Quad-City Times: Iowans seek to halt large-scale livestock buildings

by Rod Boshart Times Bureau | January 16, 2018 DES MOINES — Community activists and organizers flooded the Capitol rotunda Tuesday demanding more regulation and a halt to construction of large-scale livestock projects that are threatening Iowa’s air, water and quality of life, especially in rural areas. “Enough is enough,” said Bill Stowe, CEO and



Des Moines Register: These two storylines prevent Iowa from achieving progress

by Kamyar Enshayan, Iowa View contributor Published 11:11 a.m. CT Jan. 16, 2018 Stories are powerful in shaping what we do every day, how we live, how we treat others. Beautiful, insightful stories of human potential, wisdom of living well, stories of other people in other lands having dreams and aspirations much like ours. Or



Chicago Tribune: Second lawsuit against poultry giants alleges chicken price-fixing conspiracy

by Ally Marotti | January 15, 2018 A second lawsuit has been filed against some of the nation’s largest poultry producers, alleging they have conspired to fix the price of broiler chickens for nearly a decade. The complaint filed by Winn-Dixie Stores and its sister grocery, Bi-Lo Holdings, against Tyson Foods, Perdue Farms and Park



On the Road to Contract Serfdom

by Gilles Stockton | January 8, 2018 According to the Merriam Webster Dictionary, sophistry “… is reasoning that seems plausible on a superficial level but is actually unsound, or is used to deceive.” Sophistry is a fancy word for a certain type of lying. Wes Ishmael, Contributing Editor of Beef Magazine, is engaged in sophistry



New Food Economy: In New York, farms team up to solve the big distribution question that tech can’t

When the going gets tough, the tough stay small and don’t scale. by Nina Sparling | January 11th, 2018 When Brooklyn-based online farmers’ market Farmigo approached organic farmer Richard Giles with what looked like a small farm distribution solution, he didn’t see much of a downside. Giles could list his products on the company website



POLITICO’s Morning Agriculture: BATTLES IN NEBRASKA OVER COSTCO’S NEW POULTRY CONTRACTS

By Christine Haughney | 01/11/2018 BATTLES IN NEBRASKA OVER COSTCO’S NEW POULTRY CONTRACTS: Costco’s new poultry processing plant – which removes the intermediary, contracts directly with poultry farmers, and then processes their broiler chickens exclusively for Costco stores – is refusing to share a copy of the contract it is giving to new poultry farmers



The Hill: The administration’s poor handling of rural America

By Jay Platt, Opinion Contributor — 01/12/18 Statutorily, the secretary of Agriculture is given several specific charges. Among his general duties, he is required to design programs and policies which “improve the quality of life for people living in the rural …regions of the Nation.” He is authorized to develop solutions to problems faced by



Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down Idaho’s Ag-gag Law

Did someone forward you this newsletter? Get your own copy by subscribing here. Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down Idaho’s Ag-gag Law On January 4, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down Idaho’s “ag-gag” law, finding it an unconstitutional violation of free speech. The decision marks the first time a federal appeals court has ruled



Whole Foods asks suppliers to fund merchandising changes – In case you’re wondering about Amazon’s impact on small suppliers …

By Susan Kelly on 1/10/2018 Whole Foods Markets is requiring its suppliers to help pay for changes to how products are displayed and inventoried in its stores as the grocery chain cuts prices and centralizes its processes following its acquisition by Amazon, The Washington Post reported. The changes are intended to create a more consistent



Naples Daily News: Los Angeles sues three major port trucking companies for ‘disgraceful exploitation’ of workers

by Brett Murphy, USA TODAY Network | Jan. 8, 2018 The city of Los Angeles filed three lawsuits against some of the busiest port trucking companies in the country Monday, demanding they stop systematically exploiting their workers in the wake of reports by the USA TODAY Network. “This abuse, this disgraceful exploitation has to stop,”