Monthly archives: April, 2015

Tell Congress that Fast Track is the Wrong Track For U.S. Food and Farms

Date: Thu, Apr 16, 2015 at 2:43 PM Subject: RMFU Action Alert Tell Congress that Fast Track is the Wrong Track For U.S. Food and Farms April 16, 2015 Congress has just introduced Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation. This bill will all but ensure that the Trans-Pacific Partnership would go through. It hands over the



Agri-Pulse: Green groups sue to end pollution-reporting exemptions for animal feeding operations

Green groups sue to end pollution-reporting exemptions for animal feeding operations By Daniel Enoch © Copyright Agri-Pulse Communications, Inc. WASHINGTON, April 15, 2015 – A coalition of environmental groups filed a lawsuit today challenging a Bush administration EPA decision that exempts large animal feeding operations from requirements that they file reports on airborne emissions of



Vegas Chefs Turn Their Backs on Hormones and Antibiotics

Vegas Chefs Turn Their Backs on Hormones and Antibiotics It was more than eight months ago that I sipped a margarita on the patio of Mandalay Bay’s Border Grill and listened to Mary Sue Milliken espouse the virtues of meat and poultry that are free of hormones and antibiotics. The topic wasn’t new to me—in



If the NCBA is not stopped the U.S. will lose… – Organization for Competitive Markets

Groups Criticize Ag Secretary for Allowing Checkoff-funded NCBA to Attack COOL April 15, 2015 Washington, D.C. – In a graphic issued today, R-CALF USA and the Organization for Competitive Markets (OCM) criticize Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack for not doing his job to end the abuses to the national Beef Checkoff Program (Beef Checkoff) perpetrated by



Willie Nelson: The Man, the Myth, and What He Means to Farmers — Mid-size farmers have largely been left out of the food conversation

“But that romanticism only scratches at the surface of U.S. agriculture. In this series, I want to open a dialogue with the mid-size farmers who have largely been left out of the food conversation. If we continue to ignore them, our polarized ag economy will eventually force them to scale up — or off the



European Union Expands COOL Requirements Beyond Beef

European Union Expands COOL Requirements Beyond Beef By News Desk | April 9, 2015 Almost a decade after the first country-of-origin labeling (COOL) of beef was required in Europe, no packaged unprocessed meat product may now be legally sold in any European Union member country without a label stating where the animal was reared and



Fast track a Bad Deal for Farmers and Our Food System

TO: Jason Huffman Matthew Korade Bill Tomson POLITICO Agriculture Editors RE: POLITICO Online article entitled "Trade Fight Looms as Congress Returns" by Doug Palmer and Adam Behsudi, 4-12-2015 Dear Sirs: The subject article arrived in my email inbox yesterday. The article leads a reader to believe that farmers and others in agriculture support Trade Promotion



Real farmers need to part of the discussion

Real farmers need to part of the discussion Chris C. Petersen, Clear Lake, Letter to the Editor 11:38 p.m. CDT April 11, 2015 (Photo: Kelsey Kremer/Register file photo) As a family farmer all my life, I am appalled at the shallowness of Bruce Rastetter’s Iowa View “Agriculture: More than food for thought in 2016 presidential



Fulton to present UNK sustainable ag program

Fulton to present UNK sustainable ag program Posted: Sunday, April 12, 2015 11:41 pm | Updated: 11:42 pm, Sun Apr 12, 2015. KEARNEY — Kevin Fulton, a Litchfield organic farmer who’s spoken at sustainable agriculture events nationwide, will present a program at the University of Nebraska at Kearney on Tuesday evening. Fulton’s “Sustainable Agriculture” presentation



Ignorance Kills the Butcher

From the archives of Tom Giessel