This panel will offer an introduction to the policies, purpose, and future goals of the California Farm Bureau, the California Grange, and Future Farmers of America. These long-standing agricultural institutions have often been perceived as aligned with conventional agriculture, but the times they are a-changin’. Many local chapters of these organizations have welcomed members whose agricultural methods embrace organic and sustainable. New conversations, policy and working groups are forming. Minds are opening to new horizons. It is time for sustainable agriculture to embrace the recognition it is receiving as an important role in the future of farming. What types of alliances might be created? How can we work together?
Bob McFarland, California Grange, Sacramento, CA;
Paul Wenger, California Farm Bureau, Sacramento, CA; Future Farmers of America (invited).