Policy and Planning Strategies

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.


Online Publications

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


Leading Books on Policy Making

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)