Interview with Ferd Hoefner on 12/06/15 discussing contributions and involvement with the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition and its predicessor organizations.
Type of Resource
Sustainable Agriculture policy development
Brief Biographical Summary - Ferd Hoefner, Policy Director for the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC), has been the group’s senior Washington, D.C. representative since it’s founding in 1988. NSAC is a leading voice for sustainable agriculture in the federal policy arena, joining together the interests of over 100 grassroots farm, food, conservation, and rural member organizations to advocate for federal policies supporting the long-term economic and environmental sustainability of agriculture, natural resources, and rural communities. Among the many federal programs that NSAC has successfully developed and championed are Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education, Wetlands Reserve Program, Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program, Beginning Farmer Down Payment Loan Program, Conservation Stewardship Program, Farm to School Grants, Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program, Whole Farm Revenue Protection, National Organic Certification Cost-Share Program, and Value-Added Producer Grants, among others. Prior to NSAC, Hoefner for nearly a decade 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. He has also served as a policy consultant to numerous faith-based organizations and NGOs. He did his undergraduate studies at Oberlin College and graduate work at Wesley Theological Seminary.
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Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture (MISA); St. Paul, Minnesota 2016