- The OHIO FAMILY FARM COALITION is a diverse group of organizations and individuals which supports the preservation and strengthening of family farm agriculture in Ohio.
- Family agriculture is the backbone of a strong rural economy and the foundation of American society. The viability of our communities is directly related to the continued economic, environmental and social viabilty of its family farms.
- We believe that the industrialization of agriculture is not in the best interests of farm families, consumers and their communities.
- Our Coalition is dedicated to educating consumers, farmers, policy-makers and the agriculture industry on the benefits of a viable, just, humane, productive and independant family farm system.
- We believe that the preservation and support of family agriculture is in the best interests of productive agriculture, land stewardship, rural community viability, economic prosperity, and the good of all people, both today's and tomorrow's.
The OHIO FAMILY FARM COALITION works for the preservation and strengthening of family farm agriculture and rural communities through [research], education, legislation [and policy development], communication, [advocacy], and market development.
The goals of the OHIO FAMILY FARM COALITION are:
I. To preserve and strengthen the family farm system of agriculture in Ohio and maintain
high standards of justice, ethics, and stewardship within the institution of farming. To
these ends, we will work to ensure that there remains a broad base of farm ownership in
Ohio in order to maintain a prosperous and secure economic base for the majority of
Ohio's rural population while also promoting policies to guarantee high standards of
public health, worker safety and respect, and environmental quality in our state's rural
As the rapid industrialization of agriculture threatens these economic, social, health and
environmental values, we also shall work to bring state laws and policies into existence
ensure that industrialized agricultural operations are responsible community members;
ensure that the industrialization of agriculture proceeds in a socially balanced fashion
which serves the greatest number of Ohioans and that it proceed in harmony with
family farm agriculture, not in replacement thereof;
maintain the diversified food production system that has characterized our nation's
agricultural productivity and self-sufficiency; and
ensure that industrialized agricultural operations are responsibly and reliably regulated
in a manner that recognizes their unique public health and environmental impacts and
their potential for, and history of, disrupting the quality of life of their neighbors in
rural areas, their exploitation of workers, and their base treatment of farm animals.
II. To conduct research into the economic, health, environmental, social and justice issues
regarding family farm agriculture and industrialized agriculture and to educate the general
public, both rural and urban, and our federal, state and local officials, regarding these
issues and their implications for the quality of life for all Ohioans, both now and in the
III. To promote initiatives to achieve just prices and access to markets for the
commodities produced by family farmers. To promote the buying of family farm products
by consumers, by publicizing their quality, safety, and value in maintaining a family farm
system of agriculture to supply the nation's food needs. To anticipate and analyze trends
in agricultural economics in order to assist family farmers in successfully adapting to new
production and marketing conditions.
IV. To secure these goals through the maintenance of a permanent, staffed, non-profit
organization under the laws of the State of Ohio that
supports an active, dues-paying membership of family farmers and their supporters
across the state,
serves as an effective spokesperson for the interest of family farmers across Ohio,
conducts high-quality educational, research and advocacy initiatives on the behalf of
raises funds and obtains grants to maintain a strong organization and effective
joins in partnership with like-minded organizations across the nation in furtherance of
A family farm is defined as one in which the farm's ownership, assets, management and major decisions are controlled by at least one family member on the farm. A corporate farm is defined as a legal structure which limits its liabilities only to corporate assets on matter such as debt, environmental liabilities, contracts,
etc. suggested additional language is noted between the brackets to ensure consistence with the "goals".
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