Plate to Politics Trains Women at National Farmers Union’s Fall Legislative Fly-in

On September 11, 24 women attending National Farmers Union’s Fall Legislative Fly-in gathered for a two-hour Plate to Politics mini-workshop. At the organization’s most well-attended Fall Legislative Fly-In in over a decade, 350 Farmers Union members traveled to Washington, D.C., to advocate for stronger farm and food policy.

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Plate to Politics: Women Running for Office on Food and Farm Issues

I’ve spent several hours online perusing the profiles of inspiring women candidates running on platforms for an ecologically and socially just food system. You might have seen the recent article on Modern Farmer: Five Female Farmer Candidates to Watch in 2018. The following list is a compilation of candidates we have been notified about through our Plate to Politics workshops, and is not meant to be an endorsement of any specific candidate, rather an opportunity for you to see how other women are approaching their candidacy.

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Action Alert: Today is the day to make the Farm Bill more just!

The 2018 Farm Bill is on the move! The Senate version of the farm bill largely does right by sustainable agriculture, local food, beginning farmers and farmers of color, organics, and more. It is overall a step in the right direction on many issues. But our work’s not done yet! The bill also includes major corporate giveaways that make it harder for family-scale independent farmers and ranchers to succeed.

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USDA Diversity Day Highlights Women Ag. Outreach Groups, Recognizes Emmet/Palo Alto Women, Land & Legacy

In March I presented at the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s (NRCS) annual Diversity Day meeting, which this year highlighted women’s agricultural outreach groups (March was also Women’s History Month). Speaking to nearly 800 NRCS employees, my goal was to emphasize the immense positive impact Women, Land & Legacy and WFAN programs are having on Iowa’s women and, in effect, Iowa farmland.

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2018 WFAN Annual Conference Registration Open

The 2018 WFAN Annual Conference will be held Nov. 2 - 3 in Des Moines, IA, at the Holiday Inn Downtown. This year's conference theme is Stepping Into Action: Changing Foodscapes through Individual and Community Power. Our keynote speaker is returning generation farmer Aleya Fraser. She has been farming for the last 5 years on the ancestral lands of Harriet Tubman on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

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How I Lead: Patty Edelburg Elected Vice President of National Farmers Union

In a short conversation with Patty Edelburg it is easy to tell that she is a dynamic leader with a long-term vision. She’s a leader in food and agriculture and has served in a variety of roles in Wisconsin Farmers Union and USDA FSA. Now, she will bring her range of skills and knowledge to the National Farmers Union as Vice President. She was elected this March at the National Farmers Union Convention in Kansas City.

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WFAN Board Members Participate in Panel at UN Commission on the Status of Women

In March of 2018, thousands of women from around the world arrived in New York City for the 62nd session of the United Nations’ Commission on the Status of Women. Women gathered to discuss the challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls. As WFAN board members, we believe in building an ecological and just food and agriculture system; thus, we were honored to be a part of the conversation.

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