Letter to the USTR on US opposition to WTO proposals from developing countries to address their food security objectives and to allow for greater public spending to ensure more stable food supplies and prices.
Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement a Framework for the Future (01.26.10) – The faith, labor, family farm, consumer, environmental, human rights and social justice organizations within Citizens Trade Campaign (CTC) wrote Obama urging him to enact meaningful trade reform as his administration enters into negotiations for a proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement (TPP). To learn more about the TPP, visitwww.citizenstrade.org/tpp.php.
Please read this Food Safety Modernization Act sign-on letter in defense of the Tester-Hagan exemption. It was submitted to the USDA as a formal comment on FSMA to both the Produce Safety and the Preventive Controls rule.
Here is a new letter sent to the President about restoring full funding for Section 2501 of the Farm Bill.
This week, we cosigned two letters address to the Farm Bill Conferees. One is on the Farm Bill in total and one is specifically on GIPSA. Please read them below.
As the House and Senate Conferees are slated to begin conferencing the 2013 farm bill on Wednesday, October 30, the NFFC Dairy Subcommittee will convene a tele-press call on Tuesday, October 29, at 1 PM EDT/10AM PDT.
Dairy farmers and representatives from consumer and dairy-related businesses from will describe the impacts of the current economic crisis, as well as the potential outcomes from the 2013 farm bill, on farmers, their families, rural communities, and consumers.
Arden Tewksbury of Pennsylvania and Dairy Subcommittee chair stated,
“The dairy provisions contained in the proposed new Farm Bill does nothing to enable dairy farmers to earn a fair price for their milk. We are hopeful that Part II of the Dairy Title of S. 954 – the Senate version of the farm bill – will be retained during conference. This section, Dairy Market Transparency, calls for mandatory price reporting, and Section 1462 outlines a procedure for USDA to hold hearings on the future for federal milk marketing orders for Class III pricing. This gives us some hope that changes could be adopted in the future.”
Tele-press conference details:
Date: Tuesday, October 29
Time: 1 PM EDT/12 noon CDT/11 AM MDT/ 10 AM PDT
How: Please call (202) 543-5675 for the toll-free call-in information or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Who: Dairy farmers with representatives from a consumer organization and related business
Why: To learn the effects of the economic crisis and potential ramifications of the 2013 farm bill on farmers, rural communities and consumers’ food safety
For more information, please call Kathy Ozer at (202) 543-5675.
Full and Fair Farm Bill Statement 9-27-13 Amidst discussion of the potential government shutdown, the Farm Bill extension from 2012 is set to expire October 1st, 2013. This letter was delivered last week to all members of Congress urging them to pass a Farm Bill that includes provisions to protect independent, family farmers, farm and food workers, the environment, food and nutrition programs, rural economic development programs, and reforms commodity and crop insurance programs. NFFC joined over 400 groups across the country on this letter.
Please read our sign-on letter to USDA Secretary Vilsack about COOL.
Letter to House and Senate Agriculture Committees urging support for programs important to beginning and minority farmers. This was sent to help influence their deliberations that are being submitted to the Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (10.25.11)
NFFC and a national “Network of Black Farm Groups and Advocates” write Senators seeking justice for farmers through support of a final passage of legislation to fund the Black farmer settlement (9.27.10)
Joint Letter to Governments, UN Bodies and International Financial Institutions re: International Call for a Coordinated Approach to Food Reserves (06.01.10)
Joint Letter to Congress In Support of Reserves (4.28.08)