The National Latino Farmers & Ranchers Trade Association
The National Latino Farmers & Ranchers Trade Association was founded in August of 2004 in Washington, D.C as the National Association of Latino/Hispanic Farmers & Ranchers. This alliance of Latino advocacy groups evolved from a long soul searching ordeal & after working with many farmer and farm worker advocacy groups for several years.
The MISSION of the organization is to engage and empower Latino farmer advocacy groups throughout the United States and beyond to protect and promote sustainable farm policy issues for quality and safe food systems for the future.
Dorathy & Phillip discuss the discriminatory lending practices
Dorathy & Phillip discuss the discriminatory lending practices that have contributed to a tremendous loss of Black-owned farmland. Their non-profit organization, Operation Spring Plant, promotes self-help community economic development programs and technical assistance and training for minority and limited resource farmers.
Farm Aid was started by Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp in 1985 to keep family farmers on the land and has worked since then to make sure everyone has access to good food from family farmers. Dave Matthews joined Farm Aid's board of directors in 2001.
From the NLFRTA President's Desk
NLFRTA's president, Rudy Arredondo, will travel September 2-4, 2014 to Kansas City, MO to participate in workshop presentations by the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) in preparation for the 2017 Ag Census.
"NLFRTA will once again partner with NASS since our founding in 2005 and 2012 to insure that we gather the best and most complete Ag Census ever," Arredondo stated. "We want our members, partners and allies to join with us in support of NASS mission, as those numbers play a key role in the allocation of USDA and other federal government program resources not just for Latino farmers and ranchers, but for our rural communities as well.
"We have a responsibility to make sure we receive our fair share of USDA program resources. That is a most compelling reason to support NASS to make sure we do outreach to our respective communities and encourage and help to fill out the NASS Ag Census survey forms," Arredondo concluded.
Urgent Action Needed
Sign on Letter to Secretary Tom Vilsack Request to Reject the Proposal by the Beef Checkoff Enhancement Working Group and to Adopt the Proposal Recommended Herein
Please join the NLFRTA, and R-Calf and others in signing the the letter to Secretary Tom Vilsack Request to Reject the Proposal by the Beef Checkoff Enhancement Working Group and to Adopt the Proposal Recommended Herein...
We plan to mail the letter to Secretary Vilsack on September 8 so please respond by e-mail on or before September 7 if your organizatio would like to sign onto the letter. Please contact either Fred Stokes at 601-527-2459 or Bill Bullard at 406-670-8157
Don't Miss Out on Feeding Hungry Children in Your Community!Local Education Agencies have until August 31, 2014 to submit applications to elect the Community Eligibility Provision for the 2014-2015 school year.
What is Community Eligibility?
Community Eligibility permits qualified schools to provide free meal service to all students at no charge, regardless of economic status, while reducing burden at the household and local levels by eliminating the need to obtain eligibility through family filled out eligibility forms.
A school is eligible for Community Eligibility if at least 40 percent of its students are "directly certified," i.e., identified for free meals through means other than household applications (for example, students directly certified through SNAP). The Community Eligibility provision eliminates the stigma and complications behind enrolling in free and reduced lunch programs.
Beginning in the 2014-2015 school year, all schools nationwide that meet the 40 percent identified student threshold will be eligible to participate in this option. Nationwide applications are due August 31, 2014!
Reach out to your schools and Local Education Agencies today and ask about Community Eligibilty! Let's not let any children go hungry this year!
General Information from USDA: http://www.fns.usda.gov/school-meals/community-eligibility-provision
Community Eligibility Provision Status of School Districts and Schools by State: http://www.fns.usda.gov/school-meals/state-information-community-eligibility-provision
Tell the EPA: Protect farmworkers from toxic pesticides
It’s staggering: More than 1 billion pounds of dangerous pesticides are used in the production of agricultural crops in the U.S. annually,1 poisoning up to 20,000 farmworkers each year.2
Right now the Environmental Protection Agency is deciding whether to update rules that protect farmworkers from harmful pesticide exposure -- and a critical comment period closes in less than a week.
We know that big corporate agribusiness will be piling on the pressure from the other side. We need to fight back and provide a strong showing of grassroots support for protecting farmworkers from dangerous pesticides.
Tell the EPA: Protect farmworkers from cancer-causing pesticides. Submit a public comment now.
Sign Stop Fast Track Sign-on Letter to Senator Wyden
Please join the NLFRTA, Rural Coalition, AFL-CIO, the Communications Workers of America, Public Citizen, Sierra Club and others in signing the the letter to Senator Wyden pasted below, which reiterates opposition to Fast Track and calls for its replacement with a new system for negotiating and implementing trade agreements that provides for real congressional and public accountability.
Sign On Letter to USDA Support Funding Increase for 2501 Outreach & Advocacy
Dear Friends and allies of the National Latino Farmers and Ranchers Trade Association Please sign up your organizationon to support this important letter generated by the Rural Coalition leadership for action on the Hill regarding critical funding by USDA.
Letter of Support AB 2325
Dear Governor Brown:
I am writing to strongly support the creation of an interpreters program in the Medi-Cal, and the legislation to do that--AB 2325. I wish to express my deepest concern with language access in our state, and to ensure that your office understands the realities faced by Limited English Proficient patients in our current healthcare delivery system.
The Department of Health Care Services wrote in a July 2 letter opposing the effort to create an interpreters program in Medi-Cal that interpreter services are already provided by Managed Care Plans, and by healthcare providers through language line services, contracts with interpreters, employing interpreters and bilingual staff. The need of California’s LEP communities are not currently met by these adhoc approaches. Our state needs to accept all available federal dollars to create meaningful access to in-person interpretation.
