Agriculture & Food
DRC members work to bring about better policies for family farms, ranchers, and consumers and preserving North Dakota’s anti-corporate farming law. DRC has worked for fair trade in the livestock market for ranchers that sell cattle and other livestock at market. DRC members successfully organized to prevent genetically modified wheat from being grown in ND. GM wheat poses huge risks for farmers because GM crops are not accepted in many foreign markets.
More recently, DRC members ran a successful campaign to oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership and to reject corporate farming by organizing to oppose Measure 1. DRC members organized 3 community conversations, sent over 30 postcards to North Dakota members of Congress, and lobbied in Washington DC to urge elected officials to publicly commit to opposing the TPP. In June members celebrated a victory when 75% of North Dakotans voted NO on Measure 1. Prior, members organized and collected 800 commit to vote cards, organized 4 public lectures, and supported organizing efforts in Buffalo to fight against a 9,000 hog factory farm. DRC continues to stand up for North Dakota’s corporate farming law by attempting to intervene in a federal lawsuit brought by the North Dakota Farm Bureau who want to repeal the entire anti-corporate farming law.