Regenerative Agriculture

The Problem

We need to only look out our back door to see that Mother Nature is changing dramatically. The traditional assumptions about annual rainfall, frost dates, floodplains, and more continue to fail us. With stronger and more frequent hurricanes in coastal communities, more prolonged droughts or extreme floods in the heartland, and massive wildfires in the west, we must begin preparing ourselves for a new normal while we work to reverse our course.

Farmers and rural communities are at the forefront of this challenge. Weather is a farmer’s most important business partner. While farmers cannot control the weather, we must strive to find solutions that soften the blow of extremes to the world around us, our farms, and rural economies. Farmers must also be prepared to do our part to mitigate our impact on our climate. But due to increased concentration in the agriculture market sector and government agricultural policies and subsidies, farmers’ production options are limited.

This form of agriculture is one of extraction by large corporations and farms and is detrimental to the soil, the water, the environment, and the economic viability of the independent farm and their rural communities.

Throughout History, Society Has Relied on Farmers to be Good Stewards of Their Natural Resources; However, Over the Past Several Decades, Food and Agriculture Monopoly Corporations Have Moved More and More of Production Agriculture to Industrial Monoculture Practices.

Our Work

Family Farm Action Alliance is developing and advancing policies to evolve the industrial food and agriculture system to a production system based on regenerative agriculture practices that support our planet, America’s farmers, workers, and rural communities.

Through our work, Family Farm Action Alliance highlights the abusive monopoly power of food and agriculture corporations. We have demonstrated that the same transnational corporations that drive farmers from the land through their excessive concentration of the market are the same actors who push industrial agriculture practices that unreasonably contribute to climate change and therefore the economic viability of the farmer.

To advance policies that support independent farmers and their rural communities in the age of climate change, Family Farm Action Alliance leads and participates in national stakeholders’ roundtables where environmentalists, conservationists, animal welfare advocates, and farm organizations share ideas and information, find common ground, and develop strategies to promote regenerative agriculture. 

State and Federal Policy Development

Family Farm Action Alliance has provided research and information to policy makers at the federal level resulting in many of our policy recommendations being included in various legislative packages.
  • Transition away from carbon-intensive, industrial animal agriculture and monoculture production, starting with a moratorium on new Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) and large scale food and agriculture mergers. Establish a moratorium on the construction of new large scale CAFOs.
  • Provide financial support to farmers allowing them to transition out of the industrial monoculture form of agriculture and into a regenerative system of agriculture.
  • As we transition to a new regenerative system of agriculture, ensure that historically underserved farmers and ranchers have fair opportunities in the market, a seat at the table in policy development, access to culturally relevant training and technical assistance, and equal treatment by all Federal agencies.
  • Increase funding for the Farmer Opportunities, Training and Outreach Program (FOTO). 
  • Increase funding for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP).
  • Support supply and grow demand for organic, low-carbon, diversified, and humanely raised foods by leveraging federal food procurement and investing in farm-to-school programs.
  • Shift agriculture subsidies away from over-subsidization of specific commodities to subsidies and programs that support diversified farms that demonstrate the use of  regenerative agriculture and conservation production practices.
  • Increase United States Department of Agriculture funding for providing technical assistance to farmers for adopting climate-friendly conservation practices.
  • Provide new funding to support rotational grazing, planting of cover crops, and improved fertilizer efficiency.

Family Farm Action Alliance’s partner organization, Family Farm Action, advances our policy positions in both state and federal capitols. 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.

Family Farm Action assisted with the drafting of legislative packages, which, if passed, would place a moratorium on all large agriculture, food and beverage manufacturing, and retail grocery, would provide producer protections in the Packers and Stockyards Act, and would fund technical assistance for Black farmers to acquire legal title to their farms.