Press Releases - 2012 - 2011 - 2010 - 2009 - 2008 - 2007 - 2006 - 2005 - 2004 - 2003
|NFFC Testimony by Topic|
GMO Cross-Contamination - Todd Leake for Dakota Resource Council and the Western Organization of Resource Councils - U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Domestic Policy Subcommittee Hearing - "Is the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Accounting for the Costs to Farmers From Contamination Caused by Genetically Engineered (GE) Plants?" (03.13.08)
Local Food and Nutrition
Farm to School - Emily Jackson of the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (NC) - Senate Agriculture Committee Hearing -Economic Challenges and Opportunities Facing American Agriculture Producers Today (04.24.07)
|Official NFFC Letters by Topic|
Competition in Agriculture
Credit, Loans, and Disaster
100+ Groups Urge USDA to Suspend CAFO Loans (11.16.09) - Over 100 groups signed a letter to Secretary Vilsack urging the USDA to to immediately suspend all direct or guaranteed loans for the construction or expansion of specialized hog or poultry production facilities.
Nearly 60 Groups Send Letter to House Agriculture Committee and U.S Senate demanding Secretary Vilsack institute an emergency dairy price floor of $18 to stop the economic collapse of rural America (07.13.09)
NFFC joined the Center for Food Safety and other allies to oppose
proposed changes to the oversight of genetically engineered (GE) crops
in Sections 10011-10014 of the House Agriculture Committees discussion
draft of the 2012 Farm Bill. An earlier letter was sent to Chairman
Lucas and Ranking Member Collin Peterson opposing the riders; the most
recent version has been signed by 44 organizations and businesses. (7.10.12)
Deny deregulation for genetically-engineered, 2,4-D-resistant corn - Letter to the USDA to deny Dow's request to deregulate GE 2,4-D-resistant corn, a product which would likely increase the use of 2,4-D, a toxic herbicide used in Agent Orange signed by 147 organizations, farms, and businesses. An evidence-based letter signed by 35 health scientists was also submitted. (4.26.12)
NFFC and 126 national and local organizations urge Senators to support the amendment co-sponsored by Senators Tester and Hagan to ensure that small-scale direct-marketing farms and food producers are protected from unnecessary and overly burdensome federal regulations.
100 organizations, representing consumers, farmers and ranchers, local food producers, and co-ops, are concerned about the pending food safety legislation, S.510, the Food Safety Modernization Act (9.28.10)
Support Fresh, Safe Local Food in the Food Safety Bill (06.10.10) - Letter to Senators by 157 organizations urging support for amendments so as to improve food safety without unnecessarily burdening and handicapping small-scale, local food producers.
Safety Act Has Serious Flaws (11.10.09) - Organizations representing
consumers, small farmers and ranchers, and local food producers wrote
Senators to express their concerns over pending food safety legislation.
Letter to Leadership of the Congressional Agriculture Committees to express our strong support for Congress to complete the reauthorization of the farm bill in 2012. (02.14.12)
Why We Left Our Farms to Come to Copenhagen (12.07.09) - Read the speech of Via Campesina's General Coordinator, Henry Saragih, at the opening session of Klimaforum 2009.
NFFC signs this letter from 83 Organizations to Secretary Vilsack requesting Captive Supply Rulemaking.
NFFC joins 135 organizations in a comment to support the GIPSA rule published by the USDA. The comments show that farmers are standing up to unfair treatment and are not alone. They have the support of hundreds of fellow farmers, the support of numberous organizations, and the support of consumers across America. Read the comment letter here and read news coverage here.
NFFC Urges Pelosi to Support Health Care Reform (11.10.09) - NFFC wrote Nancy Pelosi a letter urging her to vote for passage of H.R. 3962 America's Affordable Health Choices Act as it makes it way to the floor of the House of Representatives this weekend.
National Animal Identification System
38 organizations ask OMB to return the Animal Disease Traceability final rule to the USDA for more thorough review (07.10.12) of its disproportionate impact on small farmers and the associated businesses, such as sale barns and veterinarians.
Farmers Unite Against NAIS (11.18.09) - Family farmers joined food safety groups, sustainable agriculture advocates, and a variety of other organizations in signing letters urging Congress and the USDA to halt implementation of NAIS. Click here to read the letter to Congress, and here for the USDA letter.
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 System for 2010. NAIS will place undue burdens on Americas farmers and ranchers while doing nothing to address food safety and animal disease concerns.
Socially Disadvantaged Farmers
Letter to House and Senate Agriculture Committees urging support for programs important to beginning and minority farmers. This was sent to help influence their deliberations that are being submitted to the Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (10.25.11)
NFFC and a national Network of Black Farm Groups and Advocates write Senators seeking justice for farmers through support of a final passage of legislation to fund the Black farmer settlement (9.27.10)
Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement a Framework for the Future (01.26.10) - The faith, labor, family farm, consumer, environmental, human rights and social justice organizations within Citizens Trade Campaign (CTC) wrote Obama urging him to enact meaningful trade reform as his administration enters into negotiations for a proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement (TPP). To learn more about the TPP, visit www.citizenstrade.org/tpp.php.
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