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Category Archives: Farming
Action alert from the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance:
Property 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!
Action Alert from the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance:
The deadline to submit comments is Monday, July 31, 2017
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.
Announcement from the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance:
Find out how YOU can make a difference for the future of local agriculture.
Join us at the 11th Annual Farm & Food Leadership Conference, September 24-26, in McKinney, Texas!
Get the latest news about sustainable farming and local foods while you connect with others who are as passionate as you are about these issues.
Take advantage of Early Bird rates
by registering now!
Don’t miss the keynote address by international leader in sustainable agriculture Fred Kirschenmann!
Hear other top speakers on important issues, including:
- On-farm food safety.
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.
Want to get the latest news about sustainable farming and local foods? Connect with other people who are passionate about these issues? Be able to make a difference for the future of local agriculture?
Then join us at this year’s Farm & Food Leadership Conference on September 25-26 in Bryan/ College Station, Texas!
Early Bird Registration has been extended to August 25, so register now!
Hear top speakers on hot issues:
- Farm-to-School Programs and Beyond
- Genetically Engineered Crops
- The Threats to Bees
- The Future of Water in Texas
Food Freedom Fest
August 14-16, 2015
Shenandoah Valley, Virginia
Grow Your Agtivism Skills at Food Freedom Fest!
Attend 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:
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!
Monday-Tuesday, November 10-11, 2014
The local food movement is growing by leaps and bounds, but so is the opposition to it. From local zoning conflicts to burdensome state and federal regulations, we need more people across the country–both farmers and consumers–to speak up!
Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance (FARFA) is offering a two-day Citizen Activism Workshop to help you learn how to be effective in speaking up on the issues that matter to you, whether it’s as part of a larger group like FTCLDF or FARFA or leading the charge at the local level. The knowledge and information you will gain will help you make good use of your valuable time and have a greater impact.
Announcement from the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund:
A new prize has been added to this year’s Food Freedom Fest benefiting the FTCLDF. (See the previous post about the Fest.)
You can win a trip for two to the Shenandoah Valley
Entries due midnight Friday, August 15, 2014
Announcement from the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund:
September 5 & 6 – Shenandoah Valley, Virginia
On Friday night, join supporters of Food Freedom for a market and street fair in historic downtown Staunton! Enjoy live music, cause-friendly vendors, dinner by Chipotle, and help us, along with the city of Staunton, honor Joel Salatin and his tireless effort to restore and preserve food freedom.
Then, on Saturday, celebrate the mission and vision of the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund as evidenced at the innovative and sustainable Polyface Farm, the Virginia home of Joel and Teresa Salatin.