Food security is anchored in local agriculture, family farming and ranching, use of sustainable food and farming practices, economic viability, ready access, affordability and availability for consumers.
Energy is the lifeblood of our mechanized society and intertwines with food security. Dependence on foreign sources of fuel threatens not only our way of life but also the ability of family farmers to raise food, fuel and fiber on which our nation depends.
Our society, including family farmers, has a responsibility to maintain and improve the quality of soil and water resources. AFU works to achieve the mutually beneficial objectives of proper stewardship and maintenance of family farm agriculture.
We strongly affirm the right of all Americans to have access to affordable, quality health care. Access to health care services is sorely deficient in many, if not most, of the rural areas of our state. Obtaining health care services is especially difficult for the rural elderly who can no longer drive and live in those areas where public and affordable transportation services do not exist. Family farmers notably are lacking in health care coverage. Being in an occupation considered more dangerous than most increases health insurance rates for family farmers.