Unfortunately, USDA’s National Organic Standards Board did not heed the comments and concerns offered by Jim and other organic farmers, and voted to allow hydroponically grown produce to receive organic certification.
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[…]
If there was any hope that Secretary Perdue and this administration would stand up for small- and medium-sized family farmers and the rural communities they support, that has been dashed now.
Farmers Challenge Monsanto CEO’s Definition of “Success” Washington, DC – As members of Congress return to Capitol Hill today, 85 farm and farmer support organizations sent letters to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) urging them to better protect farm families from an unprecedented spike in crop loss from[…]
Having worked for family farmers and rural communities at multiple levels of government for nearly two decades, Quinton Robinson was a logical choice for NFFC policy advocate.
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[…]
The Senate is expected to approve Perdue easily, but the question of his loyalty — to family farmers or to agribusiness — is imperative given the gravity of the economic situation facing rural America.
[Press release: http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/news/advocates-call-meaningful-public-participation-federal-regulation-biotech] August 3, 2016 Howard Shelanski Administrator, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs The Office of Management and Budget 725 17th Street NW Washington, DC 20503 Dr. John Holdren Director, Office of Science and Technology Policy Executive Office of the President 1650 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20504 Dear Mr.[…]
Progressive Agriculture Organization 1300 Rattlesnake Hill Road Meshoppen, PA 18630 Phone 570-833-5776 email@example.com February 1, 2016 SENATOR CASEY MEETS WITH DAIRY FARMERS On Sunday, January 31 Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr. (D-PA) met with several dairy farmers and two county commissioners at his headquarters in Scranton, Pennsylvania. According to Pro-Ag officials, who arranged the[…]
Stephen Tolpinrud just completed his graduate studies in the School of International Service at American University in Washington, DC. For the 2014-15 school year he was enrolled in a practicum overseen by Prof. Garrett Graddy-Lovelace that involved the National Family Farm Coalition and Rural Coalition/Coalición Rural. After several months of research on GMOs and their[…]