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Recent posts by Anna Johnson

Your voice is needed to stop harmful farm bill

The U.S. House of Representatives is set to vote very soon on a troubling draft of the farm bill. Their proposal would slash working lands conservation funding, open up loopholes for unlimited agricultural subsidies, and defund several programs that support rural communities. You can read more here, but in short, this bill would set our progress back by decades.

This bill needs to be voted down – which means your House representative needs to hear from you!

House agriculture bill makes the wrong kind of sweeping change

The House Agriculture Committee released its first version of the farm bill on April 11. Unfortunately, the proposal included steep cuts to conservation, ignored the need for capping crop insurance premium subsidies, and made very distressing cuts to many programs that support innovation and investment in rural communities. 

Latest seed merger is a blow to family farmers and ranchers

A major wave of consolidation that kicked off in 2016 continues to move forward with the U.S. Department of Justice allowing chemical producer Bayer to acquire the U.S. based seed company Monsanto, reported yesterday.

As giant transnational corporations increase their power over the market, independent farmers are left with fewer options and suffer from less competition among input providers.