specifically for farmers of color;
- Advance rural organizing and community-building strategies;
- Dismantle corporate control in agriculture and advance democratic power-building for farmers;
- Stop the establishment or expansion of factory farms and advance state and federal policies that protect local communities and ecologies from the impact of factory farms;
- Build and strengthen local and regional food systems and raise awareness of their value;
- Enhance access to good food in low-income and food-insecure communities by building relationships between family farmers, youth and community members;
- Recruit and train beginning farmers—both rural and urban—and increase their access to farmland; and
- Support farmer transition to organic, sustainable and regenerative farming techniques.
Additionally, Farm Aid made grants in the following areas of work:
Farm Aid Emergency Grants
Emergency grants totaling more than $42,500 were made to farm families to cover essential household expenses. These $500 grants are recommended on a case-by-case basis by Farm Aid hotline managers who operate the 1-800-FARM-AID hotline and connect farmers with helpful services, resources and opportunities specific to their individual needs.
Farm Aid Disaster Grants
$15,000 assisted farm and ranch families impacted by record historic flooding in Kentucky and $25,000 assisted farmers recovering from a destructive hurricane in Puerto Rico. A $12,000 grant to Maine Organic Farmers and Growers Association (MOFGA) helped them administer emergency funding to farms as a replacement for lost business income due to contamination of their soil and water by widely used, long lasting chemicals called per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (known as PFAS).
Strategic grants totaling $67,000 enabled long-term Farm Aid partners to address pressing needs or take advantage of unique opportunities to advance family farm agriculture. $50,000 went to Farmers Legal Action Group to provide legal support and analysis and policy development to create transformational change in support of family farmers, racial equity and environmental/climate justice. $12,000 was granted to Land Stewardship Project to fight a factory farm in Winona County, Minnesota. $5,000 went to Rural Advancement Foundation International – USA (RAFI-USA) to develop Farmer Advocate Training tools and Resources.
Growing the Good Food Movement
Creating and implementing innovative programs that build local and regional food systems and connect farmers directly to consumers.
The Appalachian Center for Economic Networks, Athens, OH: $10,000 to support the peer exchange of Appalachian Ohio family farmers, beginning farmers, women, veteran and socially disadvantaged farmers so that they can present, share and learn from one another. And to tell the story of their contributions as innovators of regenerative and diversified agriculture and champions of climate smart value chains in the regional food economy.
Appalachian Sustainable Development, Duffield, VA: $10,000 to support a project to build a demonstration farm to serve as a production and training space for ASD’s mission to build a thriving regional food and agriculture system that creates healthy communities, respects the planet, and cultivates profitable opportunities for Appalachians.
CitySeed, New Haven, CT: $10,000 to support CitySeed’s network of farmers markets that bring local food directly to New Haven neighborhoods while supporting economic viability for 60 local Connecticut farms and food businesses.
Farm Fresh Rhode Island, Providence, RI: $10,000 for efforts to create strong local markets for regional farms via the management of six farmers markets, a wholesale/retail aggregation and distribution program, on-farm gleaning and a small-scale production kitchen.
Grow Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA: $10,000 to support increased fresh food production and distribution across Allegheny County through urban farms, urban agriculture education, and school and community gardens.
GrowNYC, New York, NY: $10,000 to provide access to healthy, fresh, locally grown food for all New Yorkers, particularly for the most vulnerable communities, and to support more than 250 regional family farms in the Northeast.
The Livestock Institute of Southern New England, Westport, MA: $10,000 to expand efforts to combat climate change through their new farm to school wholesale meat program and land access and farm labor management initiative. The program includes soil and water conservation work, offering free baleage and/or soil testing and assessment to the regions’ livestock farms.
Mino Bimaadiziiwin Tribal Farm (Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa), Bayfield, WI: $10,000 to support increased food access by continuing to offer a sliding scale CSA payment model and continuing to provide fully subsidized weekly CSA shares to elderly members of the Red Cliff Band.
Powder River Basin Resource Council, Sheridan, WY, $10,000 to support a project that increases the market for independent food producers while increasing access to healthy, local foods for underserved populations; and increases the number of Northeast Wyoming producers utilizing soil health and regenerative agriculture processes for increased local food production and climate resilience.
Western Colorado Alliance for Community Action, Grand Junction, CO: $10,000 to build productive and lasting relationships between the next generation of producers and consumers while inspiring them to engage in practices that support regenerative agriculture, enhanced soil health and water conservation.
Helping Farmers Thrive
Providing farmers with support and resources to start farming, transition to more sustainable farming practices and/or continue farming in the face of financial crises and/or natural disasters.
Agricultural Justice Project, Gainesville, FL: $10,000 to provide tools, resources, trainings, and one-on-one technical assistance designed to support fair and just farm employment practices and tools for negotiating for fair pricing and contracts with buyers, as well as a 3rd-party Food Justice Certification label that can differentiate farm products and attract customers who increasingly demonstrate concern for social justice and farmworker rights.
Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association, Salinas, CA: $10,000 to educate 40 aspiring farmers and young agriculture professionals in organic farm management, and to incubate another 40 farm enterprises on their 100-acre organic farm.
Alabama Sustainable Agriculture Network, Birmingham, AL: $10,000 to build farmer leadership, peer mentorship, and grassroots power in Alabama to make systemic change towards a more just and resilient agricultural system.
Angelic Organics Learning Center, Caledonia, IL: $10,000 to support three program initiatives aimed at creating food system change in the upper Midwest. Farmer Training Initiative provides sustainable farmers with farmer-led business and production training programs essential for establishing successful businesses. The Urban Initiative links food production, job-readiness training, leadership development, and community education for disinvested communities. The On-Farm Initiative develops the next generation of consumers ensuring the demand for sustainably produced food will continue to open and improve markets for sustainable farmers.
The Carrot Project, Boston, MA: $10,000 to promote a just, equitable, and vibrant farming system by providing business technical assistance to agricultural entrepreneurs, particularly those from historically marginalized communities.
Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture, South Deerfield, MA, $10,000 to increase the resilience of local farms in the face of a rapidly changing climate. will help share farmer-driven solutions and adaptations and help shape policies and programs to assist farms in implementing climate-smart practices.
Connecticut Farmland Trust, Hartford, CT: $10,000 to support the next generation of farmers starting their farming careers in Connecticut via easements and the facilitation of partnerships between new farmers and farmland owners.
Cultivate Kansas City, Kansas City, MO: $10,000 to grow food, farms, and community in support of a sustainable and healthy local food system for all.
Dreaming Out Loud, Washington, DC: $10,000 to support the Urban Farm and Food Hub Operations along with the DREAM Black Food Fund Initiative. These projects serve as a conduit for the creation of an integrated pipeline of revenue generating farms and employment opportunities.
Farmworker Association of Florida, Apopka, FL: $10,000 to support the Building Local Food Systems (BLFS) in Farmworker Communities program, which engages farmworkers and prospective farmers in rural communities in central and south FloridaBLFS aims to increase small-scale food production in farmworker communities, increase low-income community members’ access to and consumption of affordable, naturally produced/organic foods; and raise awareness about the importance of producing and consuming fruits and vegetables that are locally grown, using methods that conserve natural resources.
The Food Group, New Hope, MN: $10,000 for land-based organic and sustainable agriculture education for farmers who have historically been underrepresented in farm ownership, including BIPOC, women, and New American farmers. Program participants receive classroom education, hands-on support, access to resources and land, and assistance with distributing and selling produce.
Food Works, Carbondale, IL: $10,000 to support peer-to-peer sustainable farming education and networking opportunities that help beginning and established farmers build resilient farms and contribute to the growth of a sustainable farming economy in Southern Illinois.
