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Source: Farmers and Families First news release

Farmers and Families First, Inc., today announced the formation of its advisory board made up of farmers, business-owners, public officials and concerned citizens to advocate on behalf of free market-based policies impacting the agricultural community. The formation of the advisory board comes amid rising fears of the proposed mega-merger between Bayer AG and Monsanto Company - a potential deal that would devastate the farming community and raise grocery prices for families.

"This impressive group of agricultural leaders represent a critical and authoritative voice on market-based policies that help America's farmers and families," said Dan Conston, President of Farmers and Families First, Inc. "With the consequential issues facing farmers and consumers, particularly the Bayer-Monsanto merger, this advisory board will play a key role in guiding public policies impacting cash-strapped Americans and keeping a level playing field."

A recent study released by Farmers and Families First outlines how the proposed merger between Bayer AG and Monsanto Company would create a $66 billion corporation with unprecedented control over the products farmers and agriculture businesses need to grow, and produce and distribute the high quality foods American families need. It's projected that the merger could raise seed prices for farmers more than 20 percent and raise food prices by 18 percent. The merger is currently under review by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Advisory Board Committee Members by State:

Stuart Sanderson, Owner, Sanderson Farms
James Wales, Wales Farms in Huntsville, specializes in cotton
Russ McDonald, Corn and cotton farmer

Chase Gasaway, Owner and Operator, Chase Gasaway Farms and 4th generation farmer
John Curtis Jackson, Part Owner, Jack B. Jackson & Son Partnership Farms

Bryan Sievers, Former Iowa State Senator and State Representative; Member of Iowa Cattlemen's Association, Iowa Soybean Association, Iowa Corn Growers Association and Iowa Farm Bureau
Dwight Baldwin, President, Iowa State Grange; National Treasurer, National Grange of the Order of Patrons of Husbandry

Jennifer Swindall, Esq, Major and Planned Gifts Officer, The Shepherd Center Foundation

South Carolina
John Tucker, Former South Carolina State Representative; cotton farmer
Tyson Grinstead, Executive Committeeman, Richland County GOP; backyard poultry farmer
Chad Connelly, Former Chairman, South Carolina Republican Party; family farmer in Newberry County
Nick Pasternak, Advocate
Graham Duncan, Advocate

Read the full study here.

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