Small-scale family farms are the backbone of rural America, making up 89% of all US farms. Despite their importance, many farmers are struggling from factors outside of their control. Fluctuating markets and farm product prices, increasing corporate consolidation, unbalanced trade policies, environmental degradation, and ongoing systemic racism have left farmers, and the communities they support, in a dire situation. The US food system today is considered by most standards to be more concentrated than at any point in the last century around a handful of multinational corporations and their subsidiaries. Current federal farm policy generally supports the status quo, at the expense of family farmers and the average consumer.
The 2023 Farm Bill is an opportunity to fundamentally transform our food system by implementing policies that support good food for everyone, thriving rural communities and local economies, and resilience against climate change and ecosystem damage. Community-based, farmer-led agricultural systems based on the tenets of agroecology and food sovereignty are the best path forward to a resilient food system that supports everybody’s needs. Farm Bill policies must prioritize what farmers need to keep them on their land and feeding their communities.
It's time for fair food and farm policies that put family farmers first!
Our Farm Bill Priorities
As Congress moves forward in negotiating the 2023 Farm Bill, NFFC and our member organizations call on our elected officials and our allies to endorse U.S. agriculture policies that support rural communities, diverse local economies, international human rights, agroecology and resilience against climate change, and good food for everyone.
Our policy priorities reflect our deep commitment to the people who feed us.
To view our full Farm Bill Platform, click here.
Dairy Reform with Supply Management and Price Floors
Strengthening Land Access for Historically Underserved Producers and Family Farmers
Improving Agricultural Credit Access
Equitable Implementation of USDA Debt Relief
NFFC Farm Bill Platform Endorsements
Since 1986, the National Family Farm Coalition (NFFC) has fought for fair prices for farmers, robust conservation programs, food sovereignty, and trade justice. Our 31 member organizations span nearly every state and represent a wide diversity of producers across the country, including commodity farmers, fruit and vegetable growers, ranchers, and fishermen.
Our shared policy priorities have received support from a number of allies - NFFC member organizations have endorsed our platform.
American Raw Milk Producers Pricing Association
Ashtabula Lake Geauga Counties Farmers’ Union
California Dairy Campaign
Community Alliance for Global Justice
Community Farm Alliance
Dakota Resource Council
Dakota Rural Action
Family Farm Defenders
Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance
Farms Not Arms
Federation of Southern Cooperatives
Food for Maine’s Future
Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement
Land Loss Prevention Project
Missouri Rural Crisis Center
Northeast Organic Farming Association – Connecticut
Northeast Organic Farming Association – Massachusetts
Northeast Organic Farming Association - New Hampshire
Northeast Organic Farming Association - New Jersey
Northeast Organic Farming Association - New York
Northeast Organic Farming Association - Rhode Island
Northeast Organic Farming Association - Vermont
Northern Plains Resource Council
North American Marine Alliance
Powder River Basin Resource Council
Progressive Agriculture Organization
Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA
Western Colorado Alliance
Women, Food and Agriculture Network