A new political ag group has formed and they plan to get vocal. Family Farm Action says they are here to fight to protect America’s family farms and rural communities from multinational agribusiness monopolies that are destroying rural economies and way of life.
Family Farm Action wants to fill a significant void they say as most existing agricultural political organizations traditionally represent Republican candidates and corporate agriculture. And they plan to get political — presenting polling and research, pushing state-level legislation, and campaigning for initiatives and pro-family farmer candidates.
“American family farmers have many great nonprofit organizations who advocate for family farm agriculture, but it is time all of us family farmers have a political voice,” said Joe Maxwell, President and CEO of Family Farm Action. “Our freedom and our democracy is threatened by the corporate stranglehold large corporations have on our country; it’s time to fight back.”
“I am proud to Chair Family Farm Action,” stated Lillian Salerno, former USDA Undersecretary for Rural Development under President Obama. “The concentration in the market and the economic power that a few multi-national corporations have over family farmers and rural America must come to an end or the end will come to rural America as we know it.”
Family Farm Action says corporate consolidation, much of it foreign owned, has hurt family farmers and destroyed rural communities. The organization is calling for a new “Farmers Bill of Rights” to level the playing field and let family farmers compete. The platform calls for limitations on contract farming, new restrictions on foreign ownership of American farm land, and renewed anti-trust provisions to break agribusiness monopolies.
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