House Farm Bill Passes, Will Fail Rural America

National Family Farm Coalition is extremely disappointed in the passage of the House farm bill yesterday. This draconian measure does little to help family farmers, while proposing punitive work requirements for recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), making detrimental changes to conservation, and cutting funding for important programs that support local food systems.[…]

NFFC Statement on House Passage of Regressive Tax Reform

We are very disappointed in the House vote yesterday moving forward with its regressive tax reform. This bill would take hard-earned income from struggling rural communities and put it into corporate coffers and the pockets of millionaires. Our member organizations represent ​family ​farmers​ and ranchers, community-based fishermen, small business owners, rural advocates and other Americans[…]

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.

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.[…]

Competition in Agriculture

Letter to Congress on the serious financial crisis experienced by the majority of U.S. dairy farmers Letter to Attorney General Holder and Secretary Vilsack to call for investigation of sheep market Letter to Congressional Agriculture Committee Leaders on competition issues in the 2012 Farm Bill Letter to Attorney General Holder and Secretary Vilsack to call[…]

Dairy Farmer Gretchen Maine Outlines Price Issues for Members of Congress

Gretchen Maine, a New York dairy farmer, wrote a letter to Congress outlining the basic problems faced by dairy producers today – prices received for their do not cover the costs for producing it. March 4, 2013 To: All Members of Congress From: Gretchen Maine, Dairy Farmer 143 Mason Rd. Waterville, NY 13480 whinniesg@aol.com 315‐861‐5721[…]