Please watch the House Appropriations debates last week over Representative Kaptur’s amendments to strike language from the GIPSA rider. Current language prevents the GIPSA administration from protecting farmers and ranchers against retaliation, anti-competitive practices, and abusive contracts. Unfortunately, both amendments were voted down in recorded votes. We will continue our efforts to take this language[…]
This week has been a jam packed week here in DC. In addition to the Appropriations process and a few conferences (more on those later), the fifth round of negotiations for the EU-US trade deal (TAFTA, the TransAtlantic Free Trade Agreement, or TTIP, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) happened on the George Mason University[…]
One hundred sixty eight organizations across the country signed onto a letter asking the House Appropriations Committee to oppose policy riders that inhibit GIPSA’s regulation and implementation authority. Please read the House anti-GIPSA rider letter here.
One hundred seventy-nine organizations signed onto a letter asking the House Appropriations committee to reject attempts to defund COOL through policy riders. Please read the House Appropriations COOL letter here.
Forty-five organizations signed on to a letter urging Senators Pryor and Blunt to fully fund programs for veterans who are now in agriculture and the Military Veterans Agricultural Liaison office during the current appropriations process. Please read the Sign-on Letter for Veterans issues here.
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Please read our sign-on letter on the House Appropriations process. This letter was written by members of the Getting Our Act Together group, including the Rural Coalition, Community Food & Justice Coalition, Farmers Veteran Coalition, Federation of Southern Cooperatives Rural Training and Research Center, National Alliance of Farmworker Women, National Hmong American Farmers, Inc., National[…]
Tyler Mac Innis serves as NFFC’s Emerson National Hunger Fellow. He will be following Farm Bill implementation and making regular updates on the process here. USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack appeared before the House Agriculture Committee last week to discuss the state of the rural economy and field questions on the implementation of the Farm Bill.[…]
When veterans return home to a crumbling economy, where can they turn? How about to NFFC member the Farmer Veteran Coalition? Dulanie Ellis and Raymond Singer have created the film “Ground Operations: Battlefields to Farmfields” to highlight the amazing work that Veteran farmers are doing across the country. In a briefing on the Hill today,[…]
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