A growing number of consumers doubt the safety, nutrition and sustainability of our agriculture and food system.

At the same time, more and more young people are turning to farming, communities across the nation are exploring ways they can support local food production and farmers are creating thriving food businesses.

The interest and demand for local foods provides our members with many opportunities to develop the infrastructure for local food sourcing, like farmers markets, co-ops and food hubs as well as address regulatory and policy obstacles to local food and value-added production.

Organizing at the community level to support local food infrastructure increases income and jobs, especially in rural communities that lack food security, and replaces food imports with fresh, wholesome locally grown and processed food supplies.

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South Dakota Landowners win against CAFO running manure pipes across farmland without permission

Photo: Force main manure disposal pipe stretches along a narrow township road. Grant County Revokes Manure Pipe Permissions; Upholds Private Property Rights. Written by Dakota Rural…

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Fact-check: Meatpackers are lying to you about Country of Origin Labeling

These are the myths told so that beef importers can fleece U.S. ranchers on cattle and hog prices Picture it: This holiday weekend you’re about…

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We’re importing beef and labeling it “Product of the USA”

USDA calls for public comments on changing rule that hurts American ranchers and raises food safety concerns You read that right. The United States imports…