Help Shape League Agriculture Policy: Sat. March 29 , Tues Apr 1, Thurs Apr 3

Wind Power in Montana ThumbnailMembers–now it’s your turn to shape national League Agriculture policy for the next 10 or 20 years.  Join us for Parts A and B of the Agriculture Study Consensus meetings. You can mix and match the two Parts to fit your own schedule. Study committee members will provide you with the background you need to discuss the questions–and plenty of time for discussion and questions.

Part A will cover Economic Health of the Agriculture Sector and Research and Development Issues. Part B will cover Food Labeling, Animal Management and Food Safety Issues.

Both parts will be presented on Saturday, 29 April, Part A in morning session 9:30 to noon and Part B in the afternoon session 12:30-2:45  at Cesar E Chavez Library, 3301 East 12th Street, 2nd floor, Oakland.You can bring a bag lunch to eat during the break, if you stay for both sessions.

Both parts will be presented again in following week at the League office at 2530 San Pablo Ave. Part A in an afternoon session on Tues., April 1, and Part B in a morning session, Thurs. April 3.

The consensus questions that members will be asked to answer in each session are very specific, but the issues behind them are broad, so the committee will present the broad policy issues and the moderators will help the members tackle the specific issues.

You will receive background material in the mail before the meeting. Read them and bring them with you to the meetings.  Background material and links will also be posted on this webpage. Additional handouts will be brought to each meeting.  Click each link to read the materials:  LWVUS_Ag-Policy, Glossary_Handout, Agriculture Consensus Questions-table

Current Agriculture Finance issues including consolidation in agriculture industries, crop subsidies, and the federal agricultural regulatory process.

Current Technology issues in agriculture including genetically modified organisms (GMOs), herbicides, pesticides, agricultural water pollution, aquifer depletion, antibiotics in livestock, and accurate food labeling.

 

Timeline for the Agricultural Study

  • March 2014:  Local Leagues present background information and consensus questions to their members for a vote.
  • April 2014:  Report consensus to LWVUS

See also more information and our current LWVC Agriculture position.

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