Green Village Initiative, Bridgeport, CT: $10,000.00 to support work at the grassroots and state-wide levels to grow food, knowledge, leadership, and community to create a more just food system.
Holistic Management International, Albuquerque, NM: $10,000 to provide farmers with knowledge, skills, resources, and ongoing support to be successful in regenerative agriculture via Open Gate Field Days, Regenerative Agriculture workshops, online training and one-on-one support.
Intertribal Agriculture Council, Billings, MT: $20,000.00 to support the cost of developing a series of farm budget case studies to identify the financial savings and costs associated with regenerative agriculture practices on tribal farms and ranches.
KNOX, Hartford, CT: $10,000 for efforts to provide underemployed, beginning farmers with land, training, mentoring, and connections to enter careers as farmers in the agricultural industry or start their own farm-based businesses.
The Land Connection, Champaign, IL: $10,000 to support a project that helps improve the viability of early- and mid-career farmers by teaching the production, financial risk management, and business administration skills needed to grow environmentally and economically prosperous farms.
Land For Good, Keene, NH: $10,000 to provide individualized land access and farm transfer advising, coaching and referral services to beginning, established, and transitioning farmers and farm families in New England.
Local Food Hub, Charlottesville, VA: $10,000 to support work that increases market access for and meets the unique needs of Black farmers through a farmer-driven Virginia Black Farmer Directory, minority-farm-focused support services, and the implementation of an annual gathering of Black farmers.
Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, Unity, ME: $10,000 to strengthen the resiliency of Maine farmers facing the exigencies of climate change, issues of equity and social justice in the food system, economic uncertainty, and unexpected crises like COVID, loss of dairy contracts, and PFAS.
Marbleseed, Spring Valley, WI: $10,000 to bolster the Grow Organic Program, which fosters farmer-to-farmer engagement, uplifts farmer-led events, and provides relevant and timely resources for the organic farming community, to both strengthen our current sustainable farming movement and empower the next generation of organic farmers.
Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, East Troy, WI: $10,000 to continue offering free advising about funding resources, informing Midwest farmers, especially underserved farmers, about federal, state, and private funding resources.
The National Center for Appropriate Technology, Butte, MT: $10,000 to provide hands-on technical assistance to small-scale farmers, beginning and new farmers, socially disadvantaged farmers, farmers of color, and military veterans who are starting and managing farm businesses.
Nebraska Rural Response Council and Hotline, Lincoln, NE: $12,000 for baseline support of the administration costs of the Nebraska Rural Response Hotline sponsored by the Nebraska Rural Response Council, which provides emergency food pantry assistance, AgrAgility for families impacted by disabilities, farm finance, bookkeeping, and legal counseling and representation, mediation services, and mental health vouchers.
New Entry Sustainable Farming Project, Beverly, MA: $10,000 for efforts to foster resilience in local, regional and national food systems by training a new generation of farmers to produce food that is nutritious, culturally connected and accessible to all individuals.
North American Marine Alliance, Gloucester, MA: $5,000 to fight the corporate takeover of the ocean by building a broad fishermen-led movement toward healthy fisheries, fishing communities, and seafood systems.
North Carolina Association of Black Lawyers Land Loss Prevention Project, Durham, N.C, $20,000 to support robust legal representation, technical assistance, and policy advocacy to preserve land tenure and farm businesses, advance sustainability, and promote greater equity in and access to farm programs for BIPOC and limited resource producers.
Operation Spring Plant, Oxford, NC: $10,000 to support BIPOC and other small family farmers with education and funding that can assist them in clearing hurdles on the path to successfully growing and marketing healthy food while caring for the environment.
Practical Farmers of Iowa, Ames, IA: $10,000 to support PFI’s 1 new Latino Engagement Coordinator, developing connections with and among Latinos around Iowa who are already farming, interested in getting started, or are looking for connections within the food and ag community.
