In Organic Farming, Rules Are Not Made to be Broken

The first day our milk was sold as certified organic, in 1999, we thought we had it made. The market for organic milk was growing and there was no reason to believe the growing consumer demand would not continue. Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, even regular supermarket chains were looking to get organic products on their[…]

NFFC & Rural Coalition Outline NAFTA Concerns to USTR

NAFTA should be replaced with an agreement that encourages and ensures environmental sustainability, economic viability and longevity for the people growing and harvesting our food, as well as their communities, in all three NAFTA countries.

Pro Ag Holds Press Conference in Tunkhannock

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[…]

NAFTA Needs To Be Replaced, Not Renegotiated

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[…]

Dairy Farmers’ Concerns Not Addressed at House Ag 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[…]

The Trans Pacific Partnership Will Not Help Struggling Farmers

A recent Associated Press article noted that Wisconsin dairy producers “see nothing but advantages” if the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) were passed during the final session of Congress. A more accurate statement would be that some dairy producers see nothing but advantages. I am at a loss to understand how dairy producers would see any[…]

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[…]