Big Ag Circles the Wagons Against Activists

By Cathryn Wellner

When voices for a sustainable food system are loud enough to be seen as threats, they can pat themselves on the back, at least a little. Formation of the US Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) shows some nervous reaction in the big-agriculture ranks. Major farm associations are circling the wagons to fight off critics. The alliance’s introductory video calls for farmers and ranchers to come together: “Let’s change the perception of modern farming and ranching from negative to one that inspires a nation.”

Behind the the calls for “a collective voice” are some familiar faces. The major commodity associations are there, such as the American Farm Bureau Federation, the American Sheep Industry, United Egg Producers, U.S. Grain Council, Cattlemen’s Beef Board and the Dairy Farmers of America. John Deere and DuPont have signed onto the Premier Partner Advisory Group.

American Farm Bureau (AFB) president Bob Stallman is one of the founding members. In a speech he gave at the AFB convention in January 2010, he said, “A line must be drawn between our polite and respectful engagement with consumers and how we must aggressively respond to extremists who want to drag agriculture back to the day of 40 acres and a mule. The time has come to face our opponents with a new attitude. The days of their elitist power grabs are over.”

Read more at Care2


Related: WMD interviews activist attending Nyeleni 2011 in Europe:

“The US model of industrialised agriculture is no longer viable, even in the global north. Yet they are still trying to introduce it.” ~South Indian Coordination Committee of Farmers’ Movements

7 responses to “Big Ag Circles the Wagons Against Activists

  1. From my personal experience, I would protest vehemently the labeling of Mark Kastel, of Cornucopia, as an activist. As an activist myself, I am deeply deeply offended.

    This is what I think of Mr. Mark Kastel. I have my reasons.


    • you can see I edited your comment by removing the pornographic statements, which violate wordpress’ Terms of Service

      please, ned — that comment was rather disgusting.

      • Ahhh, the wisdom of the blessed bureaucrats.

        My comment (the portion deleted) was not as digusting as Mr. Mark Kastel himself.

        But, to your credit Rady (and with no credit going to the wordpress), the rest of the comment remains. And so hopefully, a few more people understand, or get some notion of, just how insidious and vile, bureaucracy, operating in utter cohesion and fascination with itself (re: my ‘pornographic’ insinuation) , given legal, all-incumbent power (and with brutal force standing every ready behind it), and then functioning as the ‘law of the land’, is.

        Remote control.

        Really now.

  2. The usual lineup of criminals… more like a laundry list of “by whom and how they are able to pull it off”. I wised up about Cornucopia a while back, all on my own. Word is spreading faster and faster these days… and these “jobs” don’t deserve to be the leading voices. People are figuring it out faster and faster than ever… they are DOOMED to the very and only thing they are capable of creating… destruction.

    So, here they are (just in case you didn’t click that link in the article, it does merit seeing the light of day)… You will know them by their deeds.

    Alabama Farmers Federation
    American Egg Board
    American Farm Bureau Federation*
    American Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers
    American Farmers for the Advancement and Conservation of Technology
    American National Cattle Women
    American Sheep Industry
    American Soybean Association
    American Sugar Alliance
    Arkansas Farm Bureau Federation
    Association of Agriculture Production Executives
    California Farm Bureau Federation
    Cattlemen’s Beef Board/Beef Checkoff*
    Dairy Farmers of America
    Federation of State Beef Councils*
    Illinois Farm Bureau
    Illinois Soybean Association*
    Indiana Farm Bureau Federation
    Iowa Soybean Association *
    Kansas Farm Bureau Federation
    Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation
    Michigan Farm Bureau
    Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council*
    Missouri Farmers Care
    National Association of Wheat Growers
    National Cattlemen’s Beef Association*
    National Corn Growers Association*
    National Cotton Council
    National Milk Producers Federation*
    National Pork Board*
    National Pork Producers Council*
    Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation
    Nebraska Soybean Board*
    New York Farm Bureau Federation
    North Carolina Farm Bureau Federation
    North Dakota Soybean Council
    Ohio Farm Bureau
    Pennsylvania Farm Bureau
    South Carolina Farm Bureau Federation
    Southern Peanut Farmers Federation
    Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation
    Tennessee Soybean Promotion Board
    Texas Farm Bureau
    United Egg Producers*
    United Fresh Produce Association
    United Sorghum Checkoff Board
    United Soybean Board*
    USA Rice Federation
    U .S. Grains Council
    U.S. Poultry & Egg Association*
    Western Growers

    *Board Participants


    Premier Partner Advisory Group
    John Deere
    DuPont Pioneer

    Industry Partners Council
    Farm Credit
    The Fertilizer Institute

    Supporting Partners
    Beck Ag

    • Thanks Wanda. Add National Farmer’s Organization too. When I was experiencing ‘problems’ with Organic Valley, which ultimately led to the demise of our tiny dairy herd, every single employee of Nfo fell in lockstep with the decisions handed to them by Organic Valley against me. No one, not one person, defended me. Everyone just followed the rules and the orders, as handed down from the ‘top tier executive commitee’.

      Everyone in America today is taught, completely, to fear for their jobs, if not their lives, should they disobey orders.

      It is totalitarianism and it is here, now.


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  4. Nice list of the real family farmers who actually produce the vast majority of food in the US. Honest, hard-working farm folks represented on that list have nothing to be embarrassed about –they’re earning their livings feeding the masses. The empty criticisms of vapid elitist food snobs are inconsequential in that context.

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