Advocacy & Action Alerts
NOFA-NH periodically distributes Action Alerts that help our members and mailing list subscribers keep up-to-date on local and national opportunities through which you can show support for sustainable and organic practices. Below is a list of recent Action Alerts and other resources related to activism and the legislative process. If there is a bill, issue or other action you think NOFA-NH should know about, please be in touch.
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Despite written testimony from NOFA-NH based on a community survey of 60 farmers, many of whom indicated negative financial impacts from COVID-19, farms that grossed less than $50,000 in 2019 will not qualify for the $10 million in aid provided to growers in the Granite State. Though NOFA-NH understands that a sense of limited funds motivated this decision, we are disappointed with the outcome, and feel it does not reflect the findings of our community survey.
We thank the 178 respondents who provided input on NOFA-NH’s COVID-19 Community Impact Survey. Your responses were extremely valuable in shaping NOFA-NH’s testimony to the Stakeholder Advisory Board of the Governor’s Office for Emergency Relief and Recovery (GOFERR), the advisory board that will help the Governor decide how to spend New Hampshire’s $1.25B CARES Act funds.
ACTION ALERT! The CARES Act was passed into law on March 27 with some important, but insufficient, financial support provisions for farmers, ranchers, and fishermen. Help secure additional needed funding, push provisions to get emergency funds into the right hands, and pass systemic policy reforms. We urge you to call your members of Congress and voice your concerns. If you are unsure of your elected officials, click on this link.
NOFA-NH signed on to a letter urging members of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation, and the House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources to oppose industrial finfish aquaculture (or ocean CAFOs).
NOFA-NH signed on to a letter urging the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry to "fully support organic agriculture in the Farm Bill and to oppose any changes that would undermine the organic standards and the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB)."
NOFA-NH signed on to a letter urging the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry to "write a full, fair Farm Bill that protects and grows support for the conservation, rural development and nutrition programs that are essential to our communities, including full funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program."
NOFA-NH signed on to a letter urging the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry, the House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture, and the US Department of Agriculture to address America's dairy crisis.
ACTION ALERT! Encourage the NH Senate to VOTE NO on House Bill 1233 - A bill preempting local regulation of seeds and fertilizers - Unfortunately, HB 1233 passed the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on April 25th. It will be heard on the Senate Floor Wednesday, May 2 at 1:00 PM and Thursday, May 3 at 10:00 AM. We urge you to call your Senators and voice your concerns about this bill. If you are unsure of your Senator, click on this link.
Action Alert! Keep the Soil in Organic - On October 15, 2017, NOFA-NH participated in the "Keep the Soil in Organic" Rally in Hanover, NH, as part of the international movement of organic growers and consumers focused on keeping organic standards true to their roots. The rally was one in a series of many leading up to the National Organic Standards Board's (NOSB) November 2017 vote. NOFA-NH would like to thank all of the organizers and participants who made the "Keep the Soil in Organic" Rally in Hanover a success!
The New Hampshire Legislative Process
Ever wonder how the legislative process really works? Here is a basic overview of how an idea becomes law in New Hampshire, by NOFA-NH Board President Amy Manzelli, Esq.,