FAQ - Family Farm Action

F.A.Q.

Q: What is Family Farm Action?

Family Farm Action is a new member based non-profit organization formed as a 501(C)(4) allowing it to advance policy through advocacy and political engagement.

Q: Who is Family Farm Action?

Family Farm Action is a coalition of family-farmers and advocates building the "political muscle" to fight for farmers and rural communities. Existing political organizations have aligned themselves with large industrial corporate agriculture.

Family Farm Action is a progressive voice fighting to protect America’s family farms and rural communities from multinational agribusiness monopolies that are destroying rural economies and way of life.

Family Farm Action will "get political" — presenting polling and research, pushing state-level legislation, and campaigning for initiatives and pro-family farmer candidates.

Q: What is the mission of Family Farm Action?

Family Farm Action’s mission is to protect America’s family farms and rural communities from multinational agribusiness monopolies that are destroying local economies and traditional ways of life.

Q: Who are the leaders of Family Farm Action?

The Chair is Lillian Salerno, a native Texan and former Deputy Undersecretary for Rural Development. Joe Maxwell is the President and is a Missouri family farmer and former Missouri Lt. Governor.

Q: Why should someone support Family Farm Action?

Over the last 20 years, corporate concentration has hit farmers, ranchers and agricultural workers especially hard. This is a big reason why, over the last several decades, more than 1,000,000 family farmers have been driven off the land. Over just the last four years, family farm income has dropped by half. Yet today, agriculture’s political voice is dominated by organizations that support further consolidation of the market on behalf of multinational agribusinesses and their monopolistic practices. Family Farm Action will help balance the scales in favor of policies that support independent family farms and the important contributions they make to rural communities.