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[…]
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.
As Spring has finally arrived, so has our latest Newsletter. Here is a printer-friendly B&W version. Here is the full color version. Happy Reading!
Read our official statement on the Farm Bill released by the Conference Committee last night. NFFC Responds to 2014 Conference Committee Farm Bill
Ninety six organizations signed on to this letter advocating that no changes be made to country of origin labeling (COOL) rules during the 2014 Farm Bill Conference. Please read it here 2014 Farm Bill Conferee COOL Letter
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[…]
Please read this short update on GIPSA, particularly relevant to North Dakota. http://www.thedickinsonpress.com/content/farm-bill-provision-could-be-step-backward-private-producers
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[…]