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PostPosted: Mon Mar 09, 2009 2:41 am 
THE POWER & ENERGY INDUSRY NEEDS TO COUGH UP THEIR CRIMINAL FINES, EVEN PAST 6,000 TONS WHEN THEY DON'T HAVE TO PAY! SMALL FARMS HOLD HIGHER STANDARDS, ARE CLEANER, AND MORE REGULATED! FACTORY/COMMERCIAL FARMERS ARE AFFILIATED WITH OUR GOVERNMENT, & SHOULD NOT BE SUBSIDIZED, NOR SHOULD MANIPULATED STATISTICS ESPECIALLY FROM THE UN DICATATE US POLICIES OR BILLS! THIS IS ANOTHER FORM OF DOMESTIC TERRORISM BY IMPLEMENTING SOCIALIST LAWS DURING A TIME THAT WOULD NURTURE MORE ECONOMIC CRISIS RATHER THAN FIX A PROBLEM WHERE 'PROJECTION IS THE FORM OF DENIAL'! FARMERS ARE NEEDED JUST LIKE ELECTRICITY HAS BECOME A NECESSITY. ALTHOUGH WATER, FOOD & AIR ARE MORE PRECIOUS & WE ARE ALL INTELLIGENT ENOUGH TO KNOW THAT THE POWER & ENERGY INDUSTRY HAS DESTROYED ALL THREE NOT THE FARMERS!! CALL & HELP KILL THIS BILL NOW!!

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NICFA
National Independent Consumers and Farmers Association is a coalition of Independent Consumer and Farmer groups united in a common mission and purpose :

•To promote and preserve unregulated direct farmer-to-consumer trade that fosters availability of locally grown or home-produced food products.
•To oppose any government funded or managed National Animal Identification System.

NICFA is Pro-Consumer ~ Pro-Farmer ~ Pro-Freedom ~ Anti-NAIS.



National Animal Identification System A Report by the National Independent Consumers and Farmers Association ... Read More



***ACTION ALERT***
WHAT: Congressional Hearing on NAIS
WHEN: Wednesday, March 11
WHERE: Washington, DC

The U.S. House Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy and Poultry will hold a hearing on NAIS on March 11. Bills to put NAIS into law, HR875 and companion Senate S814, are being pushed through Congress, as well as an Appropriations Bill with funding for NAIS. This hearing is critical to blocking mandatory NAIS.

ACTION: Please call and fax all members of the subcommittee (below). 1. When you call, ask to speak to the legislative aide for agriculture. Form a positive relationship with the aide. Become his or her source of knowledge for NAIS. Be RESPECTFUL and POLITE. Remember, who would the aide rather speak with, someone who is courteous or someone angry and resentful?

2. Please send this to everyone you know, ESPECIALLY to people in the states with members on the subcommittee. Members need to hear from their constituents--the people who vote them into office.

If you are in one of these states, please arrange a meeting with the district representative of the Congressman. That makes a big difference. We need to be real people to the legislators, so that when they think "farm" or "food" they think of us, not Monsanto, Cargill, Tyson, etc...

State Party/
Dist Representative Phone Fax Website email form
AL R-13 Mike Rogers 202.225.3261 202.226.8485 Go to Form
CA D-18 Dennis Cardoza 202.225.6131
800.356.6424 202.225.0819 Go to Form
CA D-20 Jim Costa 202.225.3341 202.225.9308 Go to Form
CA D-43 Joe Baca 202.225.6161 202.225.8671 Go to Form
CO D-4 Betsy Markey, 202.225.4676 202.225.5870 Go to Form
GA D-13 David Scott (Chair) 202.225.2939 202.225.4628 Go to Form
IA D-3 Leonard Boswell 202.225.3806 202.225.5608 Go to Form
IA R-5 Steve King 202.225.4426 202.225.3193 Go to Form
ID D-1 Walt Minnick 202.225.6611 202.225.3029 Go to Form
MD D-1 Frank Kratovil 202.225.5311 202.225.0254 Go to Form
NE R-3 Adrian Smith 202.225.6435 202.225.0207 Go to Form
PA D-17 Tim Holden 202.225.5546 202.226.0996 Go to Form
TN R-1 David P. Roe 202.225.6356 202.225.5714 Go to Form
TX R-11 K. Michael Conaway 202.225.3605 202.225.1783 Go to Form
TX R-19 Randy Neugebauer,
Ranking Minority Member 202.225.4005
888.763.1611 202.225.9615 Go to Form
VA R-6 Bob Goodlatte, 202.225.5431 202.225.9681 Go to Form
WI D-8 Steve Kagen 202.225.5665 202.225.5729 Go to Form

For more information, or if you need help in this process, please contact us:
Doreen Hannes animalwaitress@yahoo.com (417) 962-0030
Sharon Sabo muttipie@htc.net (618) 458-7745
Sue Dederich suediederich@comcast.net (847) 873-0251
Sharon Zecchinelli henwhisperer@gmail.com (802) 933-6709
Liz Reitzig liz.reitzig@verizon.net (301) 807.5063
Deborah Stockton nicfa@earthlink.net (434) 295.7176



The EPA is considering regulations to tax farmers for owning livestock, $20.00 per hog; $87.50 per beef cow, and $175.00 per dairy cow. This would, of course, drive most small to medium farmers out of business.

