Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

Mission statement
IATP works locally and globally at the intersection of policy and practice to ensure fair and sustainable food, farm and trade systems.

Rooted in family farms
In the mid-1980s, family farmers across America were in the fight of their lives. Prices had dropped below the cost of production. Family farmers were told they were inefficient and they had to either get big or get out. Deeply flawed national and international policies were the root cause of the crisis. A galvanizing effort to save the family farm helped spawn the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP). In 1986, IATP began documenting the underlying causes of America's rural crisis and proposing policies that would benefit farmers, consumers, rural communities and the environment. Read more about IATP's history

Facing globalization
IATP works with organizations around the world to analyze how global trade agreements impact domestic farm and food policies. Alongside a global coalition, IATP advocates for fair trade policies that promote strong health standards, labor and human rights, the environment and, most fundamentally, democratic institutions.

Building sustainability
We are developing alternative economic models that include clean sources of energy such as wind power and biofuel that would spur rural development. We're working with landowners to form cooperatives that promote sustainable forest management. We're advocating for green businesses and farms that reduce toxic runoff into the Great Lakes and Mississippi River.

Safe food, healthy ecosystems
We are working to stop the overuse of antibiotics in agriculture and aquaculture, while limiting the release of mercury and other toxic pollutants that fall onto farmland and enter the food supply. IATP is also monitoring the impact of genetically engineered crops on the environment, human health and farmer income.

Climate work from this organization

Part three of IATP's "Climate, agriculture and resilience" video series highlights Maurice and Beth Robinette of Lazy R Ranch as they talk about their approach to farming grass-fed beef and why carbon sequestration and protecting their ecosystem is so important.

The fourth in IATP's "Climate, agriculture and resilience" video series focuses on the risk involved for farmers who grow our food, how they deal with it, and how that risk is increasing as weather extremes due to climate change shake our system's very foundations. Without conventional crop insurance to protect his... Read more

The fifth and final video in IATP's "Climate, agriculture and resilience" series follows farmer Tom Nuessmeier from La Sueur, Minnesota. Even as markets and farm policy encourage monocropping for maximum profit, Nuessmeier Farm is taking the long view on climate change. His 200-acre organic farm — producing farrow-to-... Read more