National coalition praises details, criticizes big picture as conference committee begins deliberations.
Neither the House or Senate version of the farm bill goes nearly far enough to truly improve the lives and livelihoods of family farmers and rural communities.
Trump Administration measures announced this week will not return prosperity to rural America.
August 17, 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE On Tuesday, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a new program to purchase fluid milk for distribution to The Emergency Food Assistance Program under Section 32 of the Agricultural Adjustment Act of 1935. The agency will buy $50 million worth of fluid milk for distribution to food banks[…]
Family Farmers and Ranchers Seek Economic Empowerment, not Taxpayer Bailout
(sent via electronic mail) August 13, 2018 Kathleen S. O’Neill Chief, Transportation, Energy and Agriculture Section Antitrust Division United States Department of Justice 450 5th St NW, Suite 8000 Washington, DC 20530 Dear Ms. O’Neill: The National Family Farm Coalition is extremely disappointed that the US Department of Justice has approved the Monsanto-Bayer merger and[…]
Ralph Paige passed on June 28, 2018. We recall his words from 2004 advocating for a government that is accountable to its constituents, promotes food safety and food security, and enters trade arrangements that respect growers’ need for a fair price and their customers recognition of the value of their products.
On the America the Bountiful Tour – June 15-22, 2018 It’s easy to feel discouraged when listening to stories defining the problems facing farmers and ranchers across the midwest and northern plains. Everyone, it seems, is fighting some sort of behemoth – Smithfield, Monsanto, Walmart, oil and gas corporations, water shortages, shamefully beholden politicians, low[…]
How the Myth of Bioenergy Exploits Rural Communities and Harms Forests, Farmland, and the Climate
National Family Farm Coalition is extremely disappointed in the passage of the House farm bill yesterday. This draconian measure does little to help family farmers, while proposing punitive work requirements for recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), making detrimental changes to conservation, and cutting funding for important programs that support local food systems.[…]