NFFC and Allies Send Letter to Congress: Fast Track a Bad Deal

Posted by on Apr 14, 2015 in Blog, Letters, Press | 0 comments

The National Family Farm Coalition joined more than 110 farm, food and consumer groups on an April 12 letter urging Congress to oppose fast track legislation (trade promotion authority), which would ease the passage of free trade agreements such as the TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership) and TAFTA (Trans Atlantic Free Trade Agreement).   Dena Hoff, board vice president, said, “There is too much riding on these trade agreements for the people...

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Has Glyphosate Met Its Waterloo?

Posted by on Apr 12, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Can organic farmers use Roundup® ? I get that question a lot, society has been told and it seems, really believes that as crop chemicals go, nothing could be safer. But that’s just it, using nothing is safer. And no, organic farmers can’t use it, but if I could why would I want to? It is, after all, a poison, its active ingredient, glyphosate, is a poison, as are some of its “inert” ingredients. Monsanto introduced the first...

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Join NFFC at May 4 Screening of AFTER WINTER, SPRING

Posted by on Apr 11, 2015 in Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

The National Family Farm Coalition is pleased to announce a special screening of the new documentary, AFTER WINTER, SPRING.  Shot over four years, AFTER WINTER, SPRING captures the roots of farm-to-table and the tenacity of a people who have taken one season at a time for generations. This rural community in Périgord (France) fears they may be the last generation of family farmers in a region continuously cultivated for over five thousand...

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Are Dairy Farmers Facing the Year 2009 Again?

Posted by on Apr 4, 2015 in Blog |

Guest Editorial by Arden Tewksbury, Manager, Pro Ag With dairy farmers’ prices plummeting $9.50 per cwt. (hundred weight) from the high point of $26.16 in September 2014 down to the present level of $16.66, it makes one wonder if the net result will come close to the 2009 massacre. The high point of 2008 was $21.11 per cwt. in Federal Order #1. The low point in 2009 was $11.56. This means the dairy farmers’ price dropped $9.55 per cwt. from...

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Organic farmers neither want nor need an organic checkoff

Posted by on Mar 8, 2015 in Blog |

The “organic industry” represented by the Organic Trade Association (OTA) wants to make some money, supposedly for promoting organic food in the marketplace and for more research related to organic farming. So the go to place is the paycheck of organic farmers. Promoting organic food is good, so is more funding for organic research, which has always been the ugly stepchild of conventional agricultural research. However a national checkoff on...

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