Washington, D.C. (February 19, 2020)–The National Council of Farmer Cooperatives today joined with 20 other farm and ranch groups in announcing the formation of Farmers for a Sustainable Future (FSF), a coalition committed to environmental and economic sustainability. The coalition will serve as a primary resource for lawmakers and policymakers as they consider climate policies.
“Farmer co-ops have been at the forefront of sustainability in the food and agriculture space, serving as a vital link between their farmer-owners and the food processors and retailers further down the value chain. Farmers for a Sustainable Future gives us the opportunity to join with other ag groups to talk about the tremendous achievements made across all of agriculture in promoting economic sustainability, environmental stewardship and vibrant rural communities,” said Chuck Conner, president and CEO of NCFC. “This effort is important as policymakers, at both the state and federal levels, and our partners in the value chain develop programs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and address climate change. American agriculture has already made significant advances in this regard and FSF will serve as a great resource as debate on this issue unfolds.”
FSF’s guiding principles call for policies that support science-based research, voluntary incentive-based conservation programs, investment in infrastructure, and solutions that ensure vibrant rural communities and a healthy planet.
FSF members include American Farm Bureau Federation, American Pulse Association, American Sugar Alliance, American Soybean Association, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Barley Growers Association, National Cattleman’s Beef Association, National Corn Growers Association, National Cotton Council of America, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, National Farmers Union, National Sorghum Producers, National Milk Producers Federation, National Pork Producers Council, National Sunflower Association, Southern Peanut Farmers Association, United Egg Producers, U.S. Canola Association, U.S. Dry Bean Council, USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council, USA Rice.
More about the coalition members, guiding principles and sustainability achievements can be found at www.SustainableFarming.us.
Since 1929, NCFC has been the voice of America’s farmer cooperatives. Our members are regional and national farmer cooperatives, which are in turn composed of nearly 2,000 local farmer cooperatives across the country. NCFC members also include 26 state and regional councils of cooperatives. Farmer cooperatives allow individual farmers the ability to own and lead organizations that are essential for continued competitiveness in both the domestic and international markets.
America’s farmer-owned cooperatives provide a comprehensive array of services for their members. These diverse organizations handle, process and market virtually every type of agricultural commodity. They also provide farmers with access to infrastructure necessary to manufacture, distribute and sell a variety of farm inputs. Additionally, they provide credit and related financial services, including export financing.