Fairness for Farmers and Ranchers

Action Alert Dear Mike, The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is considering new rules that would help level the playing field between large corporate meatpackers and independent livestock and poultry producers. Join with WORC and take action to support the Farmer Fair Practices Rules. After being blocked and delayed for years by Congress, the Obama



Washington Post: A pioneer of humanely raised meat is betting the farm on Blue Apron

By Jane Black | March 22 at 10:00 AM BOLINAS, Calif. — A few hundred feet from Bill Niman’s modest ranch house is a barn he built to house pigs. It was the late 1970s. Niman already had been raising hogs for a few years outdoors when he got his hands on National Hog Farmer



3.20.17 Hoard’s Dairyman Intel: here is the dairies decline trend going?

Howdy Friends, Our national celebrated Ag Day yesterday. Farmers got their annual pat on the back in appreciation for their hard work and productivity. The data showing how many families each farm family produces food for were once again displayed. All this celebration went on in the midst of three years of below cost of



Tri-State Livestock News: Brazil sees backlash over meat scandal

March 21, 2017 UPDATE: TESTER ANNOUNCES BILL TO BAN BRAZILIAN BEEF (U.S. Senate) – U.S. Senator Jon Tester today announced legislation to temporarily ban the importation of Brazilian beef to protect American consumers from consuming rotten meat. Following news that Brazilian meatpackers have been exporting rotten beef and trying to cover it up with cancer-causing




Agriculture.com: A CONSTANT BATTLE FOR BEEF CHECKOFF TRANSPARENCY

SF SPECIAL: A CONSTANT BATTLE FOR BEEF CHECKOFF TRANSPARENCY By Anna McConnell 3/21/2017 It all started when former Kansas City Starinvestigative reporter Mike McGraw overheard a conversation at the 2012 National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Convention in Nashville, Tennessee. Five years later, he’s unsure exactly what he heard and can’t locate his notes from the



The EPA May Have Been in Bed With Big Pesticide for Years

Roundup by Monsanto. (photo: Getty Images) The EPA May Have Been in Bed With Big Pesticide for Years By Charles Pierce, Esquire 20 March 17 The miracles of the discovery process, part infinity. here is, at the moment, a massive lawsuit against the Monsanto company regarding Roundup, its most popular pesticide. The company is being



Yahoo News: Brazil meat scandal deepens as China, EU, Chile bar imports

by PETER PRENGAMAN | Associated Press | March 20, 2017 RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A scandal over alleged bribery in Brazil’s meat-packing industry to allow the sale of expired meat deepened Monday as the European Union, China and Chile decided to halt some meat imports from Latin America’s largest nation. The developments represent a


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Right to Thrive: Gluten Intolerant? It Might Not Be What You Think

By Christine on March 20, 2017 Normally I’m a pretty healthy person, but this last summer my health took a nose dive. I went to my regular doctor and they ran all of the usual tests. I was told I was low in Vitamin D (really, really low), and low in Vitamin B. Nothing else



Alternet: Monsanto Isn’t Feeding the World—It’s Killing Our Children

By Katherine Paul / AlterNet March 17, 2017 Two new reports issue scathing indictments of U.S. and global regulatory systems in collusion with chemical companies. “How could we have ever believed that it is a good idea to grow our food with poisons?” —Dr. Jane Goodall Two new reports published in recent weeks add to



Agriland: Brazilian beef and poultry industry plunged into major scandal

10:55 am – March 18, 2017 Authorities in Brazil have suspended over 30 government officials in response to allegations that some of the country’s biggest meat processors have been “selling rotten beef and poultry for years”, according to the reports from the BBC this morning. The BBC has said that “three meat processing plants have