Were Dairy Farmers’ Concerns Adequately Addressed at the House Ag Committee Hearing?

March 22, 2017 Arden Tewksbury When I learned late last week that the United State House Agriculture Committee was having a hearing on March 22, I immediately made contact with members of the committee regarding the possibility of me testifying at the hearing. I was told all slots were filled up.  So, I immediately wrote[…]

Joint NFFC-RC-NLFRTA Release on TPP’s Demise

For more information contact:  Katherine Ozer, Executive Director, National Family Farm Coalition, 202-421-4544, kozer@nffc.net; Lorette Picciano, Executive Director, Rural Coalition, 202-628-7161, lpicciano@ruralco.org; Rudy Arredondo, President, National Latino Farmers and Ranchers Trade Association, 202-628-1440, latinofarmers@live.com November 15, 2016   Statement on Behalf of National Family Farm Coalition, Rural Coalition and National Latino Farmers and Ranchers Trade[…]

Farm Aid and Dairy Farmers Meet USDA Officials in DC

Several dairy farmers and staff of various farm organizations met on September 15, Thursday in Washington with officials of the USDA in meetings and events organized by Farm Aid.  Introducing the events was the Farm Aid Executive Director, Carolyn Mugar.  Attending the meetings included Kathy Ozer, Executive Director of the National Family Farm Coalition, Gene[…]

NFFC and Allies Oppose Coordinated Framework Process in Letter and Press Release

[Press release:  http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/news/advocates-call-meaningful-public-participation-federal-regulation-biotech]   August 3, 2016 Howard Shelanski Administrator, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs The Office of Management and Budget 725 17th Street NW Washington, DC 20503   Dr. John Holdren Director, Office of Science and Technology Policy Executive Office of the President 1650 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20504   Dear Mr.[…]

Pro Ag Organization Holds Successful Hearing for Dairy Farmers

May 27, 2016 Arden Tewksbury Sixteen dairy farmers testified at last Tuesday’s milk hearing held at Perkins Restaurant in Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania.  According to Arden Tewksbury, Manager, Pro-Ag, “The dairy farmers told it like it is down on the farm.”   The hearing was attended by aides to Senator Bob Casey’s office, Senator Pat Toomey’s office, Rep.[…]

The Daily Star Reports on Dairy Farmer Concerns

Several reporters participated in a telepress conference held last month by NFFC executive director Kathy Ozer and dairy farmer leaders. Mark Boshnack from the Daily Star (upstate New York) noted that, ‘Progressive Agriculture Organization manager Arden Tewksbury of Meshoppen, Pa., said that a supply-management system could charge farmers for excess milk produced above a yearly[…]

Farm, Faith and Rural Groups Oppose TPP to Congress

April 27, 2016   Attention: Ag/Trade Leg. Staff U.S. House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515   Dear Representative: The undersigned 161 farm, food, rural and faith groups urge you to reject the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement. Independent family farmers and ranchers will see little benefit from the purported export gains from the[…]

Sustainable Agriculture, Faith and Rural Organizations Express Opposition to TPP

April 18, 2016 Dear Member of Congress, We write to you as development, faith-based and sustainable agriculture organizations concerned about the potential impacts of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) on food security and sustainable development in the member countries and around the world. Many of us work closely with partners in developing countries and have witnessed[…]

NFFC Stands for the Right to Know, Against DARK Act

The National Family Farm Coalition is a long-time advocate of food sovereignty. As declared at the 2007 Forum for Food Sovereignty in Nyéléni: “Food sovereignty is the right of peoples to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods, and their right to define their own food and agriculture systems. It[…]