Defenders of Wildlife Report


April 17, 2000

Defenders of Wildlife Report: Farm Bureau Hurts Those it Claims to Help

Contact: Ken Goldman of Defenders of Wildlife, 202-682-9400, ext. 237; Web


WASHINGTON, April 10 /U.S. Newswire/ -- On the heels of an investigative report on the American Farm Bureau Federation that was broadcast April 9 on the CBS News "60 Minutes" program, Defenders of Wildlife has released an in-depth white paper stating that the Farm Bureau is promoting an agenda that does more to hurt than help the family farmers it claims to represent. The white paper, Amber Waves of Gain, which documents abuses by the Farm Bureau, is being sent to every member of Congress. The report concludes that the Farm Bureau, a powerful lobby that allegedly represents the interests of family farmers is, in reality, a wide-ranging business conglomerate with its own political agenda.  The report states that the Farm Bureau has aggressively opposed a wide range of environmental initiatives, including the Endangered Species Act; the clean water, clean air and safe drinking water acts; wetlands laws; pesticide regulations and efforts to curb global warming.


Copies of the white paper, Amber Waves of Gain, are available to credentialed media by calling Ken Goldman at 202-682-9400, ext. 237. PDF downloadable versions of the report are available online at


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