Monthly archives: September, 2015

American ranching problem solved … sell the ranch!

American ranching problem solved … sell the ranch! While 99.9 % of Americans would question how could they not make money on donated 60,000 acres starting in 1997, I confess I would have to of had a higher paying job to afford any more cows than what I had. That was the time frame that



Family farms vote to end pork checkoff — Vilsack should end this corrupt checkoff program now

Family farms vote to end pork checkoff Beth Steeve, Clarinda, Letter to the Editor 12:01 a.m. CDT September 15, 2015 Checkoff now funds lobbying to support CAFOs and hog confinements at the cost of family hog farmers Register file photo (Photo: Des Moines Register) In 1985, Congress created the National Pork Board and provided funding



TSLN: Letting go — Universities betray donor’s intent — So why are we sending our kids to these places to learn about agriculture?

Letting go The Y Cross Ranch, donated to the UW and CSU Foundations in 1997 recently sold, say the two universities. Some faculty look forward to added funding for scholarships but others lament the loss of a unique 60,000 acre teaching facility. Photo courtesy RMA brokers The Y Cross Ranch, donated to the UW and



Amid Latest Salmonella Outbreak, New Food Safety Rules Are Finally Announced

Amid Latest Salmonella Outbreak, New Food Safety Rules Are Finally Announced But the ‘dramatic overhaul’ may not be all it’s cracked up to be. (Photo: Flickr) Sep 10, 2015 Jason Best is a regular contributor to TakePart who has worked for Gourmet and the Natural Resources Defense Council. Just in time for the latest nationwide



Texas judge says Bill Koch must pay damages, sell back Akaushi cattle

Texas judge says Bill Koch must pay damages, sell back Akaushi cattle Case dating to 2012 settles fight over genetics of U.S. cattle herds used to produce pricey Kobe beef By The Denver Post Posted: 09/09/2015 12:59:27 PM MDT2 Comments | Updated: 3 days ago Bill Koch (Denver Post file) A south Texas ranch family



The Food Dharma … the interconnectedness of all life, and our duty to care for all humans and all species alike.

Published on Thursday, September 10, 2015 by The Asian Age The Food Dharma By Vandana Shiva "Instead of seeing food as the creator, corporations and scientists developing GMOs are taking over the role of ‘creator’ through ‘patents’ on life." (Photo: Christina B. Castro/flickr/cc) Dharma” is a unique Indian concept, a gift of Indian civilisation to



Check-off program — Slush Fund Finances Big Ag Lobbying Schemes

Thousands of farmers hate the rampant abuses of the government-mandated pork checkoff program, but cannot choose to opt out. Photo by Kathy Milani/The HSUS Slush Fund Finances Big Ag Lobbying Schemes By Wayne Pacelle on September 10, 2015 with 0 Comments Share When you shop for new clothes, you choose which stores and brands provide



In memory of Lee, the struggle against the WTO continues

In memory of Lee, the struggle against the WTO continues LVC Call to Action: WTO Ministerial 2015 (Harare, 10 September 2015) Today, as la Via Campesina, we celebrate International Day of Peasant Struggle Against the WTO, and remember the life and legacy of our brother and leader Mr. Lee Kyun Hae. A Korean farmer leader



R-CALF USA Urges Updates to Price Reporting Act

R-CALF USA Urges Updates to Price Reporting Act Billings, Mont. – Yesterday, R-CALF USA submitted a white paper to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry (Committee) urging them to update the soon-to-expire Livestock Mandatory Reporting Act (Act). Originally passed in 1999, the Act was a response



NYT: Perdue Buys Niman Ranch, as It Expands in Specialty Meat Business

Perdue Buys Niman Ranch, as It Expands in Specialty Meat Business By STEPHANIE STROM SEPT. 8, 2015 Perdue, the big, family-owned poultry company, ended weeks of speculation on Tuesday when it announced that it was the buyer of Niman Ranch, a specialty meats business. Niman Ranch has been operated under the name Natural Food Holdings