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NFFC Testimony by Topic

Credit, Loans, and Disaster

USDA Farm Loan Programs (FLP) - Farmers Legal Action Group (FLAG) for NFFC - Senate Agriculture Committee Oversight Hearing (06.13.06)


Dairy Crisis - Paul Rozwadowski for NFFC - House Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy and Poultry (07.21.09)

Dairy Policy Recommendations - Randy Jasper for NFFC - Senate Agriculture Committee Hearing on Economic Challenges and Opportunities Facing American Agriculture Producers Today (04.24.07)

Milk Protein Products - NFFC - International Trade Commission General Fact-Finding Investigation on Conditions of Competition for Milk Protein Products in the U.S. Market (12.11.03)

Dairy Crisis - NFFC - Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight, Nutrition and Forestry Hearing on the State of the Dairy Industry (05.20.03)

Farm Bill

Farm Bill - NFFC - House Agriculture Committee, Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management (04.26.07)

Food from Family Farms Act - Larry Mitchell of American Corn Growers Association (ACGA) - House Agriculture Committee, Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management (03.28.07)

Genetic Engineering

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)


Alternative Global Trade Policy - Ralph Page of Federation of Southern Cooperatives for NFFC - Citizens Trade Campaign - Summits at the Convention (07.27.04)


NFFC Newsletters

Official NFFC Letters by Topic


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 for final report on workshops.

Letter to Attorney General Holder and Secretary Vilsack on improving future workshops.

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.

NFFC and 50-plus Groups Send Letter to Secretaries Vilsack and Geithner Urging Action on Farm Loans and Foreclosures (03.03.09)


Organizations, business', and individuals urge Members of Congress to support a Farm Bill including a better solution to the crisis facing dairy farmers. (12.3.12)

Urge all members of the US Senate to look at the pricing formula in the Federal Milk Marketing Improvement Act (S-1640) (6.20.12)

This letter was sent to the Senate signed by over 20 organizations urging co-sponsorship of S. 1640; the Federal Milk Marketing Improvement Act of 2011 (10.26.11)

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 Dairy Subcommittee Sends Letter to USDA Secretary Vilsack Requesting Implementation of 608c(18) to Adjust Farm Milk Prices (03.02.09)

Third Letter to Senator Leahy Requesting Hearings into Dairy Farmers of America (02.09.09)

Letter to Congress Urging Emergency Measures for Dairy in Economic Stimulus (1.29.08)

Joint Letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Demanding Investigation Into Dairy Farmers of America (6.26.08)

Food Safety

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 Committee’s 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.

Food 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.

Food Speculation

Joint Letter to Urge President Obama to Curb Food Speculation to Fight Global Hunger Crisis (03.24.09)

Food Sovereignty

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)

Letter to The Honorable Co-Chairs of the Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction (10.14.11)

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 joins 140 state and national farm and livestock organizations in letters to the House and Senate committee members backing the GIPSA rule.

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.

Joint Letter to USDA Requesting Captive Supply Rulemaking (02.01.11)

Letter to Rep. Peterson and Rep. Lucas Urging Support for New Rule by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Grain Inspection Packers and Stockyards Administration (USDA-GIPSA) (07.23.10)

Health Care

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 America’s farmers and ranchers while doing nothing to address food safety and animal disease concerns.

80+ Groups Send Letter to Congress Demanding no New Funding for NAIS (07.07.09)

Joint Letter to Secretary Vilsack Opposing Further Implementation of NAIS (03.16.09)

Joint Letter to the U.S. Senate to request funding for NAIS be dropped from Omnibus Appropriations Bill (03.04.09)

Joint Letter to Senate Appropriations Requesting No Linkage Between NAIS and School Lunch Program (7.15.08)

Joint Letter to House Appropriations Requesting No Linkage Between NAIS and School Lunch Program (6.25.08)


Joint Letter to Governments, UN Bodies and International Financial Institutions re: International Call for a Coordinated Approach to Food Reserves (06.01.10)

Joint Letter to Congress In Support of Reserves (4.28.08)

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)

Letter to Bonilla and DeLauro expressing thanks for US Department of Agriculture Programs that Benefit Minority, Small, and Limited Resource Farm Workers, Farmers, and Ranchers (3.08 06)


Letter to Rep. Peterson and Congressional leaders regarding the potential impact on dairy farmers of TPP

Letter to Ron Kirk, United States Trade Representative, seeking increased transparency in the Transpacific FTA negotiations.

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


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