Fighting for food freedom.
Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance (FARFA) is a national organization that supports independent family farmers and protects a healthy and productive food supply for American consumers. FARFA promotes common sense policies for local, diversified agricultural systems.
FARFA advocates on behalf of the thousands of small-scale farmers and ranchers who produce food using sustainable/regenerative methods, which means we also work for the millions of consumers who care about protecting and rights and traditional freedoms … people like you.
Currently, one of our most significant campaigns asks Congress to pass what’s called the PRIME Act. The law would alleviate the crisis now faced by small-scale livestock producers who are being shut out of having their animals processed at meat packing plants, due to backups caused by the COVID health emergency. Find out how to help by clicking the button below.
UPDATE ON COVID-19: We have advocacy-related materials posted HERE, such as how to keep your farmers’ market or food business open under local restrictions. Financial and marketing help for farmers, as well as Texas local food sources for consumers, during this crisis are on the Council’s website HERE.
- Stay informed on the issues affecting your farms and your food.
- Build skills and gather resources you need to make change at the state and national legislative level.
- Get involved and support the work we do to protect our rights and local food systems.
What FARFA has accomplished.
We have a record of success at the national level as well as in Texas, where we are based. With the support of our members, allies, and friends, our achievements include:
- We led the fight against National Animal Identification System regulations that would have created massive bureaucracy, raised the cost of food, and interfered with private ownership of livestock, poultry, and horses.
- We got a key amendment to the federal Food Safety Modernization Act to exempt small-scale local producers from regulations that would have driven them out of business.
- During the most recent Texas Legislative Session, we worked to pass 5 new bills that make it easier for small producers to make a living, including one that makes the state’s Cottage Foods Law one of the least restrictive in the country.
- FARFA, along with its educational arm, the Council for Healthy Food Systems, hosts an annual Farm & Food Leadership Conference, gathering hundreds of producers, advocates, local food enthusiasts, chefs, and homesteaders for 3 days of learning, sharing, and networking.