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AGree: Transforming Food and Ag Policy

External Project Site: www.foodandagpolicy.org
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AGree connects and challenges leaders from diverse communities to build consensus, catalyze action, and elevate food and agriculture as a national priority. Through collaboration and frank discussion, AGree has established a venue whereby a broad coalition of interests have built trust, found common ground, and developed shared strategies for achieving transformative change.

Our Advisors, Co-Chairs and Partners represent a cross-section of the food and agriculture system, including conventional and organic producers, ranchers, input suppliers, aggregators, retailers, environmentalists, international and rural development practitioners, and nutrition and public health experts. More information about AGree’s work since 2011, including consensus recommendations specific to seven different intiatives, can be found below.

Conservation and Crop Insurance
Over the past several years, AGree has substantially deepened its works on strategies to  support increased adoption of conservation practices across the U.S. while maintaining a strong crop insurance program. AGree’s Conservation and Crop Insurance Task Force (Task Force) is a diverse group of experts – including agricultural producers, researchers and academics, former U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) leadership, and representatives from farmer-based, environmental, and conservation NGOs.

The group works with diverse interests to devise practical strategies for empowering farmers to adopt conservation practices on working lands while maintaining a viable crop insurance program. The Task Force is currently advocating and lobbying for key provisions in the 2018 farm bill to achieve its goal. These include:

  • Stronger data management systems at USDA that would give researchers the ability to study the impacts of conservation practices on crop yields, farm and ranch profitability, and environmental outcomes, while maintaining producer privacy and anonymity; and,

  • Improved federal guidance on conservation practices that will remove roadblocks for producers and facilitate wider adoption of conservation practices.

To learn more, please visit the Conservation and Crop Insurance Task Force website.

Building Consensus to Tackle Critical Challenges Facing the Food & Ag System
Since 2011, AGree has met with and convened more than two thousand leaders in food and agriculture and related sectors to better understand the challenges and opportunities facing the food and agriculture system in the United States and around the world. AGree also commissions research and papers to enhance understanding and promote dialogue.

Based on extensive dialogue and targeted research, AGree’s Advisory Committee, Co-Chairs, and group such as the Conservation and Crop Insurance Task Force issued consensus recommendations to tackle critical challenges facing the food and agriculture system on issues including:working landscapes;food and nutrition; international development; immigration reform; research and innovation, next generation; and, local food. To learn more about how AGree collaborates with diverse partners to develop recommendations and work for their implementation, please visit AGree’s website.