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The NDFMGA proposed summary
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Farmers Marketing and Growers Association (no ‘the’ change market to marketing)
as voted on and approved is not correct in the resolution. –
True, the resolution has
been put out there as it was presented at the meeting so members who were not
in attendance can comment. We’ll see what comes from the comment and
decide if we need to have another motion/vote.
would the Assn do for the Farmers Markets?
According to discussion held thus far, the
Association would continue to do all the things it does now for farmers markets
as they are an integral channel of marketing the products produced by
farmers/producers. There has been no discussion on changing the
grant/conference/education/marketing of farmers markets, only the
there continue to be a conference?
has been no discussion regarding discontinuation of a
conference, as you know though, the conference is only held because of
generosity of the NDDA in assisting us with the conference costs. If
the NDDA decided they could no longer support a conference, the
would need to make the decision at that time if they could afford to do
would be the issue if someone at a Farmers Market bought raspberries grown by a
neighbor and made jelly that was sold at the market?
This is a good question
and one I think the committee and Advisory Board need to discuss further as
this resolution does not make it clear.
I understand what can be gained but I don’t understand what will be lost.
resolution is currently written, nothing will really be lost, however it makes
clear (as it is written) that the Association will not be responsible for the
writing of or lobbying for particular legislation in regards to local foods,
farmers markets, or small farm sales. The conversation, and hopefully the
wording, has been crafted to allow the Association to continue to testify on
behalf of its members either for or against regulations, proposed laws, and
resolutions, but not to actively lobby for or write them. During the past
legislative session, the Association was approached by members with the hopes
the Association itself would carry the torch for new laws/regulations in the
form of writing, sponsoring, or lobbying bills. The Association was not
able to carry through on this request. This was a bone of contention with
some members at the meeting who felt it is the duty of the Association to carry
out these activities. However, currently, with only volunteer board
members and no paid staff, and with staff working for other government agencies
that prevent them from lobbying or carrying out such duties, and no line item
in the budget for such activities, the committee and board felt it was
important to outline exactly what role the Association could play in the
formation or change of regulation. The Committee and Board felt, during
the writing of the resolution, that it would be difficult with our budget to be
not only a marketing association but also a funding and legislative
association. They felt that was a lot of things to ask of such a small
As for what will be gained from the changes, hopefully a clearer mission of
exactly what role the Association plays in the regulation and legislation of
local foods, a broader membership base with a clearer role in assisting those
producers and farmers who market their products themselves whether it be
through a farmers market, CSA, on-farm sales or other means, and a clear
mission to market the good food products (not just vegetables and fruit)
produced in our state by the people of our state.
I think promoting ND raised and made is commendable, but I
believe the definition is to narrow. People who sell baked goods at
markets may buy many of their ingredients at Sams or other vendors. Scarves or
scrubbers made with yarn not their own. I have seen bees wax candles and molded
items from that wax and the person who does it has no hives. I could site other
examples but you get the drift. Have a great day, Hope I am not being too