NOW IS THE TIME TO SPEAK UP
YOUR VOICE IS NEEDED NOW
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Policy Priorities Survey
I’m sure you’ve heard some variation on this phrase many times: “Your voice matters.” Well, it’s true. Through grassroots organizing and action, and through Vermont’s small-scale and accessible legislative process, it is possible for one voice to make a difference. And many voices are what almost always creates the change they seek. If any of the issues Rural Vermont has been working on this session are important to you – please speak up now. Here’s something you can do TODAY:
WHAT YOU CAN DO NOW!
In the November 2018 election 45 brand new legislators were chosen. Chances are one of them may be representing you. Even if your legislators are returning incumbents, NOW is a great time to reach out to them, introduce yourself, and share with them your concerns and views on the issues you care about and that they will be working on soon.
2018 POLICY PRIORITIES SURVEY RESULTS:
In October of 2018 Rural Vermont conducted a policy priorities survey of our membership and Vermont’s greater agricultural community. Our goal was to share information about some issues that we expect to be considered during the upcoming legislative biennium. We had an additional goal of seeking guidance from our community on how Rural Vermont should prioritize these issues. Here are some highlights:
- The almost 250 respondents represent all areas of the state
- 40% of the respondents self-identified as farmers
- Overwhelmingly you want Rural Vermont to work on ALL the identified issues
- There was strong agreement on priorities with work on reducing pesticides ranking first; water quality and health care reform tied for second; and reforming the on-farm slaughter law was third
What you told us is incredibly valuable as we work to develop our advocacy strategy and allocate staff time and financial resources. Early in the New Year we will be reporting on Rural Vermont’s specific plans and sharing a wide range of opportunities for you to participate in advancing the issues you care about the most. Please read our Summary Report on the results of the survey and contact us with any questions, ideas, or comments you want to share.