There are divisions amongst the farmers between Radical farmers on one side and a large group of more moderate farmers on the other side. Today I spoke with a female colleague of mine in a phone call, a farmers wife who works for radio (I called her up in her farm). She and her husband don't like the radical farmers of the Farmers Defence Force and Agractie (Agrarian Action), because they are member of the more moderate LTO organisation, one of the farmers organisations. The Agriculture and Horticulture Organization (LTO: Land- en Tuinbouworganisatie (LTO) Nederland) The Netherlands is the entrepreneurs 'and employers' organization for the agricultural and horticultural sector.
In this partnership of LLTB, LTO Noord and ZLTO, founded in 1995, around 8700 active farmers and horticulturists are represented, which is approximately 23% of the sector (2019). These three regional organizations work closely together to protect the interests of entrepreneurs in agriculture and horticulture on current issues.
My colleage the farmers wife considers the Farmers Defence Force and Agractie as extremists who endanger the public support for the farmer cause. She disaproved the blocking of highways on 18 december by the radical farmers of the Farmers Defence Force and Agractie (Agrarian Action). She supports constructive negotiations with the government, the food processing industry and the supermarket chains for better regulations, good deals/contracts and better prices for the farmers. This is a reasonable and pragmatic voice of moderate farmers.
The same kind of action by the same kind of activists you see in the USA. The same organisation.
Dutch farmers feel threatened by these animal rights activists and they unite themselves against them. Groups of farmers guard farms at night in various parts in the Netherlands. You could call them farmer guards.
Animal rights activists against a Dutch rabbit farm in 2015
Emotional Eastern Dutch Low Saxon farmer was forced to decrease by half his live stock of cows
He becomes very emotional, because this farm is in his family for 7 to 8 generations. When he walks on his land he feels the work of his ancestors. He had to get rid of 67 of his cows. But that would cause a pronblem for his investments in a large modern stable. He says he will fight for the survival of his farm. For the next generation. His children.