The Local Food Safety Collaborative is a collaboration between National Farmers Union Foundation and the Food and Drug Administration. Our work would not be possible without the help from our partner organizations below. For more information on a partner, click on their logo. For any questions about LFSC partner organizations, or to inquire about becoming a partner, please contact Chelsea Matzen at firstname.lastname@example.org
LFSC works closely with food safety experts from Cornell University, including some members of the Produce Safety Alliance. The produce safety experts LFSC is partnered with through Cornell are completing a needs assessment that will help to better understand the needs of local producers and processors in regards to FSMA and food safety education. In addition to housing the Produce Safety Alliance, Cornell University provides a variety of food safety programs including the Institute for Food Safety at Cornell University, National Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) Program and the Microbial Food Safety Lab.
Maryland Department of Agriclture (MDA) provides leadership and support to agriculture and the citizens of Maryland by conducting regulatory, service, and educational activities that assure consumer confidence, protect the environment and promote agriculture. MDA’s vision is to achieve excellence in programs and in services that preserve and protect agricultural resources and the environment, promote profitable agriculture and consumer confidence, and enhance the quality of life for all Marylanders.
National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC) represents, mobilizes, and engages young farmers to ensure their success. NYFC envisions a country where young people who are willing to work, get trained, and take a little risk can support themselves and their families in farming. NYFC supports the apprenticeship model of farmer education, modeled after other trades, and believe that mentorships and alternative farmer-to-farmer learning opportunities should be available to young farmers.
Deep South Food Alliance (DSFA) is a coalition of individuals and organizations across the Black Belt who share a guiding objective: to advance historically disadvantaged rural communities by supporting agriculture economies, particularly low-resource smallholder farmers of color. DSFA harnesses the specialties, infrastructure, and local networks of member organizations to provide training, technical assistance, and market connections to more than 100 smallholder farmers in the region it serves.
Through service, regulation, and advocacy, the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) supports the viability and vitality of agriculture while protecting consumers, public health, and the environment. WSDA’s expertise is recognized as a valuable resource. Services asked for and paid for by industry include quality inspections, certification, laboratory testing and produce grading. It also offers guidance, workshops and technical assistance to support education for better compliance. Regulatory work includes registration, licensing, permits, inspection, investigation and compliance support.
New England Farmers Union (NEFU) works to protect and enhance the economic well-being and quality of life of family farmers, fishermen, foresters, nursery growers and consumers in all six New England states. Their members engage New England elected officials and public agencies and press them to implement and enforce laws and regulations that will strengthen New England’s agriculture and fisheries. Legislators from the New England region look to NEFU when deciding how to vote on policies that will have an impact on issues like Dairy, Sustainability, Conservation, Energy and Food Security and Direct Sales of Agricultural Products.
Florida Organic Growers (FOG) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation established in 1987. FOG operates two programs: Education & Outreach and Quality Certification Services (QCS). As the largest certifier on the United States eastern seaboard, QCS meets the needs of operations regardless of type, location, or size. QCS offers certification options including Certified Organic (all scopes), Food Safety Certification (Produce GAPs Harmonized Standards, etc.), Certified Transitional, Certified Hormone/Antibiotic Free and others which allow markets and consumers to choose to support a more just agricultural system. FOG’s Education & Outreach Program conducts teaching, research and service that engages the organization with external constituencies.
Founded in 1978, Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) is a California-based nonprofit that builds sustainable food and farming systems through local and statewide policy advocacy and on-the-ground programs in an effort to initiate institutionalized change. CAFF is working statewide, running extensive, on-the-ground programs in many regions throughout CA. They help family farmers increase their income and sustainability while enabling community members and businesses to find and choose local food.
Formed in 2015, Hawaii Farmers Union Foundation (HFUF) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization managed by a five-member Board of Directors. Each of Hawaii’s four counties is represented on the Board of Directors and the HFUF President represents the HFUF in its entirety. Recognized by the State of Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs under the Hawaii Nonprofit Corporation Act, HFUF is organized and operates exclusively for charitable purposes. HFUF’s primary purpose is to support the sovereign right of farmers to create and sustain vibrant and prosperous agricultural communities for the benefit of all Hawaii Nei, including future generations, through various scientific, educational and charitable activities.
