Fair Farm Bill Campaign

With the right policies in place, the farm bill could transform our food system into one that pays farmers and workers a fair price for delivering nutritious, affordable food.

Put forth by Congress once every five years, the farm bill shapes the structure of and funding for our food and farm system. It includes components like farm commodity support, crop insurance coverage, conservation programs, nutrition assistance programs, and discretionary U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs. 

Simply put, the farm bill determines the kind of food system we have. Reforming it is the best way to drive major policy reforms in food and agriculture. See our 2023 Farm Bill policy priorities here, and our full farm bill platform in our Fair Farm Bill Policy Handbook.

In our fight for a #FairFarmBill, we are taking on powerful corporate agriculture interests — and we need your help! The following resources are meant to provide farmers, ranchers, advocates, and policymakers with tools to join us as we fight back.


We’ve zeroed in on four pillars of change in the next farm bill. Major shifts in policy within these four categories would mean we’ve finally broken the Big Ag-friendly mold of the past.

The majority of government funding and taxpayer-backed programs in agriculture support corporate-controlled livestock and poultry operations and the production of grains (like corn and soybeans) to feed their animals. If we shifted resources to the production of food that feeds people, farmers could escape the treadmill of industrial agriculture and profitably grow food for their communities.

Everyone deserves a fair chance to succeed, but the USDA has admitted to discriminatory practices that stack the deck against marginalized farmers. We will all benefit in a fair and inclusive society, so we need to make credit accessible to all, ensure robust representation on government boards and commissions, and direct funding to organizations led by members of disadvantaged communities that provide technical assistance.

A food system controlled by corporate behemoths poses a food security and a national security threat. By breaking up agrifood corporations and investing in local and regional food systems, we can enhance market transparency and competition. It’s time to empower people, not corporations, and create a resilient food and agriculture system that will feed us even if calamity strikes. If we build local, we can eat local!

Subsidized insurance programs offer protection in the case of crop failure, but they primarily benefit farms that grow corn, soybeans, cotton, sugar, and wheat. These same farms also receive the lion’s share of disaster payments — without any requirement that they work to mitigate the extreme weather patterns that contribute to the rising costs of these taxpayer-funded programs. In order to benefit from these programs, recipients should be required to commit to conservation and regenerative practices.


As 2023 Farm Bill debates heat up, we’re energizing and educating our network with a series of webinars that will provide the tools you need to challenge Big Ag’s status quo.

Justice for All: Centering Equity in the Farm Bill

April 4, 2023 | 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. ET

Marginalized farmers and communities have long been denied participation in agriculture programs and policy development. Learn how we can reform our food and farm system to make it fair and inclusive.

Speakers: Adam Zipkin, Counsel for Senator Cory Booker; Web Davis, farmer and Senior Policy Advisor at Farm Action; Lorette Picciano, Executive Director at Rural Coalition; Tambra Stevenson, Founder and CEO at WANDA: Women Advancing Nutrition Dietetics and Agriculture; Amy Tamayo, National Policy and Advocacy Coordinator at Alianza Nacional de Campesinas.

Build Local, Eat Local: Supporting Regional Food Systems in the Farm Bill

April 18, 2023 | 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. ET

A food system controlled by multinational corporations threatens our food supply and national security. Let’s rein in Big Ag’s power and create resilient local and regional food systems.

Speakers: Wes King, Legislative Aide for Senator Sherrod Brown; Greg Gunthorp, owner of Gunthorp Farms; Gene Jonas, farmer at Hungry Bear Farm; Donna McClish, founder and CEO of Common Ground Producers and Growers.

Conservation and Regeneration: Fostering Resilience in the Farm Bill

May 2, 2023 | 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. ET

We can reform our farm programs to support the diversified farm operations that contribute to resilient soils and a healthy environment, while holding abusive corporations accountable.

Speakers: Julia Barton, Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association; Kevin Fulton, Clear Creek Land and Livestock; Amanda Shafer, Office of Rep. Sean Casten; Chloë Waterman, Friends of the Earth.

Take Action! A few clicks tells Congress: It's time for a Fair Farm Bill!

Want your legislators to support a better food and farm system? You can tell them so! In just a few clicks, you can send Farm Action’s Fair Farm Bill Policy Handbook to your senators and representatives and urge them to act on its recommendations in the 2023 Farm Bill proceedings. Visit our political partner Farm Action Fund to take action.


Fair Farm Bill Primer

For anyone new to the farm bill.

Curious to learn about all the farm bill programs, agencies, and acronyms? We’ve created a handy Farm Bill Primer to get you up to speed.

Fair Farm Bill Policy Handbook

For anyone interested in learning about and lifting up Farm Action’s policy platform.

Today’s food and agriculture system is the result of decades of consolidation, and we’re not going to fix it in just one farm bill. That’s why Farm Action’s strategy includes a two farm bill horizon. 
Our Fair Farm Bill Policy Handbook is our platform for the 2023 and 2028 Farm Bills. To make it, we took our four categories of change for the farm bill and set forth concise, concrete, and actionable policy recommendations within each one. If Congress acted on these recommendations, we could achieve our vision of a fair, inclusive, and competitive food system.

Toolkit for food and farm system advocates

For advocates leading a farm bill campaign.

We have created a free, downloadable, unbranded advocacy toolkit packed with resources (including our Handbook and fact sheets) for a successful farm bill campaign! Feel free to copy, paste, download, edit, and distribute all or portions of these documents at will. Let’s change some minds together!

Fact sheets: Legislation toward a fair, inclusive, and competitive food system

For anyone educating elected officials and other policy makers.

We want to see language from these bills, many of which have bipartisan support, incorporated into the farm bill. These policies will transform the policy and financial structures that power food production and distribution in the U.S. and create a more fair, inclusive, and competitive system. 

Click here to see a list of bills containing policies Farm Action Fund recommends for inclusion in the farm bill, and click here to see all the legislation endorsed by Farm Action Fund.


These reforms and more are desperately needed — but don’t take our word for it! Below, you can hear stories from America’s farmers, ranchers, and rural advocates about what it’s like to live and work in our consolidated food and farm system. 


Our recommendations for a Fair Farm Bill stand on a firm foundation of research, which illustrates with data the real-life experiences of farmers, ranchers, and rural Americans.

In 2020, we investigated the state of concentration in our food system and showed how just a few corporations control the way billions of consumers, farmers, and farmworkers work and eat.

Then, we targeted monopoly corporations’ industrialized business model, revealing the production costs it pushes onto others in order to reap excessive profits. We also debunked the myths industrial agriculture uses to defend its business model and defeat any meaningful reforms. 

Written by leading food system experts, this report illustrates what happens when a few hands control the way billions of consumers, farmers, and farmworkers work and eat.
For too long, corporations have used myth-based marketing campaigns to defeat meaningful reforms to our food and agriculture system. We debunked them one by one!
In this report, we identify the externalized costs of industrial agriculture, dispel their myth campaigns, and recommend a policy path forward for sound, long-term agricultural investment.