We are a network of farmers, ranchers, working people throughout the food supply chain, and organizations that represent them. Family Farm Action Alliance is a tax-deductible charitable organization designated by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) organization. It is headquartered in Missouri and was formed in 2019 as an affiliate organization of Family Farm Action, a political nonprofit organization designated by the IRS as a 501(c)(4) organization. Together, we represent a seamless chain of action from research and policy development to the adoption of the policy through legislative action by elected officials who support our vision.
Today, a handful of monopolistic multinational corporations have unprecedented control over our economy, ensuring it only works for them. This corporate power denies family farmers, ranchers, hard-working people, and local and regional businesses – especially those who have been historically marginalized – a fair chance to prosper.
Big agribusinesses and food monopolies extract the wealth from our rural communities, leaving a wasteland of boarded up businesses and empty main streets. They externalize their cost of production onto taxpayers in the form of subsidies, environmental harm, healthcare costs, and unfair labor practices. Their business model threatens our drinking water and abuses the land, animals, and our neighbors. Their monopolistic control of our economy is a threat to our very way of life.
We Know Rural America Can Be a Vibrant Hub of Economic Opportunity for All People
Deeply rooted in the history of American agriculture is racial injustice and systemic oppression, which stripped Indigenous peoples of their land and enslaved millions of Africans and their descendants. Accumulated inequality and discrimination has resulted in widening wealth gaps for people of color with their communities entangled in chronic poverty and food insecurity. Systemic discrimination places structural barriers for individuals and communities of color, blocking them from having an equal opportunity to participate in our economy and share in economic prosperity. We will not win economic liberty until social and racial injustices are eradicated from our society and our economy.
We know rural America can be a vibrant hub of economic opportunity for all people. We envision an economy free of discrimination, worker abuse, wage suppression and monopoly corporate power and driven by a resilient local and regional food system.
Through sound research and a bold agenda, Family Farm Action Alliance’s mission is to expose the abusive nature of monopoly corporate power, develop policy reforms and market opportunities, and advocate for the advancement of an inclusive economy where all people have a right to share in the prosperity they help build.