National Family Farm Coalition Meeting
By Bob Hemminger
The Annual National Family Farm Coalition Meeting was held
at The Maritime Institute of Technology in Baltimore, Maryland, February 9-12, 2001.
Mina and I attended the meeting as
representatives of the American Agriculture Movement, Inc. There were representatives
present from twenty-seven other farm organizations from twenty-three states, east, west,
north and south locationsall with problems to solve, looking for solutions, pooling
their knowledge and ideassome with information on accomplishments.
Special speakers about various subjects were in
attendance, offering help for the farmers dilemma. An announcement of interest was
that Past Secretary of Agriculture, Dan Glickman had warned his successor, Ann Veneman,
that biotechnology might be her most exasperating problem. In her speedy conformation
Venemen did not reveal anything concerning her views, but to quote a well-known Washington
D.C. writer, her conformation sounded like a Farm Bureau ice cream social.
It was noted that the Justice Department had
failed to uphold the laws, rules and regulations of Legislation that has been passed and
is on record.
The Past Secretary of Agriculture failed to put
into effect the law about the checkoff that was recently voted on by the Pork Producers.
The Pork Producers vote plainly said they did not want the checkoff any longer. This could
be the beginning of the end of mandatory fees for marketing commodities: at least a long
hard look will follow.
The ambiguous importation of milk reduced to the
lowest molecule state that circumvents rules and regulations concerning milk and milk
by-products shipped to the United States and reconstructed into cheese and other products.
Is it any wonder that some of the most popular brands of cheese taste like cardboard with
vitamin A added?
Genetics of all aspects of agriculture were
discussed, especially the GMOs with regard to being accepted by the European Common
Market. How about their problem with Mad Cow and Hoof and Mouth disease?
The Maritime is an excellent place for a meeting.
The atmosphere, hospitality, meeting rooms and food were the best.
Bill Christison of Chillicothe, Missouri was
re-elected President and I accepted a position on the by-laws committee.