Listen to Tim Young of Georgia Independent Consumers and Farmers Asso. address this on a Fox televison interview



Contact Tim Young at tim@naturesharmonyfarm.com
See Tim's farm at: www.naturesharmonyfarm.com


NICFA Warmly Welcomes Wyoming and Georgia
NICFA is delighted to welcome two new affiliates, the Wyoming Ag Coalition and the Georgia Independent Consumers and Farmers Association (GICFA). Both groups provide strong leadership in their states for the principles NICFA stands for. Farmers, ranchers, consumers, communities, we are all grateful for our newest member affiliates. Please spread the word!

The Wyoming Ag Coalition, headed by a steering committee of farmers, ranchers and state delegate Sue Wallis, is “Working to build healthy, sustainable systems that connect Wyoming’s producers, processors, and consumers.” Please visit their website at www.wyoagcoalition.org.
Contact:
Sue Wallis 307-685-8248
sue.wallis@vcn.com

The newly formed Georgia Independent Consumers and Farmers Association (GICFA) expects to launch their website in January. Tim Young, of Nature’s Harmony Farm in Georgia, has headed up the GICFA steering committee. Please visit his website, naturesharmonyfarm.com, to get to know him, his wife and their beautiful farm.
Contact:
Tim Young 770.842.8983
tim@naturesharmonyfarm.com

National Independent Consumers and Farmers Association (NICFA)
P.O. Box 915
Charlottesville, Virginia 22902


Letter to Bruce Knight, USDA Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs 5 March, 2008

Dear Mr. Knight,

Thank you for meeting with us today to discuss issues of importance to the small farmers of America and the consumers, communities and economies dependent on them.

Earlier today, we hosted a reception for our federal legislators where we joyfully served food produced by independent unsubsidized farmers, from animals without Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags, raised on open pastures on grass--not subsidized GMO grain, on private properties without Premises Registration numbers, with soils enriched by ecologically harmonious amendments like sea salt, compost, and natural mineral sources.

In short, we are not part of the industrial agriculture system.

We are the rich tradition of heritage farming. We are your local community family farm. We are your neighbors. Some of us are organically certified, some of us are beyond organic.

The USDA’s proposed National Animal Identification System (NAIS), and its concomitant Premises Registration, is in direct conflict with our way of life and our ability to maintain responsible, safe farming methods. The people of America demand the food we produce. The “Real food,” “Local food,” or “Heritage food” movement, is growing every day. Beyond “organic,” the real food movement is farmers, and other artisan producers, selling directly to customers, neighbor to neighbor, generally without interference from local, state, national or international regulation.

As the industrial food system continues to generate incidents like the recent recall of 143 million pounds of ground beef, more and more people will turn to the food we produce, food made by their neighbors, food they trust. We will continue to meet this growing demand.

You, as an administrator of the USDA, have already encountered this movement in the form of farmers who will not comply with behavior not fit for a free people.

We are the face of this movement. We are the National Independent Consumers and Farmers Association and all state affiliates. All efforts to push NAIS will only strengthen our movement.

We will not participate in a program designed by and for international agencies and globalist industrial agriculture that persecutes independent traditional farms. We will not comply with the NAIS.

Yours respectfully,

Deborah Stockton, Executive Director
National Independent Consumers and Farmers Association,
on behalf of all people, farmers and consumers, who oppose the NAIS and support unrestricted domestic trade.


Pro-Consumer
"All individuals have the God-given, inalienable right to procure the food of their choice, from the source of their choice."

Pro Farmer
A farmer's livelihood depends on his/her ability to cater to consumer's demands without unfair government restrictions.
Pro Freedom
"... Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness." ~Declaration of Independence
Anti-NAIS
NAIS imposes on all livestock and animal owners a high-tech, high-cost livestock backtrack system requiring:
Registration of any premises where even one animal, a chicken, pet donkey, etc.; is kept, in a database accessible to many agencies and foreign governments.
Radio Frequency ID (RFID) microchipping or tagging of every animal.
Reporting and recording each animals movements within 24 hours, under threat of severe penalty, including confiscation of animals and fines of $1000 per day, per infraction.
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