Family Farm Action formed to take on “corporate ag”
A new 501-C4 group has formed called Family Farm Action and its president says they will go “toe-to-toe” with national groups like the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), “Who,” Joe Maxwell says, “Just cut a lousy deal on the China trade deal allowing Mexican beef and Canadian beef to be brought into the U.S., processed in the U.S. and sold as U.S. beef. How fair is that to the cattle producers of the United States?!” Maxwell, a former Missouri Lieutenant Governor who recently worked for the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), tells Brownfield Ag News too many elected officials support that kind of policy that is bad for family farmers, rural communities and national security.
When asked if he is still with the animal rights group HSUS and whether it is supporting his new political lobbying group, Maxwell replied, “Ya, I am not and they are not.” Maxwell said he was “very proud” to stand with the HSUS for animal welfare, that the HSUS was never a threat to Missouri agriculture and that HSUS supports all farmers who take care of their animals.
Maxwell says the goals of his new group include fighting corporate agriculture and foreign ownership of U.S. ag land and restoring prosperity to rural communities. The chair of Family Farm Action is Lillian Salerno, former USDA Undersecretary for Rural Development under President Obama.
Audio: Interview with Joe Maxwell: