Family farmers can’t do it alone. They need our voices to join them in demanding contract fairness, market transparency, and protection from retaliation when they speak out. Together, farmers and eaters can work together to make Congress enforce rules already on the books that level the playing field for family farmers.
As a Farm Aid supporter, we know you care about the people who grow our food and believe they deserve a fair chance to make an honest living.
But that’s out of reach for tens of thousands of farmers and ranchers who raise our livestock and poultry.
That’s because our meat supply is controlled by a handful of corporations that get to write the rules. This doesn’t just affect our choice at the grocery store; it affects how independent farmers and ranchers can make a living.
Join Farm Aid and tell Congress to stand up for family farmers by protecting the GIPSA rules.
With only a few huge corporations in control, meatpackers and poultry giants — like Smithfield and Tyson — exert their power through contracts with the farmers who raise livestock. Under the contract system, companies:
- Force farmers to make expensive investments while offering little security in return.
- Intimidate and retaliate against farmers when they speak out about abuses or exercise their right to free speech and association.
- Unfairly cancel farmers’ contracts, leaving far too many farmers saddled with debt and at risk of losing their farms.
Now meatpackers are attacking one of the most important policies we have to protect farmers. That policy, called GIPSA, provides fair competition and contract rules that protect farmers from corporate abuse (read our Fair and Competitive Livestock Markets fact sheet for more information). The meat lobby is trying to block the U.S. Department of Agriculture from enforcing the GIPSA rules. But we can fight back today!
Family farmers can’t do it alone. They need our voices to join them in demanding contract fairness, protection from retaliation and market transparency. Together, farmers and eaters can work to protect the GIPSA rules. Thank you for speaking up for family farmers today!
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