Governments can be affiliated with councils through authorizing, funding, staffing and appointing officials to serve as council members. There are varying combinations of these relationships in councils throughout the country. Some councils have been created through specific legislation, such as a resolution or statute, and are housed within a governmental department or agency. Others work at the grassroots level and, while they interact with government through advocacy, have none of the official government ties listed above. Still others begin independently but eventually incorporate into governmental departments or acquire support through government legislation. For example, while the New Mexico Food and Agriculture Policy Council is independent of the state, it was granted authority through legislation to request an appointment from the Executive branch for agency representation when necessary.
*You can also see an example of Food Policy Council Resolutions here.