Monthly archives: September, 2014

Missouri Amendment One; It wasn’t about saving the Family Farm

Missouri Amendment One; It wasn’t about saving the Family Farm For Immediate Release September 13, 2014 For more information, contact: Richard Oswald (660)-787-0222 Missouri Farmers Union issues the following statement; "Earlier this year when the Missouri legislature passed a bill placing the ‘right to farm’ Missouri Constitutional Amendment One on the ballot, it was considered



Producer-Paid Checkoffs Help Meatpacking Lobby Sustain COOL Fight

Producer-Paid Checkoffs Help Meatpacking Lobby Sustain COOL Fight Billings, Mont. – On Friday the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), the American Meat Institute (AMI) and other foreign and domestic meatpacking lobby groups rekindled their ongoing court fight to strike down the United States’ country of origin labeling (COOL) law by



Fat is in, changing meat economics

Industry News – AM Fat is in, changing meat economics: Steiner By Lisa M. Keefe on 9/15/2014 CHARLESTON, S.C. — Recently released information indicating that dietary fat may not be the nutritional bogeyman it’s been made out to be for 50 years seems to be changing the economics around meat demand, livestock economist Len Steiner



Who’s behind the Chinese takeover of world’s biggest pork producer? | PBS NewsHour

Who’s behind the Chinese takeover of world’s biggest pork producer? September 12, 2014 at 6:31 PM EDT Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest pork producer, was acquired by a Chinese firm in 2013 for nearly $5 billion — more than the company’s market value. The surprising purchase caused some lawmakers to wonder if there might be



The Farm Boy from Cedar County, David Domina is the Best Choice for Agriculture says Nebraska Farmers Union

The Farm Boy from Cedar County, David Domina is the Best Choice for Agriculture says Nebraska Farmers Union PAC For Immediate Release September 13, 2014 For more information, contact: John Hansen (402) 476-8815 Lincoln, NE. NEBFARMPAC, the political action committee of the Nebraska Farmers Union, Nebraska’s second largest general farm organization with over 6,000 farm



Food & Water Watch sues to halt new poultry rules

Group sues to halt new poultry rules By Michael Fielding on 9/12/2014 Food & Water Watch has filed suit in federal court to stop the implementation of USDA’s new poultry inspection rules. “These rules essentially privatize poultry inspection and pave the way for others in the meat industry to police themselves,” Wenonah Hauter, executive director



Federal Judge Says Idaho “Ag-Gag” Law Raises Serious Constitutional Issues, Allows Lawsuit to Move Forward

Piglets in a factory farm. (photo: Alexandre Meneghini/AP) Federal Judge Says Idaho "Ag-Gag" Law Raises Serious Constitutional Issues, Allows Lawsuit to Move Forward By Will Potter, Green Is the New Red 11 September 14 daho’s “ag-gag” law against photographing factory farms and slaughterhouses raises serious constitutional issues that need to be evaluated, a federal district



Unhappy meal: Consumers losing taste for fast food

Unhappy meal: Consumers losing taste for fast food By Meatingplace Editors on 9/11/2014 Americans of all ages are visiting quick-service restaurants much less frequently in a big shift from just a year ago, a new survey by consulting firm Brand Keys has found. Baby Boomers reported an 18 percent drop in visits to fast-food restaurants



Organization for Competitive Markets – 36 Groups Urge Ag Secretary to Enforce Beef Checkoff Program’s Prohibit ion Against Conflicts of Interest; Urge Other Reforms

36 Groups Urge Ag Secretary to Enforce Beef Checkoff Program’s Prohibition Against Conflicts of Interest; Urge Other Reforms Written on:September 11, 2014 Joint News Release For Immediate Release: Contact: Bill Bullard: (406-670-8157) Fred Stokes (601-527-2459) September 11, 2014 Washington, DC – In the wake of this weekend’s announcement by the National Farmers Union (NFU) that



Over 40-year career, Holy Cross brother learned necessity of education about food, water

Over 40-year career, Holy Cross brother learned necessity of education about food, water Vinnie Rotondaro | Sep. 5, 2014 NCR Today Dave Andrews "grew up rural," but when it comes to food and water policy, the 70-year-old Holy Cross brother has practically seen it all. Andrews cut his teeth working at the local political level