Mad Cows, Fat Cats, and Chlorinated Chickens: NFFC protests TAFTA

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[…]

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.

Legislative Update from D.C.

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.[…]

More Than 90 Groups Request Zero Funding for Animal ID Program

Over 90 Farm, Consumer and Other Groups Request Zero Funding for Animal ID Program (9.22.09) – Over 90 organizations representing conventional farmers and ranchers, organic farmers, property rights activists, and consumers have sent a letter to Senate and House conferees for the Agriculture Appropriations bill urging them to zero out funding for the National Animal Identification[…]