POLICY

We are the voice of sustainable agriculture in California. For over 40 years, we’ve been advocating for state and national policies that create more resilient family farms, communities and ecosystems.

Policies shape how we farm, the markets we rely on, and the regulations that either prevent or empower the kind of food and farming system we all want to see.

From food safety regulations to immigration reform, ecosystem protections to the local markets on which our small businesses depend, local, state and federal policies have the power to help farms thrive, steward our lands and produce healthy food. Or to put them out of business.

We at CAFF & The Farmers Guild give voice to family farmers all across California, listening closing to the needs, concerns and aspirations of those often too busy in the field to speak up for themselves. With over four decades of experience in the halls of Sacramento, together with a committee comprised of farmers, we advocate for policies that create more resilient family farms, communities and ecosystems. And through our membership in the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, we work with partners from across the country to advocate for forward-thinking reform at the federal level as well.

WHAT'S NEW IN FOOD & AG POLICY

2020 CAFF Survey

CAFF’s ANNUAL SURVEY Your voice matters! By taking the time to complete this survey, you help guide CAFF’s work and advocacy to better serve and

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California Legislative Bills of Concern to CAFF

Every year, we weigh in on California legislation, lending our support to bills that promote our mission and our members, opposing those that threaten them, and sponsoring bills of own to give family farmers and sustainable agriculture a better chance to succeed. Here you can track the progress of bills we’re following as well as find our positions on past legislation.

KEY POLICY ISSUES

Click on the above photos to learn more about the key issues of concern to CAFF & The Farmers Guild and how we’re advocating for state and federal policies that better promote family farms, local food systems and sustainable agriculture.

OUR STATEWIDE POLICY COMMITTEE

Judith Redmond
Fully Belly Farm
Guinda, CA
Chanowk Yisrael
Yisrael Family Farm
Sacramento, CA
Bob Knight
Old Grove Orange
Redlands, CA
Cindy Lashbrook
Riverdance Farms
Livingston, CA
Ken Kimes
New Natives
Aptos, CA
George Davis
Porter Creek Vineyards
Healdsburg, CA
Javier Zamora
JSM Organics
Royal Oaks, CA
John LaBoyteaux
Camp Grant Ranch
Redcrest, CA
Steve Sprinkel
Rancho Del Pueblo Farm
Ojai, CA
Randy Stannard
Root 64 Farm
Sacramento, CA
Stephen Kroes
Two Redwoods Consulting
Sacramento, CA
Jamie Fanous
Davis, CA

In Memoriam

Pete Price
Sacramento, CA

October 7, 2020: Late last month, we lost a friend, devoted CAFF board member and tireless champion in Sacramento fighting for family farms across the state. Pete Price served as CAFF’s legislative representative from 1998 to 2010 and joined the board in 2000 where he chaired the Policy Committee. Working to reform our food and agricultural system, Pete volunteered countless hours, always guided by an unwavering commitment to fairness, justice and sustainability. Pete was determined to retire from CAFF once and for all this December, but a bicycle accident cut that goal short. His legacy, however, lives on. 

Learn more about Pete, his contributions to the world of sustainable ag policy, and how we are honoring his legacy.

In honor of Pete, we at CAFF are announcing the creation of the Pete Price Farm Policy Champions Fund. The Fund will provide resources for farmers and sustainable agriculture advocates to engage in California state policymaking. Interested parties can make a contribution here. In addition, CAFF is creating the Pete Price Farm Policy Champion of the Year award, as part of our annual recognition of food and farming champions across the state at the California Small Farm Conference.

David Runsten
Policy Director

Dave directs all of CAFF’s policy work as well as the food safety and water stewardship outreach. Dave is an agricultural economist who conducted research on such topics as contract agriculture in Mexico, fair trade coffee in Oaxaca, regional competitiveness of the produce industry, living wages in Los Angeles, and farm labor in California.

dave[at]caff.org    |    530-756-1298

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CAFF Legislative Representation, Sacramento
Justin Malan, Eco Consult

CAFF Policy Advisors
Stellman Keehnel, Esq., Seattle
E. Phillip LeVeen, PhD, Berkeley

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CAFF Legislative Representation, Washington DC
National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition