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.
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.
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.