Weekly Times: McIvor Farms: Mixing pigs and soil to get success

by ALEXANDRA LASKIE | October 5, 2017 SEVEN years ago Belinda Hagan and husband Jason were farming free-range pigs with five sows and one Berkshire boar to their name. Now, the Tooborac couple easily lose count of the number of pigs on their 220ha property, with 150 sows and a total headcount that fluctuates between

OCM: A slap in the face to rural America and America’s farmers and ranchers

Friends, This morning, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) announced it will withdraw the Farmer Fair Practices Interim Final Rule and take no further action on the proposed rule, Unfair Practices and Undue Preferences in Violation of the Packers and Stockyards Act. Thus far, no action has been

The Nation: Trump Sides With Big Agriculture Over Family Farmers

By David Dayen | October 18, 2019 Even some Republicans are upset over this corporate handout. Back in August I profiled Family Farm Action, a new economic-justice organization formed to take on Big Ag monopolies and fight for independent farmers. One of its biggest priorities was to pressure the Trump administration to complete rules proposed


High Country News: National Park Service survey finds widespread harassment

by Lyndsey Gilpin | Oct. 13, 2017 After survey finds 1 in 10 employees report sexual harassment, agency promises action. Nearly 40 percent of National Park Service employees experienced some form of harassment over a 12-month period, according to long-awaited survey results released by the agency. The survey assessed sexual harassment, hostile work environment and

The Progressive Farmer: USDA to Withdraw GIPSA Rule

by Todd Neeley | 10/17/2017 Agency Action Draws Praise, Outrage OMAHA (DTN) — USDA is set to withdraw the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration, or GIPSA, rule, according to a notice set for publication in the Federal Register on Wednesday. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, who has been pushing for GIPSA implementation for years, just

Farm Futures: GIPSA rule changes thrown out by Trump administration

Oct 17, 2017 NPPC, NCBA, NCC pleased with the decision; OCM and Center for Rural Affairs ask Trump to immediately implement. NFU pledges to work with Congress to change. USDA’s Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) announced today it will withdraw the Farmer Fair Practices Interim Final Rule, Scope of Sections 202(a) and (b)

Brownfield Ag News for America: Trump Administration withdraws GIPSA rule

By Julie Harker | October 17, 2017 The Trump administration has withdrawn regulations written last year by the USDA’s Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration, GIPSA – That move is being applauded by the largest livestock groups but highly criticized by smaller ones. National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) applauds the withdrawal of the “so-called” Farmer

New Food Economy: Big Meat just won a 100-year battle. Wait, what?

by Joe Fassler, H. Claire Brown | October 17th , 2017 On Tuesday, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that it was withdrawing the Farmer Fair Practice rules—or the Grain Inspection, Packers, and Stockyards Administration (“GIPSA”) rules, as they’re more commonly known—effectively saying, “Know what? Never mind.” It was a devastating blow to

Global Meat News: EU fears grow about South American beef imports

By Oscar Rousseau | 02-Oct-2017 The EU’s plan to import thousands of tonnes of South American beef is under fire from trade bodies who warn it could have a “devastating impact” on business. Brussels is facing pressure over its decision to offer South American trade bloc Mercosur a tariff rate quota for beef as cross-party

R-CALF USA Statement on Secretary Perdue’s Decision to Abandon the GIPSA Rules

Media Contact: R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard Phone: 406-252-2516; r-calfusa www.r-calfusa.com R-CALF USA Statement on Secretary Perdue’s Decision to Abandon the GIPSA Rules Billings, Mont. – R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard issued the following statement following Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue’s announcement that he is withdrawing one cattle-related GIPSA rule and refusing to take any action