Family Farm Defenders

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Family Farm Defenders is a Madison, WI-based nonprofit that began in 1994 and became a 501(c)(3) in 1999.

"FFD began as an outgrowth of two national grass-roots campaigns: demanding a national referendum to end the mandatory check-off on raw milk that funds the lobby and propaganda efforts of the corporate dairy industry; and to defend consumer “right to know” in response to the stealth introduction of recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH) into the nation’s milk supply.
"Our mission is to create a farmer-controlled and consumer-oriented food and fiber system, based upon democratically controlled institutions that empower farmers to speak for and respect themselves in their quest for social and economic justice. FFD has worked to create opportunities for farmers to join together in new cooperative endeavors, form a mutual marketing agency, and forge alliances with consumers through providing high quality food products while returning a fair price to farmers."[1]


Family Farm Defenders activist and Wisconsin dairy farmer Jim Goodman speaks to Occupy Wall Street 12/4/11

As of 2009, the board was as follows:[2]

Contact Information

  • Mailing Address:
  • P.O Box 1772
  • Madison, Wisconsin 53701
  • Office Address:
  • 1019 Williamson Street #B
  • Madison, Wisconsin 53703

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Related Sourcewatch


  1. About Family Farm Defenders, Accessed July 8, 2011.
  2. 2009 Form 990

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