Indiana Farmers Union (INFU) works to protect and enhance the economic well-being and quality of life of family farmers. INFUis a home for producers who are committed to conserving our state’s natural bounty, whether they are long-established or beginning their agricultural journey. INFU’s membership is as diverse as the agricultural landscape in Indiana and includes grain farmers, vegetable growers, fruit growers, livestock farmers and dairy farmers. All its members play a role in bringing the issues that matter most to Indiana lawmakers and fighting for their rights as family farmers.
Iowa Farmers Union (IAFU) is a grassroots-member organization of family farmers and ranchers, advocates, and consumers committed to promoting family agriculture in Iowa. The key to its success is its grassroots structure, with policy positions and priorities initiated and approved by its members. IAFU recognizes that education and leadership development are essential to its success and the growth of its Union. They offer a variety of youth and adult educational and leadership opportunities for our members each year, including many programs offered in partnership with the National Farmers Union and other state chapters.
Kansas Farmers Union Foundation (KFUF) was created in 1997 as a 501(c)(3) organization supporting education on rural and agricultural issues and providing resources for rural economic and cooperative development. Through KFUF, Kansas Farmers Union brings important educational and networking opportunities to all Kansans. Examples of this programming include Kansas Beginning Farmers Coalition, Food Hubs and Co-ops, College Conference on Cooperatives, Kansas Family Farms Day, and its work with Farm Aid and the Farmer Veteran Coalition of Kansas.
Lake County Community Development (LCCDC) cultivates economic growth in western Montana by offering unique resources to develop community, business and food and agriculture enterprises. LCCDC collaborates with partners to provide businesses with technical assistance, education, and financial support related to planning, management, marketing, government contracting, accounting, and food processing. They also provide Montana’s only inspected food hub, providing resources to food and agriculture businesses including regulatory expertise, business planning assistance, food production, and storage infrastructure.
Michigan Farmers Union (MIFU) advocates for the economic and social well-being, and quality of life of Michigan family farmers and consumers and their communities through education, cooperation, and legislation. MIFU advocates sustainable production of food, fiber and feed and has been the voice of family farmers, rural residents and consumers across the Great Lakes State since its founding. MIFU aims to preserve a sustainable economy that benefits Michigan family farmers while providing domestically grown, healthy choices for consumers.
Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) is a nonprofit organization based in Spring Valley, Wis. They promote organic and sustainable agriculture by providing the education, resources and expertise farmers need to succeed. Educating farmers about organic and sustainable production is the foundation of its work. MOSES manages several projects to support and empower organic farmers as well as advocates for national policies that encourage organic production. Theyserve on various local, state and national committees, and work closely with the National Organic Standards Board to ensure that organic farmers have a voice in shaping the rules.
Minnesota Farmers Union (MNFU) works to protect and enhance the economic interests and quality of life of family farmers and ranchers and rural communities. As a widely-respected, large, progressive, member-based organization working for, and advocating on behalf of, family farms, and rural community issues, MNFU believes that farm policies should guarantee a safe and abundant food supply while providing family farmers with a fair price from the marketplace, not the government.
Founded in 1927, North Dakota Farmers Union (NDFU) is the largest general farm organization in the state of North Dakota. With more than 45,000 member families, NDFU provides a network of educational programs, services, and events that benefit farmers, ranchers and rural communities. As an innovative and progressive organization, NDFU works to enhance legislation that supports agriculture and the cooperative business model. Each summer, NDFU hosts youth camps that teach leadership skills and co-op education to more than 1,000 youth. NDFU also hosts a wide variety of social activities and educational events for producers year round.
Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Educational and Charitable Foundation (RMFUF) promotes the well-being of rural communities and the family farmers and ranchers of Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico. The Foundation offers leadership training, youth education opportunities, funds and expertise to groups and individuals involved in cooperative enterprises, local food initiatives, and hometown community initiatives. The RMFU Cooperative and Economic Development Center works with USDA Rural Development to fund programs that promote rural communities and economies and plays a large role in the development of sustainable rural energy programs.
Wisconsin Farmers Union (WIFU), a member-driven organization, is committed to enhancing the quality of life for family farmers, rural communities, and all people through educational opportunities, cooperative endeavors, and civic engagement. WIFU is committed to providing continued education for members of all ages through regularly held membership meetings and events.