Kaptur defends GIPSA, farmers, and ranchers in Appropriations debate

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[…]

Opposition to anti-GIPSA rider letter to House Appropriations

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.

Letter to Senators Pryor and Blunt on Veteran Farmers

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.

Dairy leader’s letter on fair milk prices sent to Ag Committees

To: Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chair of the Senate Ag Committee, Senator Thad Cochran, Minority Chair of the Senate Ag Committee Rep. Frank Lucas; Chair; House Ag Committee Rep. Colin Peterson, Minority Chair; House Ag Committee                                                                                                                                                        January 10, 2014 Dear Agriculture Leaders:   I fully believe it’s time you bring closure to the[…]

Down to Earth: Small Farm Issues In a Big Farm World

Students at Ball State University created this excellent short documentary on the state of small farms in the U.S. Kathy was interviewed for and featured in it as well. The film focuses on the story of the Becker Family Farm and features interviews with other notable individuals like Will Allen of Growing Power and Senator[…]