Category Archives: Agriculture

Call Now to Support Fair Taxes for Small Farmers

Action alert from the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance:

Small FarmProperty taxes are a critical issue for many farmers. Small farmers who have been denied agricultural valuation of their land face thousands of dollars in extra taxes — a cost that they cannot readily absorb with their narrow profit margins.

The Texas Legislature is considering multiple bills relating to property taxes right now,  including HB 92 by Rep. Eddie Rodriguez, which would help small farmers across the state.  This was a bill we worked on during the regular session, but which was one of the thousands of bills that never made it out of committee — this time, it was approved by the House Ag Committee on Friday and has a chance to move forward!

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Help protect our win on Animal ID

Action Alert from the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance:

The deadline to submit comments is Monday, July 31, 2017

Animal Disease Traceability (ADT)

Between 2006 and 2010, FARFA helped lead a national grassroots coalition to fight a massive, over-reaching industry-government program called the National Animal Identification System (NAIS). NAIS would have required everyone who owned any livestock to register their property, tag their animal (in most cases using electronic forms of ID), and register their movements with a database.

There were fees and costs associated with every step. The combination of expense and time burdens would have driven many independent livestock producers out of business, and would have burdened people who keep small numbers of livestock at home.

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Tell Congress to Support Local Meat Production

Action alert from the Weston A. Price Foundation:

We have an exciting opportunity to expand access to locally produced meat for consumers around the country!  U.S. Representatives Thomas Massie (R-KY) and Chellie Pingree (D-ME) have introduced legislation to make it easier for small farms and ranches to sell locally raised and processed meat to consumers.

H.R. 3187, the Processing Revival and Intrastate Meat Exemption (PRIME) Act, would give individual states the freedom to permit intra-state distribution of custom-slaughtered meat to individual consumers and to restaurants, hotels, and grocery stores that directly serve consumers.  Custom-processed beef, pork, lamb, and goat are covered under the bill.

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Help Fix Your Local Food System – Attend Food Freedom Fest!

Food Freedom Fest
August 14-16, 2015
Shenandoah Valley, Virginia

Grow Your Agtivism Skills at Food Freedom Fest!

Food Freedom Fest Aug 14-16 2015 Shenandoah Valley, VAAttend the second annual Food Freedom Fest, an educational and entertaining (up to) three-day gathering for anyone who celebrates and appreciates freedom of choice in food and agriculture, all set in the scenic and historic Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.

Discover ways to educate the public, legislators and regulators about strengthening our local food system and network with others who share the same passions!

Register Now to secure your spot at Food Freedom Fest 2015!

Join us! Here’s the plan:

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Keep Small Farmers & Food Producers in Business: Take Action on FDA’s 2014 Proposed Food Safety Regulations

The FDA’s re-proposed Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rules will have a disastrous impact on small, sustainable farms and food businesses if they are approved as written. Many producers will have to raise prices, or could be driven out of business, reducing consumer access to local, healthy foods.

The real risk for foodborne illness comes from the large-scale, industrialized food system, with its national or even multinational sourcing and distribution chains. But the FDA’s rules take a one-size-fits-all approach on many issues, imposing costly burdens on small producers who are not the source of the problem. In addition, many of the new requirements are so confusing that they will raise costs and penalize producers simply from the confusion they will create!

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Farm & Food Leadership Conference: Don’t miss early registration, program lineup

FARFA_wilderness_logoAnnouncement from the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance:

We hope you will join us for this year’s Farm & Food Leadership Conference on September 15-16 in Bastrop, Texas. Hear the latest news on the laws and regulations that govern our food supply, connect with others who are passionate about our food system, and get the tools you need to make a difference in the coming year!

CLICK HERE FOR EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION

Registration fees will go up on August 1, so register today to save money!

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Save Our Farmers: Tell Congress to Oppose New Use of Toxic Herbicide

Action Alert from the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance:

Crop DustingWhat happens when the government approves new herbicide-resistant GMO crops?

The use of that herbicide skyrockets.

We’ve seen it happen with Roundup-resistant crops, and now we face a tidal wave of 2,4-D spraying. The impact would be inescapable. This toxic herbicide can volatilize and travel for miles, killing and stunting non-GMO crops with no way for the farmers to protect themselves.

In addition to destroying non-GMO crops, 2,4-D has also been linked to cancer, Parkinson’s disease, endocrine disruption, and reproductive problems.

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Help Stop New Tax on Farmers

Alert from the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance:

Have you owned at least one head of cattle in the last 12 months? You have a voice in whether you should be required to pay more taxes on cattle sales! The Big Beef industry wants to double the tax that cattle owners pay for every sale of their animals.

Even if you didn’t own cattle, you can still help us by spreading the word.

Voting starts today, June 2, through Friday, June 6! TODAY is the last day to a request a mail-in ballot. Click here for details on how to vote.

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Congress is getting close to a deal on the Farm Bill — it’s time to speak up again!

FARFA_wilderness_logoAction alert from the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance:

After many delays, it looks like Congress is getting close to a final version of the Farm Bill. We’ve been told that the conference committee has agreed on the broad framework. The final negotiations will include several issues that we’ve worked on: Country of Origin Labeling, fair markets for livestock farmers, and food safety regulations.

Even if you have called before, please call again to make sure your voice is heard on these issues! You can find out who to call and what to say in the Take Action section below.

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Tell Congress not to turn control over to corporations — say NO to Fast Track on trade deals!

Action alert from the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance:

International courts, acting at the request of private corporations, overturning the laws adopted by your elected officials. Does that sound like a good idea to you? Scarily, if the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement goes through, you’ll see a lot more of this.

The TPP is a new so-called “free trade” agreement being negotiated between the U.S. and a dozen other Pacific Rim countries. But the reality is that the TPP is a permanent power grab by corporations that will make it impossible for the citizens of the TPP countries, including American citizens, to decide what laws and rules they want to live under.

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