- Whether new rules that protect America’s poultry and livestock growers from corporate abuses will be allowed to proceed under the new administration;
- Immigration policy, particularly as it relates to farmers and farmworkers;
- Global trade agreements, which often benefit corporate agribusiness at the expense of farmers and rural communities;
- Climate change, which wreaks havoc on family farms and ranchers across the country; and
- Unfinished business from the last Congress that leaves critical priorities like farm to school programs in jeopardy.
As always, Farm Aid will continue to engage you in opportunities to challenge the corporate power that has a stranglehold over our food and farm system, and opportunities to advance a more just agriculture that benefits everyone.
Farmer Hero, Alvina Maynard, of River Hill Ranch in Richmond, KY
Farmer Hero? Over the past ten years, Farm Aid has highlighted the work of dozens of Farmer Heroes all over the country. They have shown us everything from how their practices protect our soil and water while slowing climate change, to how they grow local economies and strengthen their communities. We’ve featured everyone from a farmer growing vegetables on Chicago rooftops, to Iowa farmers organizing against factory farms and a North Carolina poultry farmer fighting corporate power. Their innovative approaches to growing and raising good food inspire us as we build a vibrant, family farm-centered system of agriculture in America.
We know our community is filled with people who have meaningful connections with farmers. We’d love to hear about a farmer you know who deserves to be celebrated.
Our accomplishments in 2016
Thanks for being a partner in the work to grow a family farm food system! From connecting farmers with policymakers through our Farmer Leadership Grants, to creating a Farm to School Rocks guide to inspire engagement in the budding Farm to School movement, to our incredible Bristow, Virginia, concert, we had a meaningful year here at Farm Aid.
Here’s a look back. In 2016 we: