Monthly archives: December, 2012

NOBULL: How Wal-Mart Used Payoffs to Get Its Way in Mexico – NYTimes.com

Wal-Mart Abroad | A retail giant fueled growth with bribes The Bribery Aisle: How Wal-Mart Got Its Way in Mexico Wal-Mart de Mexico was an aggressive and creative corrupter, offering large payoffs to get what the law otherwise prohibited, an examination by The New York Times found. Josh Haner and Brent McDonald/The New York Times



NOBULL: Gene-Altered Fish Moves Closer to Federal Approval – NYTimes.com

Engineered Fish Moves a Step Closer to Approval By ANDREW POLLACK Published: December 21, 2012 Government regulators moved a big step closer on Friday to allowing the first genetically engineered animal — a fast-growing salmon — to enter the nation’s food supply. Barrett The Food and Drug Administration said it had concluded that the salmon



NOBULL: USDA to recognize brands as animal identification

For immediate release: December 20, 2012 FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Gilles Stockton, (406) 366-4463, or Kevin Dowling, (406) 252-9672 Farm and Consumer Organizations Welcome Changes in USDA’s Final Animal ID Rule Brands will be accepted as identification Billings, Mont. – Organizations representing family farmers, ranchers, and consumers from across the country express cautious optimism about



NOBULL: Judge Holds Michigan Right to Farm Act Protects Family Farm

Dear Mike: This is a significant victory for the local foods movement, and for small farms across the state of Michigan. See press release, below.– Kimberly Hartke Judge Holds Michigan Right to Farm Act Protects Family Farm For Immediate Release Falls Church, Virginia (December 20, 2012) —Randy and Libby Buchler of Shady Grove Farm learned



NOBULL: BEEF CHECKOFF FEUD EXPOSES DIVIDE WITHIN CATTLE INDUSTRY

Beef checkoff feud exposes divide within cattle industry Sale barns like the Green City Livestock Market in central Missouri are where some cow-calf operators sell their stock up the industry foodchain. (Photo by Peggy Lowe, Harvest Public Media) Listen to this story Frank Morris and Peggy Lowe, Harvest Public Media December 20, 2012 – 6:30am



NOBULL: R-CALF USA – USDA Prepares to Expose the U.S. to an Unnecessary and Avoidable Risk of FMD

USDA Prepares to Expose the U.S. to an Unnecessary and Avoidable Risk of FMD Billings, MT – On Jan. 6, 2012, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) granted approval to six Catarina, Brazil, meatpacking plants owned by five firms to export raw pork to the United States. Today, industry



NOBULL: Beef’s Raw Edges – Views on quality beef

Bill Bullard, CEO of Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund and Mike Callicrate of Callicrate Cattle Company discuss their issues with the taste of beef. Taste test winners tout drug-free method In American Royal contest, steaks from cattle that weren’t fed growth promoters came out on top. Read more Please visit Beef’s Raw Edges a Special Project



NOBULL: Nebraska Cattlemen propose state checkoff — For the most tax-averse group this side of the Atlantic??

Mike: For the most tax-averse group this side of the Atlantic, I can hardly believe this headline: Nebraska Cattlemen propose state checkoff What, the cowboys in Nebraska ain’t getting enough value out of $1/ head NCBA? Now that’s news. AG



NOBULL: Beef’s Raw Edges | Views on quality beef

Beef’s Raw Edges | Views on quality beef Posted on December 14, 2012 by Mike Callicrate Bill Bullard, CEO of Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund and Mike Callicrate of Callicrate Cattle Company discuss their issues with the taste of beef (1.5 minute VIDEO).



NOBULL: RE: Brazils Santa Catarina state cleared to export pork to USA – Free trade at all costs. The cost will be to U.S. livestock producers.

Mike, Clarification needed. Brazil has been exporting beef and pork to the U.S. for a long time, but it has been precooked, to prevent the spread of Foot and Mouth Disease virus. Now, raw pork is approved for export to the U.S. from one state in Brazil. Raw beef will follow. It is important to