FNA is a farmer-centric organization built on three pillars: Growth, Efficiency, Member Value (GEM Value).
In pursuing GEM Value, our daily actions are guided by foundational values:
- Honesty in all our interactions
- Accountability and Transparency to our Members and our colleagues
- Maintaining a strong work ethic
- Continuous improvement in our knowledge and skills
- Leadership in our work place and our industry
Maximizing Farm Profitability itself is a core value.
It is a moral good to seek growing profitability for farmers. It is also an economic good. If the revenues from increasing farm product prices are transferred disproportionately to farm input suppliers, then there is what economists call a “misallocation of resources.” Such misallocations distort the whole economy, by, for example, reducing the amount of money that stays in the local area where the farmer lives. It has been said that monopolistic pricing is the moral equivalent of theft, since in both cases the beneficiary is taking money that is not earned.
By having input prices capture a disproportionate share of farm revenue, economic and social resources are shifted away from choices the farmer would make to choices the input supplier makes. More simply, by creating competitive pricing, more money stays in the farmer’s pocket. That means the local community where the farmer lives is always better off if there are many FNA Members operating there than if uncompetitive prices are paid and shipped off to shareholders in distant cities around the world. FNA shifts income from Wall Street to Main Street!