Encourage Small Family Farms


Target: Iowa Senator Joe Seng

Goal: Provide incentives for small, family-run farms

The monopolization of agriculture in the U.S. will be disastrous in the long run if we don’t reverse this trend. Iowa has always provided a huge percentage of the country’s food, which used to support a rich economy of small family farms that raised diverse crops and livestock. Today, due to government favoritism, the vast majority of Iowa and the nation’s agriculture is owned by a handful of companies, which are subsidized to over-produce massive quantities of a single crop or livestock.

The intentional consolidation of the agriculture business has led to horrific results. Factory farms, a direct result of the corporate farming industry, inflict unimaginable suffering on millions of animals in order to maximize profits, and in the process breed increasingly deadly diseases. The over-production of corn is another serious problem, one that has already had a major impact on public health and that continues to threaten the very environment needed to grow corn.

Individual, family-run farms treat animals humanely as a matter of practice, and also tend to raise a wide variety of crops and livestock, which is critical for environmental preservation. As it is, family farms are encouraged to shut down to make more room for monopolies like Monsanto and Cargill. We need to reverse this trend, for the sake of animal welfare, the environment, and our own health. Sign the petition to urge Iowa legislators to encourage a return to family farms.


Dear Senator Seng,

Iowa used to have a rich economy in small family farms. Today, the agricultural economy is all but monopolized by a few major companies, which is having a catastrophic effect on public health, the environment, and animal welfare. Factory farms lead to unbelievable cruelty against livestock and breed increasingly deadly diseases. The over-production of crops like corn will leave Iowa soils barren of nutrients in the future. These trends needs to be reversed.

Over the last 20 years, the government has encouraged mono-cropping and industrialization with tax incentives and subsidies. Meanwhile, small individual farms have been ignored or actively forced out of the market. Family farms should be the ones getting tax breaks and subsidies while massive corporate farms should be heavily taxed and regulated. Please introduce legislation that provides incentives for small or individual family farms, and peel back some of the favoritism that corporate farms enjoy.


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