Giving a policy voice to Michigan farmers markets has always been an integral part of MIFMA’s vision and our work as an organization. We are incredibly proud of what MIFMA has achieved for our members over the past 10 years, from expanding acceptance of food assistance benefits at farmers markets to advocating for sales of Cottage Foods, wild foraged mushrooms and wine at Michigan farmers markets.
Read about MIFMA’s Advocacy Highlights over the last decade.
Part of MIFMA’s vision is to ensure that Michigan farmers markets have policy support. To guide our work towards that vision, each year MIFMA’s Advocacy Committee creates advocacy priorities that will provide a framework for MIFMA’s advocacy work. MIFMA members review and approved these advocacy priorities at MIFMA’s annual meeting on March 8, 2017.
Farmers Market Access to Equipment to Process SNAP Transactions
One of MIFMA’s top advocacy priorities in 2017 was to ensure that all farmers markets and direct marketing farmers authorized to accept SNAP in Michigan have access to no cost equipment to process transactions. MIFMA worked in partnership with Healthy Kids Healthy Michigan to secure funding in the 2018 state budget to cover these costs. Read more about this advocacy accomplishment here.
Expanding the Ability of Small Wineries to Sell and Sample at Farmers Markets
One of the actions MIFMA committed to taking in 2017 to help advance our advocacy priorities was to share information about the success of wine sales at farmers markets. This education could inform efforts to identify potential bill sponsors that would support increasing the size of wineries that are eligible for a license to sell and sample wine, hard cider, and mead at farmers markets. Learn more about these efforts here.
How do I get involved?
Join MIFMA’s Advocacy Committee to help guide MIFMA’s involvement in food and farming policy efforts and advocate for our members on important issues.