Monthly archives: June, 2016

What You Were NOT Told About The Amarillo Walmart Shooter and slaughter house workers

What You Were NOT Told About The Amarillo Walmart Shooter by Michael Murphy | Jun 18, 2016 | Amarillo used to be known for being on historic Route 66, the home of The Big Texan Steakhouse with its 72 ounce steak, the “Cadillac Ranch” and other interesting places. Unfortunately, it is becoming known for something



WNAX: OCM Leader Says Bill To Ban Packer Livestock Ownership Too Late

OCM Leader Says Bill To Ban Packer Livestock Ownership Too Late Listen: http://wnax.com/news/180081-ocm-leader-says-bill-to-ban-packer-livestock-ownership-too-late/ Legislation introduced by Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley to ban packer ownership of livestock comes too late to address the market concentration problem in the cattle industry. That’s according to Organization for Competitive Markets President Mike Callicrate. He says Packers are so big



The Columbus telegram: Farmers’ groups say proceed with caution on poultry contracts

Farmers’ groups say proceed with caution on poultry contracts · CHRISTINA LIEFFRING clieffring@columbustelegram.com COLUMBUS — With planning underway for a Costco-owned poultry processing plant outside Fremont, area farmers may be considering going into chicken production. But a coalition of farmers’ organizations is holding meetings across eastern Nebraska, warning producers to proceed with caution and read



Rural Bankers Tighten Farm Loan Terms

Rural Bankers Tighten Farm Loan Terms Jun 16, 2016 Mike Walsten Rural bank CEO’s have tightened farm loan terms due to low commodity prices, according to this month’s Rural Mainstreet Index (RMI) survey conducted by Dr. Ernie Goss, Creighton University. The June survey found 73.5% of bankers increased collateral requirements, 50% boosted interest rates and



Local packing plants seeing increased demand

Local packing plants seeing increased demand Photo Lacee Sims More and more consumers are choosing to buy local beef in the form of a whole or half carcass. This, coupled with staffing demands and inspection requirements, keeps local processing plants busier all the time. Photo by Lacee Sims Plan ahead. Don’t wait until the freezer



North Dakota Voters Side With Family Farms and Continue 84-Year-Old Ban on Corporate Ownership

Thursday, Jun 16, 2016, 4:03 pm North Dakota Voters Side With Family Farms and Continue 84-Year-Old Ban on Corporate Ownership By Alex McLeese "Salem Sue", the world’s largest Holstein cow, is a roadside attraction in New Salem, North Dakota. (eccentricroadside.blogspot.com) North Dakota voters have rejected a measure that would have permitted corporations to own and



Out Today: Populism with a Brain

No Images? Click here Dear Citizen, To many Americans, “populism” is a bad word. It means being a racist or a demagogue, or perhaps simply promising voters what you can’t afford to deliver. That’s why this year the media have often labeled both Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders as “populists.” But a century ago, Populism



Washington Monthly: Populism With a Brain — Ten old/new ideas to give power back to the people.

June/July/August 2016 Populism With a Brain Ten old/new ideas to give power back to the people. by Barry C. Lynn and Phillip Longman The National Review recently described Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump as “two populist peas in a pod.” This was not a compliment. Across the political spectrum, people stick the “populist” label on



Fremont Tribune: Poultry grower contract informational meetings

Howdy, The article below inaccurately characterizes the organizations sponsoring the informational meetings on poultry contracts as “opposition groups”. OCM, NeFU, NeFU Foundation, and Farm Aid have not taken a position on the project as of yet. We are in the fact gathering and sharing portion of the process at this point. That inaccurate description may



Changes in state constitutions (Oklahoma 777) cause economic and social decline and loss of sovereignty

I recall vividly during the pre NAFTA conversations in the early 90’s, it was what we were not informed of in the agreements that ultimately outsourced US jobs. Yes, it was driven by the Wall Street interest in financing and insurance, both were never mentioned in discussions we had in the State Legislature. Oklahoma had