TOM DORR’S NOMINATION
In a letter to Senator
Tom Harkin, Chairman of the Senate Agriculture committee, Buddy Vance,
President, expressed AAM’s profound opposition to the nomination of Tom
Dorr of Marcus, IA as Undersecretary of Agriculture for Rural
Development. AAM joins 160 plus farm organizations, commodity groups and
civic organizations in opposition to Tom Dorr’s nomination.
Mr. Dorr told the New York Times in 1998 that his
vision for the future of U.S. agriculture included 225,000 acre farm
operations (corporate farms) that were centrally managed. He would
reduce rural America to one farm for every 350 miles.
Mr. Dorr has repeatedly spoken out against U.S.D.A.’s
extension service promotion of sustainable farming practices. His most
vehement attacks were leveled against the Leopold Center’s
sustainable-agriculture programs that research alternatives to factory
Tom Dorr’s vision for rural America is to put family
farmers out of business. We suspect that Dorr was picked because he most
closely represents President Bush’s vision of a corporate agriculture,
vertical integrated mega-corporate food giants who control the worlds
President Vance is urging everyone to write and call
the Senators from your state in opposition of what most are calling the
Poster Boy for Corporate agriculture. You can find your Senators address
in the local newspaper or your telephone book. The Senate Switchboard is
202-224-3121. Make the call.