The Campaign for Family Farms and the Environment (CFFE) appreciates the opportunity to comment on the USDA’s “Request for Public Comment on the Executive Order on Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad” (Docket USDA-2021-0003).
CFFE is a coalition of state and national organizations, including Dakota Rural Action, Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, Land Stewardship Project, Missouri Rural Crisis Center, Food & Water Watch and Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy. Our organizations work together as CFFE to change policies that promote consolidation in animal agriculture at the expense of independent family farms. There is a decades-long trend in U.S. agriculture of consolidation that has driven small
operations out of business, with those operations that remain growing larger. This is true in every sector of U.S. agriculture but is particularly severe in food animal production.