For a farmer, getting the news that you no longer have a market for your product is devastating, I know, I got one of those letters a few months ago. It is especially problematic if you are a dairy farmer, since cows need to be milked every day. So, in April, when 75 Wisconsin farmers[…]
National Family Farm Coalition submitted the following comments to GIPSA (Grain Inspection and Packers and Stockyards Administration) on June 12, 2017: These comments are submitted in regard to 9 CFR Part 201, Federal Register Number 2017-07361, posted April 12, 2017, on behalf of the National Family Farm Coalition (NFFC). The NFFC represents 25 grassroots member[…]
Location: Washington, D.C. Organizational Description National Family Farm Coalition (NFFC) unites and strengthens the work of its diverse grassroots member organizations to demand viable livelihoods for family farmers, fishermen and workers; safe and healthy food for all; and economically and environmentally sound rural communities. Founded in 1987, NFFC is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization committed[…]
NAFTA should be replaced with a different agreement with the goal of increasing living standards in all three countries. Any provisions related to agriculture must start from a goal of rebuilding farm and food systems to support fair and sustainable rural economies and food supplies.
June 5, 2017 At a press conference held at the Perkins Restaurant in Tunkhannock, Arden Tewksbury, Manager of Progressive Agriculture Organization (Pro-Ag) announced that several farm organizations, milk cooperatives, and county commissioners have petitioned the USDA in Washington DC asking for a national milk hearing for all dairy farmers. The petition clearly asks the Department[…]
Driven by OMB Director Mulvaney, it would destroy farm programs, leave Rural America in ruins and undo years of conservation efforts.
May 18, 2017 The independent family farming, ranching and fishing members of the National Family Farm Coalition have watched their incomes drop, their markets close and their communities deteriorate since the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) passed in 1993. It is time for a new and fair trade agreement that supports independent farmers[…]
In a society like ours, where there is no such thing as a living wage for a good share of the population, we depend on a cheap food supply. It is unconscionable that we have such income disparity, that we have allowed this cycle of poverty to exist.
The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) must be replaced with a transparent trade agreement that ensures farmers in all three nations—Canada, Mexico, and the United States—receive fair prices for their production, that consumers are guaranteed the right to know the content and origin of their food, and that strong environmental protections are put in[…]