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The NAFSN Toolbox provides links to invaluable resources that can assist professional practitioners, applied researchers, faculty, and students in the conduct of their work as well as their career development.


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The following tools and resources will assist you in creating policies, assisting policy makers, and conduct planning activities associated with food systems and agricultural development.






Food Policy Councils: Lessons Learned


Food First: Institute for Food and Development Policy, 2009



Municipal Zoning for Local Foods in Iowa: A Guidebook for Reducing Local Regulatory Barriers to Local Foods


Iowa State University, Extension and Outreach, 2012

Focus is Iowa, but describes municipal policies from around the country.



American Planning Association Policy Guide on Community and Regional Food Planning


Adopted by the Legislative and Policy Committee, April 13, 2007
Adopted by the Chapter Delegate Assembly, April 14, 2007
Adopted by the Board of Directors, April 15, 2007
Final Policy Guide, May 11, 2007



Regionalist Approaches to Farm and Food System Policy: A Focus on the Northeast


The Northeast Ag Works! Project
October 2006







An Introduction To The Policy Process: Theories, Concepts, And Models Of Public Policy Making

Thomas Birkland, M.E. Sharpe; 2 edition (September 30, 2005)



A Practical Guide for Policy Analysis: The Eightfold Path to More Effective Problem Solving

Eugene Bardach; CQ Press; 3rd edition (October 31, 2008)



Policy Paradox: The Art of Political Decision Making, Revised Edition

Deborah Stone, W. W. Norton & Company; 3rd edition (July 20, 2001)



Writing Public Policy: A Practical Guide to Communicating in the Policy-Making Process

Catherine F Smith, Oxford University Press, USA; 2 edition (September 17, 2009)





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