Campaign for Family Farms & the Environment

What is the Campaign for Family Farms & the Environment?

The Campaign for Family Farms and the Environment (CFFE) works to oppose the national, state and local policies propping up factory farms and driving out independent family farmers, hollowing out our rural communities, and polluting our land, water and air.

The Campaign helps citizens to organize and defend local control, preserve the use of public resources for the public good, and apply more democratic decision-making.

Who is the Campaign for Family Farms & the Environment?

CFFE consists of four Midwest state-based membership organizations and two national organizations fighting against corporate factory farms.
CFFE is composed of:

  • Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement
  • Missouri Rural Crisis Center
  • Dakota Rural Action
  • Land Stewardship Project
  • Food & Water Watch
  • Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

Our work

In the writing of the 2018 Farm Bill, CFFE organized to eliminate the use of Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) funds for factory farms and to eliminate the use of USDA guaranteed loans for new or expanded factory farms. In 2019, CFFE is focused on state policies that prop up the factory farm system in Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, and South Dakota.

We believe in a food & farm system that works for farmers, workers, eaters and the environment.

Corporate owned factory farms have taken over rural America. Where we once had independent family farmers that created vibrant rural communities we now have a corporate controlled food system. Not only do these factory farms extract profits from local communities and pollute our natural resources they are propped up by public dollars.

We believe that public dollars should be used for the public good. They should not be used for corporate interests, or to support large polluting factory farms. In Iowa there are over 750 impaired waterways that are impacted by corporate agriculture practices. What we really need is a better system of agriculture that puts people and planet first!

We organize everyday folks around preserving the use of public resources for the public good and to apply more democratic decision making. By fighting national, state and local policies that prop up the factory farm industry we are working towards a food & farm system that works for farmers, workers, eaters and the environment.