The current House Farm Bill is very disappointing, but not surprising. There were a whole lot of massive cuts made to existing programs, especially SNAP and conservation programs. This is not the final bill, however, and there will still be time and opportunities to make it better. Our federal policy and legislation gurus, the National [...]
June 27, 2012 (borrowed heavily from the Food Democracy Now! action alert)
Last week the Senate overwhelmingly voted against the Sanders’ “Consumers Right to Know About Genetically Engineered Food Act” (amendment S. 2310) that would have clarified state’s rights to label genetically engineered foods. Rather than stand up for the rights of Americans, 73 U.S. Senators chose [...]
US Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, wants to hear from you!
The US Department of Agriculture has created an online forum, The Secretary’s Challenge, that invites Future Farmers of America members and other young people to help shape federal agricultural policy. Learn more about the Farm Bill, and weigh in on six key areas of concern [...]
Historically, Friends of Family Farmers has been focused at a state level for policy and legislation. A lot of the agricultural policy that directly affects farmers and ranchers in our state is set at a state level, and since no one else is a voice for sustainable agricultural or socially responsible famers and ranchers, [...]
Friends of Family Farmers focuses primarily at the state level for legislation and policy to support Oregon’s family farmers and ranchers, so we are lucky that there are Oregon organizations keeping track of all the Federal issues that affect us. This Action Alert comes from Oregon Rural Action, a chapter of Western Organization of [...]