The Quivira Coalition, Santa Fe, NM: $10,000 to build resilience on working agricultural lands by providing apprenticeships for the next generation of regenerative ranchers; providing technical assistance for ranchers and farmers looking to improve soil health, develop drought resilience, and combat climate change; and building a community of practice around agriculture that addresses ecological, economic, and social challenges in the western US.
Red Tomato, Providence, RI: $10,000 to build a market position for Eastern-US, local, ecologically grown, and EcoCertified crops that is recognized and well-understood by ‘thought leaders,’ produce category managers, decision makers and eaters.
Rogue Farm Corps, Portland, OR: $10,000 to help build a more equitable, climate resilient, and economically viable agricultural system in Oregon via in-depth educational programs in sustainable agriculture and business planning, and collaborations with partners to address systemic barriers facing the next generation of farmers.
The Southwest Georgia Project, Albany, GA: $12,000 to finalize the planning process for the development of a community hub that will provide an anchor market for black farmers and increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables for marginalized communities and institutions in southwest Georgia.
Sustainable Food Center, Austin, TX: $10,000 to support SFC’s Farm Viability efforts, which tailor resources; provide vital sales outlets; and foster local, equitable value chains for small and midsize agricultural producers to build demand for local products, support Texas farmers, and strengthen the resilience and sustainability of the local food economy.
The Veteran’s Farm of North Carolina, Cameron, NC: $10,000 to add additional training opportunities in horticulture, viticulture, and olericulture, creating therapeutic gardening models and profitable farming options for veterans.
Transplanting Traditions Community Farm, Chapel Hill, NC: $10,000 to support the sustainability of refugee farmers’ businesses, increase access by refugee and immigrant communities to culturally significant food, and offer leadership development programs.
Uprooted and Rising, St. Louis, MO: $10,000 to support the needs of small-scale producers wanting to move towards institutional markets, facilitating connections and negotiations between colleges and universities and local producers while supplying farmers with the materials, infrastructure, certifications, and other resources required to scale to meet their procurement needs.
West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition, Charleston, WV: $10,000 for efforts to engage, support and advocate with and on behalf of West Virginia farmers and food business owners fighting for agricultural and food system change at the West Virginia state legislature. These efforts lead to long-term farm viability and sustainability in the Mountain State.
Taking Action to Change the System
Working to promote fair farm policies and/or grassroots organizing campaigns to defend and bolster family farm agriculture on a local, regional or national level.
American Agriculture Movement, Accokeek, MD: $10,000 towards AAM Youth Ag Ambassador Program and general funds expenses providing education of the next generation of farmers and ranchers.
Animal Agriculture Reform Collaborative, Minneapolis, MN: $10,000 to support movement-building strategies that fight for a just food and farm system where we invest in sustainable, independent family farms to bolster rural economies, safe and dignified jobs to ensure future generations can live and thrive in their own communities, along with bold federal policies that foster fair markets.
California Climate & Agriculture Network, Sacramento, CA: $12,000 for educating and engaging farmers and other stakeholders in advancing policy solutions to accelerate the widespread adoption of practices that mitigate the climate crisis, enhance on-farm resilience, and deliver many other environmental, health and social justice benefits.
Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, Pittsboro, NC: $10,000 for efforts to continue to build a network of advocates through the NC Food System Advocacy Coalition (NCFSAC) that advocate for programs that support small and mid-size farmers, community food systems, food access, racial equity, and climate justice in the upcoming 2023 farm bill reauthorization.
Center for Rural Affairs, Lyons, NE: $10,000 to support advocacy efforts for Farm Bill programs that create new market opportunities for farmers and ranchers at local and regional levels.
Community Alliance with Family Farmers, Davis, CA, $10,000 to support an effort to protect family farms in the implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act in California.
Community Farm Alliance, Berea, KY: $10,000 to ensure Kentucky farmers continue to have a voice in the policies that impact them most, especially in the 2023 Federal Farm Bill, by facilitating grassroots dialogue, community organizing, and leadership development.
