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  This site is the archive for the State and Local Food Policy Project. The project operated from 2002 through 2005. Updates to this information can be found on our website at Drake University Agricultural Law Center.

Food Policy Councils
convene citizens and government officials for the purpose of providing a comprehensive examination of a state or local food system. This unique, non-partisan form of civic engagement brings together a diverse array of food system stakeholders to develop food and agriculture policy recommendations.

Drake University Agricultural Law Center in collaboration with non-profit organizations and state and local governments throughout the U.S. has developed an extensive initiative on food and agriculture policy. Through a partnership with the USDA Risk Management Agency and the National Agricultural Law Center, The State and Local Food Policy Project provides resources and support for the development of food policy councils.

This site is a clearinghouse of information on the development of food policy councils and features education and outreach materials, reports, and publications.  If you have questions about the project or would like to know more about the benefits and outcomes of developing a food policy council, we would welcome the opportunity to talk with you. Please contact the project co-director, Matt Russell at 515.271.4956.

We hope you find your visit informative and interesting! State & Local Food Policy Councils are playing a role in building a better food system - strengthening food democracy.

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