2018 Farm Bill
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U.S. farm and food policy must change in order to reverse the economic devastation currently faced by our nation’s family farmers and rural communities. In addition, our international trade policy must recognize each nation’s right and responsibility to make their own decisions about how to develop and protect the capacity to grow food, sustain the livelihood of food producers, and feed the people in its own borders. We envision empowered communities everywhere working together democratically to advance a food and agriculture system that ensures health, justice, and dignity for all. Future generations will thrive when the family farm is an economically viable livelihood supported by environmentally sustainable and socially diverse vibrant rural communities.
Ben Burkett, NFFC former board president raising soy, old growth pine trees and roughly 20 different vegetables in Mississippi, added, “As a 4th generation family farmer this merger concentrates too much seed stock and intellectual property into one company, further declining rural America.”
These principles have been drafted as the basis for returning equity, diversity, and sustainability to the food and agriculture system, overall, and to food producers of all kinds, in particular.
As dairy farmers have seen many times in the past, a glut of milk has flooded the market and dropped farm pay prices to the point that some farmers will be forced out of business. Generally it is the smaller farmers that go first. For them, credit, to try and ride out the storm, is[…]
In light of the current credit crisis and discrimination faced by family farmers of all races, genders and marital status, USDA must implement moratoriums on farm loan accelerations and foreclosures.
Location: Washington, D.C. (preferred, but not required) The National Family Farm Coalition (NFFC) seeks a dynamic leader to engage its diverse and dedicated membership to influence national farm and fisheries policy, magnify its fundraising capacity, and expand relationships with allies, potential allies and legislators while serving as a public face of the coalition. About the[…]
There is a lot of angst in the US corporate world. They are quite concerned that the renegotiation talks between the US, Canada and Mexico (the three participants in the North American Free Trade Agreement—NAFTA) may not deliver a new agreement that is as lucrative as the old NAFTA. NAFTA has been in place since[…]
Dedicated to the memory of Katherine Ozer, we offer this newsletter in appreciation to our members and to others committed to a just farm and food system.
Finish up your holiday shopping with great gifts made by or supporting family farmers and fishers! Our market pages offer a selection of food, clothing, personal care, books, and more from NFFC member organizations, with every penny going to support producer livelihoods and rural organizing. Cross that hard-to-shop-for family member off your list and feel[…]
We are very disappointed in the House vote yesterday moving forward with its regressive tax reform. This bill would take hard-earned income from struggling rural communities and put it into corporate coffers and the pockets of millionaires. Our member organizations represent family farmers and ranchers, community-based fishermen, small business owners, rural advocates and other Americans[…]
Thanks to Organization for Competitive Markets for this action alert. The Bayer+Monsanto merger is part of a merger wave that will create just three agricultural chemical companies, while just two years ago there were six. Once the Bayer+Monsanto merger goes through, the economics of food, farming, and the environment will be radically altered. It will[…]