Monthly archives: May, 2016

HSUS forms National Ag Advisory Council

HSUS forms National Ag Advisory Council May 13, 2016 by Rae Price, WLJ Editor Cattle in a feedlot Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Photo by Blair Fannin The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) recently announced the formation of a National Agriculture Advisory Council. The move comes after the organization found success with 11



It’s Time to Talk About Poultry Worker Welfare — Workers wearing diapers in lieu of bathroom breaks

It’s Time to Talk About Poultry Worker Welfare After years of focusing on the birds, we need to pay attention to people tasked with slaughtering them. (Photo: Getty Images) May 12, 2016 Jason Best is a regular contributor to TakePart who has worked for Gourmet and the Natural Resources Defense Council. Much attention has been



Agriculture, A Huge Contributor To Climate Change, Is Starting To Clean Up Its Act

Agriculture, A Huge Contributor To Climate Change, Is Starting To Clean Up Its Act by Natasha Geiling May 12, 2016 11:25 am Last April, the United States Department of Agriculture announced plans to tackle agriculture’s contribution to climate change. Dubbed the USDA’s Building Blocks for Climate Smart Agriculture & Forestry, the plan included a set



Grassley Presses for Ban on Packer Ownership of Livestock

Grassley Presses for Ban on Packer Ownership of Livestock May 11, 2016 WASHINGTON – Senator Chuck Grassley has introduced legislation to ban packer ownership of livestock after seeing continued consolidation within the livestock industry. “An effective and efficient marketplace is one where packers that control all harvest capacity of the industry do not also own



For Immediate Release: NFU Commends Sen. Grassley’s Reintroduction of Legislation Banning Packer Ownership of Livestock

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 11, 2016 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome NFU Commends Sen. Grassley’s Reintroduction of Legislation Banning Packer Ownership of Livestock WASHINGTON (May 11, 2016) – A staunch advocate for more competition in agriculture, National Farmers Union (NFU) released the following statement commending U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) for reintroducing legislation to ban



Urban Agriculture Can’t Feed Us, but That Doesn’t Mean It’s a Bad Idea

Urban Agriculture Can’t Feed Us, but That Doesn’t Mean It’s a Bad Idea Research shows that the social and cultural benefits of city farms and gardens far outweigh the number of people they can feed. Urban farm near low-income housing in Chicago. (Photo: Linda N./Flickr) May 10, 2016 Willy Blackmore is TakePart’s Food editor. Growing



How Trade Deals Harm Agriculture

Mike — (Correction: video image clickable to watch video) There is no doubt that we are being destroyed by stupid "free trade" agreements. Trade deals have harmed most American industries, including agriculture. The US share of global market in livestock and poultry declined from 2011 to 2015 despite more trade deals. America’s ranch and red



Brownfield Ag News: HSUS forms national ag advisory council

http://brownfieldagnews.com/2016/05/09/hsus-forms-national-ag-advisory-council/ (click for audio) HSUS forms national ag advisory council Posted May 9, 2016 by Ken Anderson Nebraska rancher Kevin Fulton discusses formation of the HSUS national ag advisory council at a news conference in Lincoln. He was joined by HSUS director of rural outreach Marty Irby and Nebraska state director for HSUS Jocelyn Nickerson.



Editorial: Checkoff FOIA’s Appropriations Rider — ‘Crony capitalism at its worst’

Posted May 5, 2016 – 9:01pm Editorial: ‘Crony capitalism at its worst’ Las Vegas Review-Journal In President Obama’s era of pretend historic transparency, not even the groups responsible for clever marketing campaigns such as “Got Milk,” “The Incredible Edible Egg” and “Pork, the Other White Meat” are immune from seeking to keep the public in



Comments on Trans-Pacific Partnership, By Gilles Stockton — Are we really are the dumb cowboys they think we are?

Comments on Trans-Pacific Partnership Because both Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump oppose ratification of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the national media is finally paying attention as to why millions of Americans are uneasy about what are called free trade agreements (FTAs). However, rather than clarifying, the news programs discussing trade agreements tend to confuse the