This page contains links to eight Best Practices Guides for Land-Grant Universities prepared by Cornerstone Government Affairs to help members of the APLU Board on Agriculture Assembly and affiliated organizations improve their conrgessional advocacy efforts. These Guides are the intellectual property of Cornerstone Government Affairs and may not be posted on any public or private website without written permission. ©Cornerstone Government Affairs, 2012. All rights reserved.


Board on Agriculture Assembly: Structured for Success

This document explains how the BAA is structured (with its Policy Board of Directors and two standing committees) and how this structure has produced quantifiable success in recent years. This introductory document explains the BAA's overall congressional relations effort and provides useful context for the Best Practices Guides that follow.

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Congressional Offices and Staff

Describes how House and Senate offices are structured to execute their legislative and constituent service responsibilities and provides some specific recommendations about when and how to contact various congressional staff.

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Congressional Communications

Discusses how to communicate effectively with Congress in an era when congressional communications channels are operating at or beyond capacity.

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Strong Stalks Networks

Explains how to build and maintain a combined grassroots and grasstops network, how/when to mobilize it, and how to ensure its effectiveness.

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Face-to-Face Meetings

Describes how to approach a senator or representative to request a personal meeting in their Washington or state/district office and provides some specific meeting suggestions.

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Appropriations Advocacy

Provides an overview of the congressional appropriations process, discusses the procedures whereby representatives and senators influence appropriations decisions, and concludes with some specific suggestions.

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Publicity, Politics, and Events

Explains how, as part of a comprehensive congressional communications strategy, organizations can get closer to senators and representatives by helping them generate publicity, meet their constituents, and raise campaign funds.

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Political Intelligence

Provides recommendations about how to determine which issues a Member of Congress truly cares about and how to discern (as much as possible) who their friends are.

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Leave-Behind Materials

Provides some recommendations about how to write advocacy documents that get read and not discarded.

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