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.
For an in-depth look at what we have been able to accomplish with the support of our members over the last decade, check out our Advocacy Accomplishments. Click here for a print-friendly version of our accomplishments: MIFMA’s Advocacy Highlights.
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. Member feedback is a valuable part of the drafting process and MIFMA believes it is important to give members time to ask questions and provide suggestions. MIFMA’s Advocacy Committee reviewed feedback and discussed revisions to the priorities on the February 7, 2018 committee conference call.
MIFMA’s 2018 Advocacy Priorities were approved by members at MIFMA’s Annual Meeting on Wednesday, March 7, during the 2018 Michigan Farmers Market Conference. The approved priorities can be reviewed here.
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 was committed to taking in 2017 was to help advance our advocacy priorities by sharing 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! This committee is charged with guiding MIFMA’s involvement in food and farming policy efforts and advocating for our members on important issues. The Advocacy Committee meets the first Wednesday of each month at 11:00 a.m. EST by video conference. To join, email firstname.lastname@example.org.