Family Farming

PRIME Act Passage Would Help Small Meat Producers Compete, Advocates Say

Many small farmers have to haul their livestock hours away to have them processed. Allowing the sale of meat from smaller, local slaughterhouses could help sustainable farms compete with huge corporations—but is it safe?

To Cultivate a New Generation of Farmers, “We Need to Open Up to Young Folks”

Ron Mardesen describes his family’s story, his changing community, and his vision for the future of A Frame Acres – led by the next generation.

Opinion | Global Agriculture Fund that is Reducing Hunger, Threatened by Trump

The Global Agriculture and Food Security Program has a proven track record for reducing poverty in Nepal and other countries where food security is a critical issue. Now, the future of this program is in danger as the Trump administration reconsiders the commitment of the United States to multilateral policies.

Farming Sustainably is the Key to “Ensure that the Farm Will be Here for our Children”

Niman Ranch farmers Paul and Andrea Brown find traditional, sustainable hog raising in the key to cultivating generations of family farming.

Opinion | The 2018 Farm Bill Battle Lines Have Been Drawn: Here’s What You Can Do

Every four years, a new Farm Bill must be passed by the U.S. Congress. This massive piece of legislation covers many different aspects of food and agriculture in the United States—from nutritional assistance for low-income communities to subsidies for farmers to conservation of natural resources.

Making Rural Mexico Great Again: Leading Candidate Endorses Farmers’ Reform Program

Andrés Manuel López Obrador of the National Regeneration Movement leads the political race to be the next President of Mexico and has endorsed a far-reaching set of reforms to improve Mexico’s rural sector. The program centers on the idea of “food sovereignty” and is sharply critical of NAFTA.

Creating Passion for Supporting Future Farmers

First Generation Farmers recently launched its Urban Edge Sustainable Farmers training program, demonstrating passion for supporting the next generation of farmers.

Ag Is “Not a Question of Winners and Losers”

The Gilbert Family share their story, their advice to aspiring farmers, and their hopes for the future of food and agriculture.

Opinion: The Republican Farm Bill is as Broken as our Food System

As Congress battles over this year’s Farm Bill — the massive US$87 billion a year legislation dictating the nation’s food and farming policies — it’s critical we spend all this money wisely. As taxpayers and eaters, everyone has a stake in making sure this huge investment results in a healthier food system for the future.

Farmer Friday: Producing Better Pork

Farmer Friday’s Phil Kramer comes from a long history of Niman Ranch pork production. Check out how he sees pork farming evolving and why food education is important for consumers.