Dakota Resource Council, Bismarck, ND: $10,000 for efforts to efforts to build a system of agriculture that benefits all North Dakotans and values soil health, fair markets, local food, and strong rural communities.
Dakota Rural Action, Ancestral lands of the Oceti Sakowin (the Dakotas, South Dakota): $10,000 for efforts to stop Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) from being sited in rural South Dakota while supporting and establishing pasture-based regenerative systems.
Fair Farms, Takoma Park, MD: $10,000 to support an equity in farming campaign that advocates for state funding and regulation changes to increase investment and provide technical support and assistance to small and mid-sized diversified, regenerative farms, as well as working to increase land ownership for farmers of color.
Family Farm Defenders, Madison, WI: $10,000 to advocate food sovereignty, parity pricing for family farmers, climate justice for front-line communities, resisting land grabbing and further privatization of the commons (open source seeds, water, heritage livestock breeds, right to repair), as well as to bring about a just transition through promoting agroecology.
Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance, Cameron TX: $10,000 to promote systemic reform in agricultural policy that benefits independent family farms, racial equity, and agricultural resilience.
Farmers’ Legal Action Group, Saint Paul, MN: $30,000 to address legal needs of family farmers by: Providing free legal services to farmers in need, especially underserved/BIPOC farmers; guiding farmers and members of their rural communities through the provisions of new federal and state legislation designed to benefit them; ensuring that family farmers and their communities have access to federal assistance programs, including new initiatives built around racial justice and climate change; and advising USDA on opportunities to use existing but underutilized legislative and regulatory authority to benefit family farmers in areas of credit, disaster assistance, climate mitigation, and other areas.
Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund, East Point, GA: $50,000 for the continued development of the Black Farmer Art Exhibit and Memorial Project to continue to build awareness and mobilize around Black farmer, landowner and limited-resource cooperative issues in the rural south as well as memorializing the history, local leaders and strategies of the movement.
Friends of Family Farmers, Junction City, OR: $10,000 to build small farmer visibility in policy, energize supporters to participate in the 2023 Oregon Legislative Session, and build community member and food system coalitions to pass small farmer friendly policy in Oregon.
Georgia Organics, Atlanta, GA: $10,000 to invest in organic farmers for the health of our communities and the land, and work toward racial equity and climate solutions in agriculture.
Idaho Organization of Resource Councils, Boise, ID: $10,000 to support the Farmworker Justice Campaign working to build power within southwest Idaho farmworker communities to protect their health and safety due to the extreme working conditions often worsened by climate change and increased pesticide use.
Illinois Stewardship Alliance, Springfield, IL: $10,000 to train and empower local and regenerative farmers in organizing and change-making, and mobilize a broad base of eaters, to advance state and federal policies for just and regenerative food systems that build the health and wealth of Illinois communities.
Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, Minneapolis, MN: $10,000 to develop and advance a transformative farm policy framework at the national and state level in Minnesota that pays farmers fairly, responds to the climate crisis, and provides enough healthy food.
Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, Des Moines, IA: $10,000 to support grassroots organizing to protect family farms, rural communities, drinking water and the climate from the economic and environmental destruction caused by corporate factory farms.
Kansas Farmers Union, McPherson KS: $10,000 to further agricultural education and advocacy work for family farmers and rural communities in Kansas and across the nation.
Land Stewardship Project, Montevideo, MN: $12,000 to create transformational change in our food and farming system by fostering an ethic of stewardship for farmland, promoting sustainable agriculture, and developing healthy communities.
Missouri Rural Crisis Center, Columbia, MO: $12,000 to empower thousands of farm and rural families to become civically engaged at the local, state and national levels to address social and economic injustice in rural America through democratic engagement and advocacy.
National Family Farm Coalition, Washington, DC and Gloucester, MA: $20,000 to organize farmers, ranchers, and fishermen around policies that can build a food system free of corporate domination, economically just for all food providers, and accessible to all who need to eat.
National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, Washington, DC: $12,000 to organize opportunities for family farmers to be heard by decision makers and to inform the policies and investments made in the 2023 Farm Bill.
National Young Farmers Coalition, Albany, NY: $10,000 to equip young and BIPOC farmer leaders in our nationwide network with the resources, organizing, and policy advocacy infrastructure they need to drive structural change and win a more equitable future for US agriculture in the 2023 Farm Bill.
Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group, Providence, RI: $10,000 to lay the foundation of racial equity-focused organizational and regional transformation work that will include grassroots consultants, landscape assessments, sharing circles, regional gatherings, communications, partnerships development, translocal organizing, policy advocacy as well as internal organizational restructuring with the purpose of creating long-term sustainable food and farm systems change in the Northeast region.
The Northeast Organic Farming Association, with chapters in CT, MA, NH, NJ, NY, RI, VT: $15,000 to continue policy capacity building partnerships among state chapters to elevate the voices of northeast organic farmers in policy advocacy, particularly during the upcoming Farm Bill process.
Northern Plains Resource Council, Billings, MT: $10,000 to organize Montanans to advance soil health and protect family farms and ranches.
Ohio Ecological Food and Farming Association, Columbus, OH: $10,000 to support farmer engagement and leadership development to advance key Farm Bill priorities related to climate change, support for beginning and BIPOC farmers and consolidation.
Organic Farmers Association, Spirit Lake, IA, $10,000 for grassroots efforts to organize opportunities for domestic organic farmers to advocate for a more just and ecological food system that prioritizes organic production for its social and ecological benefits and expand access to organic food and farming to all communities.
Organic Farming Research Foundation, Santa Cruz, CA: $10,000 to increase organic acreage as a climate change solution through stronger investments in organic research, education, and federal policy.
Organic Seed Alliance, Port Townsend, WA: $10,000 for executing a Farm Bill campaign titled #LeadWithSeed to advocate for policies that decentralize power in the seed system, confront the climate crisis, increase investments in organic and sustainable agriculture research, and advance racial equity and social justice in seed, food, and farming systems.
Pasa Sustainable Agriculture, Harrisburg, PA: $10,000 to equip farmers with the knowledge, experience, and tools they need to operate financially viable, environmentally sustainable, and socially just farm businesses through education, training, community, and advocacy in the face of a changing climate, economic uncertainty, and shrinking viable markets.
Rural Advancement Foundation International – USA, Pittsboro, NC: $25,000 to improve racial equity, farm viability and sustainability, and create systemic change for small and mid-scale farmers.
Rural Coalition, Washington, DC: $15,000 for work toward policies that support an equitable and sustainable agriculture food system that builds ecological resilience, is beneficial to people of color, small farmers, rural and tribal communities, and moves away from extractive, vertically integrated food chains to restored systems of exchange within, between and among our communities to benefit people and the planet.
Rural Vermont, Montpelier VT: $10,000 for organizing, education, and advocacy to build an equitable, inclusive, and accessible farm and food web that provides just livelihoods for farmers and farmworkers, feeds everyone in our communities, and nourishes the land.
Socially Responsible Agriculture Project, Claymont, DE: $20,000 for work supporting rural residents, independent farmers and ranchers, and community groups across the United States through education, issue advocacy and organizing needed to protect rights to clean water, air, and soil and to a healthy, just, and vibrant food future.
Western Organization of Resource Councils Education Project, Billings, MT: $12,000 for an agriculture and food justice campaign to level the playing field for small and mid-sized independent producers, and advocate for farmer and rancher driven healthy soil initiatives and support essential farm workers in their fight against exploitation and unsafe working conditions.
Wisconsin Farmers Union, Chippewa Falls, WI: $10,000 to support the advancement of policy priorities highlighted by the grassroots membership of Wisconsin Farmers Union utilizing the levers of educational efforts, cooperative principles, and legislative advocacy promoting the wellbeing of rural communities and family farmers.