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Table 3

Aspirational policy opportunities. Within each category of new entry sustainable farmer needs, opportunities exist for policies that could drive transformational change by improving access, assets, and assistance. Here we summarize ideas that have emerged within each need category within the US or other contexts. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1525/elementa.356.t3

Need CategorySelect Aspirational Policy Opportunities

 
Comprehensive Sharing economy (i.e., pooling labor, equipment, etc.), food commons (e.g., land, finance, facilities) 
Water Protect farmers’ water rights, incentivize conservation (urban use, drought tolerant agriculture), address “use-it-or-lose it” water policy, promote water-sharing 
Land Establish right to land, stipulate land performs a social function 
Markets Create national food policy to equitably establish and coordinate markets, ensure broadband access for all, implement parity pricing and/or supply management, enable alternative certification models (e.g., farmer-verified) 
Capital, credit & Insurance Loan forgiveness, support public banks, align crop insurance with stewardship, establish single-payer health care 
Equipment Incentivize shared, sustainably-designed equipment; establish right to repair 
Labor Reform immigration, create a prisoner-to-farmer pipeline, invest in infrastructure to revitalize agricultural communities 
Technical Assistance & Training Develop affordable education and apprenticeships and more robust participatory research partnerships between land grant universities and ecological farmers (e.g. University of Vermont Participatory Action Research Program, newly appointed UCCE Specialist in Organic Production, University of California) 
Need CategorySelect Aspirational Policy Opportunities

 
Comprehensive Sharing economy (i.e., pooling labor, equipment, etc.), food commons (e.g., land, finance, facilities) 
Water Protect farmers’ water rights, incentivize conservation (urban use, drought tolerant agriculture), address “use-it-or-lose it” water policy, promote water-sharing 
Land Establish right to land, stipulate land performs a social function 
Markets Create national food policy to equitably establish and coordinate markets, ensure broadband access for all, implement parity pricing and/or supply management, enable alternative certification models (e.g., farmer-verified) 
Capital, credit & Insurance Loan forgiveness, support public banks, align crop insurance with stewardship, establish single-payer health care 
Equipment Incentivize shared, sustainably-designed equipment; establish right to repair 
Labor Reform immigration, create a prisoner-to-farmer pipeline, invest in infrastructure to revitalize agricultural communities 
Technical Assistance & Training Develop affordable education and apprenticeships and more robust participatory research partnerships between land grant universities and ecological farmers (e.g. University of Vermont Participatory Action Research Program, newly appointed UCCE Specialist in Organic Production, University of California) 
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