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Collaboration for System Change: Why the Farm Bill Matters

October 28, 2020 @ 10:00 am 11:30 pm PDT

$25 SAFSF Member / $40 Non-member funder



Funder-Only Event

The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the inequity, fragility and failures of our food and agricultural system. Those outcomes are not inevitable but rather, have been shaped by public policy, or the lack thereof. If there has ever been a time to lean in and fund movements to turn the tide on public policy, this is the time. The next crisis could very well be triggered by climate change. We must do better. Funders must have a collaborative effort around federal climate, food, and agriculture policy if we want to win structural and systemic change.

Please join us online for our 2020 Policy Outlook and Strategy Series: Climate, Agriculture, Farm Bill 2023. We look forward to engaging in discussion and strategy with you!

This is the third pre-conference session of the 2020 Policy Outlook and Strategy Series, view entire program details here.


Collaboration for System Change: Why the Farm Bill Matters

Funders must have a collaborative effort around farm bill if we want to win structural agriculture and food system change. This webinar will focus on what is to be gained, why it matters for your region and priorities, for racial and economic justice, for overall structural reform. In addition, we will once again be joined by policy experts from Alliance for Justice to learn specifically on what you can do as funders around the Farm Bill, including how to fund policy work on Farm Bill, as well as engage directly.


Abby Levine, senior director, bolder advocacy, Alliance for Justice

Abby Levine serves as Director of the Bolder Advocacy Program at Alliance for Justice. She provides legal guidance that encourages grantmakers to support advocacy and other nonprofit organizations to participate in policymaking decisions through an understanding of federal tax and election law. Abby’s work includes creating curriculum, teaching workshops, providing technical assistance, writing plain-language legal guides, and describing federal legislative and regulatory developments that impact nonprofits.

Prior to joining Alliance for Justice in 2004, Abby served as the Public Policy Analyst at the National Council of Nonprofit Associations (NCNA). At NCNA, Abby monitored and analyzed issues affecting the nonprofit sector, such as challenges to nonprofit tax exemptions and advocacy, state budget cuts, government grants streamlining, and corporate governance.

Before working at NCNA, Abby was an associate in the tax department at Squire, Sanders & Dempsey in Cleveland, Ohio.

(B.A., American University; J.D., Case Western Reserve University School of Law).

Ronnie Pawelko, senior counsel, Alliance for Justice

Ronnie Pawelko is Senior Counsel for the Bolder Advocacy program at Alliance for Justice and is based in AFJ’s Washington, DC office. Through trainings and technical assistance, she provides nonprofit advocacy organizations and foundations with accessible information, resources, and information so organizations can safely navigate complex laws and rules as they pursue systems change. Ronnie received her J.D. from Albany Law School and her B.A. from Russell Sage College. Before joining AFJ, Ronnie was General Counsel at Family Planning Advocates of New York State. Previously, Ronnie served as Health and Human Services Team Counsel for the New York State Senate and as staff attorney for the MergerWatch Project.

Ferd Hoefner, strategic senior advisor, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

FERD HOEFNER is the Senior Strategic Advisor for the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC), and has been the group’s senior Washington, DC representative since its founding in 1988. NSAC is the leading voice for sustainable agriculture in the federal policy arena, joining together the voices of more than 100 grassroots farm, food, conservation and rural organizations from all regions of the country to advocate for federal policies supporting the long-term economic and environmental sustainability of agriculture, natural resources and rural communities.

Prior to his work with NSAC, Hoefner represented Interfaith Action for Economic Justice and its predecessor, the Interreligious Taskforce on U.S. Food Policy, on federal policy on farm, food and international development issues for nearly a decade. He has also served as a policy consultant to Bread for the World, Center for Rural Affairs, Conference on Alternative State and Local Public Policies, Land Stewardship Project, Lutheran Office for Governmental Affairs and U.S. Catholic Conference, among others.

Quinton Robinson, policy advisor, Rural Coalition

Bio coming soon.


October 28, 2020
10:00 am – 11:30 pm PDT
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Areas of Impact:

Environmental Sustainability  |   Climate Change  |   Farmland Conservation  |   Water Quality  |   Farms & Farming Systems  |   Agroecology  |   Beginning Farmers & Ranchers  |   Farm Succession  |   Farmer Technical Assistance  |   Indoor Agriculture  |   Organics  |   Regenerative Agriculture  |   Funding Strategies  |   Policy-Local/State/Tribal  |   Policy-National/International  |   Health  |   Hunger  |   Nutrition  |   School Food  |   Justice  |   Equity  |   Food Access  |   Immigration  |   Labor  |   Markets  |   Regional Food Systems

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