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.
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[…]
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[…]
Unfortunately, USDA’s National Organic Standards Board did not heed the comments and concerns offered by Jim and other organic farmers, and voted to allow hydroponically grown produce to receive organic certification.
If there was any hope that Secretary Perdue and this administration would stand up for small- and medium-sized family farmers and the rural communities they support, that has been dashed now.