Global Farmer Network

The Global Farmer Network is a non-profit advocacy group led by farmers who support free trade and farmers’ freedom to choose the tools, technologies, and strategies they need to maximize productivity and profitability in a sustainable manner.

The Global Farmer Network is a non-profit advocacy group led by farmers who support free trade and farmers’ freedom to choose the tools, technologies, and strategies they need to maximize productivity and profitability in a sustainable manner.

Articles By Global Farmer Network

Jul 12, 2020

Supporting Science and Innovation are the Best Defense

By Jennie Schmidt: Sudlersville, Maryland The reports of the death of dicamba are greatly exaggerated—but farmers and consumers ought to worry about the death of innovation. Last month a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that dicamba, which helps control weeds in fields of dicamba-tolerant soybeans
Jul 05, 2020

Celebrating the Freedom to Trade

By John Rigolizzo Jr.: Berlin, New Jersey I once touched the Liberty Bell. It was a long time ago: I was seven or eight years old and my mother had taken me to Philadelphia to see the sights. Although our family farm in New Jersey is just 17 miles from
Jun 28, 2020

Using Data in Nigeria to Reduce Violence and Build Food Security

By Rotimi Williams: Lagos, Nigeria Farming should be safe, but in Nigeria it can be deadly. It’s so dangerous, in fact, that a report released on June 15 by an all-party parliamentary group in the United Kingdom asks a provocative question in its title: “Nigeria: Unfolding Genocide?” Thousands of Nigerian
Jun 21, 2020

Celebrating the Certainty of Trade

By Georgina Gutierrez, Mexico; Joanna Lidback, United States; and Cherilyn Jolly-Nagel, Canada From the Covid-19 pandemic and its stay-at-home orders to the protests over police brutality and all of their controversies, this year will go down as one of the most turbulent in recent history. At 2020’s halfway point on
Jun 14, 2020

The European Green Deal is a Bad Deal

By Marcus Holtkoetter: Altenberge, Germany The European Commission has a plan to eliminate modern farming in Europe. The details emerged last month, as part of a “European Green Deal” announced late last year that calls for the continent to become “climate neutral” by 2050. The commission speaks of “turning climate
Jun 07, 2020

A Technology Win in the Fight For Food Security

By Dr. Gilbert Arap Bor: Kapseret, Kenya The food crisis in Kenya worsens every day. Already struggling with climate change, farmers like me also have suffered from flooding and a devastating plague of locusts. Now the Covid-19 pandemic has added a new and unexpected challenge to our food security. We
May 31, 2020

Adaptive Agriculture During a Global Pandemic

By Dan Kelley: Normal, Illinois At a time when millions of Americans are losing their jobs, many farmers are feeling blessed to have work. But that doesn’t mean that the coronavirus hasn’t hurt us. The prices we receive for what we grow had already declined significantly over the last few
May 24, 2020

Women Who Farm Are Food Security Champions

Coronavirus is one of many problems—and no matter which problem we’re trying to defeat, women who farm are a big part of the solution.

May 17, 2020

It’s Time to Start Up Our Economy Again

By Terry Wanzek: Jamestown, North Dakota, USA When truckers come to our farm for pinto beans, we don’t shake hands or bump elbows. Instead, we practice social distancing: Drivers will pull up and roll down their windows. From seven or eight feet away, we’ll tell them where to go and