By Victor Landa, NewsTaco
I was amused last week with the reaction to a headline on a New York Times article about how many Latino farmers have transitioned from farm work to farm ownership. The headline read “Latinos Move Up, From Picking Crops to Running the Farm (The NYT has since changed the wording).”
There was an instant negative reaction online.
Twitter was ablaze with comments: “this is kind of racist.” “because we ALL start picking crops right? SMH. Another racist headline to add to the collection.” “Oh, NYT that is really awful.”
WATSONVILLE, Calif. — When he was 15, an immigration raid at a Japanese flower nursery turned Arturo Flores’s life around.
The owners needed a new group of workers to replace the ones removed by immigration officials, and Mr. Flores landed a job cutting flowers. He slowly worked his way up to packaging and delivering them. In the mid-1980s he got a call from two businessmen looking to start their own cut-flower business. They asked him to manage deliveries and distribution. Today Mr. Flores, 50, is the president of Central California Flower Growers in Watsonville, a distributor in Santa Cruz County that sells more than 100 varieties of flowers and other plants
Farming businesses in the United States are still dominated by whites, but Mr. Flores (whose last name means “flowers” in English) is one of a growing number of Latinos who own or operate farms in the country. While the overall number of farms in the United States decreased by 4 percent from 2007 to 2012, during the same period the number of farms run by Hispanics increased by 21 percent to 67,000 from 55,570, according to data released in May from the government’s 2012 census of agriculture. The numbers signaled a small but consistent pattern of growth in agribusiness among Latinos, many of whom have gone from working in the fields to sitting in the head offices.
NASS PSA by NLFRTA CEO Rudy Arredondo
USDA Week In Review Ep 41 August 29
Travel With NLFTRA President Rudy Arredondo
NLFRTA Travels to Cheyenne, Wyoming, Aug. 29-30, for the R-CALF Annual Conference August 29-30
NLFRTA president, Rudy Arredondo, will be traveling to Cheyenne, Wyoming for the R-CALF USA August 29-30 national conference. The Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund, United Stockgrowers of America (R-CALF USA) represents the U.S. cattle industry in trade and marketing issues to ensure the continued profitability and viability of independent U.S. cattle producers..
NLFRTA, an active R-CALF USA member, will be discussing timely issues that are important to Latino farmers and ranchers, i.e., grazing permits, stockyards and packers issues, Check-Off, Animal ID, country-of-origin labeling, drought and flooding, natural disaster assistance and support, USDA programs access, marketing opportunities, access to credit, as well as, preparing for the upcoming Congressional legislative session and. Finally, we need to start preparations for a fair and just Farm Bill, should there be one in the future.
NLFRTA president, Rudy Arredondo, stated, "we are extremely happy to work with R-CALF on issues of mutual concern and interest. We want to thank CEO Bill Bullard for welcoming our participation and inclusion into the organization. NLFRTA represents more than 20,000 farming and ranching families through the Northern New Mexico Stockman's Association in Taos, New Mexico alone. With that in mind, we have had to insure that we participate and bring these issues that impact our membership and to collaborate with R-CALF USA to provide solutions for this important industry. We are looking forward to a very successful R-CALF USA convention in Cheyenne."
Teays River Investments to take loss on drought-struck California cropland sale to Gladstone
- Fact of the Week: Since FY 2010, at Least 119 Important Human Needs Programs Have Been Cut, 99 by more than 10%
- Latino caucus upbeat about Obama action on immigration
- More Than 100 Protesters Arrested Outside White House Over Deportations
- Fact of the Week: Since FY 2010, at Least 119 Important Human Needs Programs Have Been Cut, 99 by more than 10%
Monsanto to Sell GMO Cotton Seed Under Brand Name ‘Deltapine’
Teaching a humongous foundation to listen to small farmers
On Immigration, G.O.P. Starts to Embrace Tea Party
Why Is Monsanto Evil, But DuPont Isn't?
Arizona police chief: Aim of SB1070 was scaring immigrants
Agriculture must engage in climate change discussion
Latino groups flex muscle on EPA water reg
Immigration issue could tip scales in Colorado's U.S. Senate race
First Hand Experience: Exposing ALEC’s “Corporate Sausage Factory” In Dallas
Federal report gives Texas wind power lines high marks
Minorities aren't well represented in environmental groups, study says
Coal and Oil Polluters Dominate ALEC Conference
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National Latino Farmers & Ranchers Trade Association 10th Anniversary
Date: September 30-October 1, 2015
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico.
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White House Rural Council Announces $10 Billion Private Investment Fund to Projects in Rural America
WASHINGTON, July 24, 2014 - The White House Rural Council today announced the creation of the new U.S. Rural Infrastructure Opportunity Fund through which private entities can invest in job-creating rural infrastructure projects across the country. An initial $10 billion has been committed to the fund with greater investment expected to follow. Target investments will include hospitals, schools and other educational facilities, rural water and wastewater systems, energy projects, broadband expansion, local and regional food systems, and other rural infrastructure.
CoBank, a national cooperative bank serving rural America and a member of the Farm Credit System, is the fund's anchor investor, committing $10 billion to get the fund off the ground. Capitol Peak Asset Management will manage the new
Letter to Secretary Tom Vilsack regarding California Drought
Dear Secretary Vilsack:
As the impact of the severe drought in California widens, we are grateful to you to call attention and action to the crisis by traveling to Fresno tomorrow.
We continue working with National Hmong American Farmers, Inc. (NHAF) to support their emergency efforts to reach and assist the Hmong and other diverse producers in the region who face this sudden and growing loss of their crops and their livelihoods.
Our Board member, Chukou Thao of NHAF, has already been working with state and local USDA officials and other agencies on a solution oriented approach to the emergency. We have attached the fact sheet assembled from a recent