Monthly archives: July, 2016

Quitting Season: Why Farmers Walk Away From Their Farms

Shutterstock / Oleg Golovnev Quitting Season: Why Farmers Walk Away From Their Farms Most farmers don’t decide to leave their farms lightly—but sometimes it’s the only economic choice that makes sense. By Debbie Weingarten on February 12, 2016 Last February, Tina Bartsch, co-owner of Walking J Farm, sat cross-legged on the floor of my Tucson



Agricultural Policy Analysis Center – GMO issues go beyond labeling

GMO issues go beyond labeling During the first week of July 2016, the US Senate passed legislation that would preempt state GMO (genetically modified organisms) food labeling laws and establish a national form of mandatory GMO labeling that would provide food companies with three ways to provide the information to consumers: 1) on-package labeling, 2)



Fremont Tribune: Costco opposition holds town hall meeting

· Fremont Tribune · July 19, 2016 Costco opposition holds town hall meeting · John Liesveld · Dr. Don Stull, Professor Emeritus at the University of Kansas addresses audience at Woodcliff Lakes town hall meeting related to issues on Costco project. · John Liesveld/Fremont Tribune The dichotomous narrative of the Costco poultry plant unfurled again



U.S. Cattle Auction Halts Activity in Blow to Producers, Traders

The big packers are basically the only buyers of finished cattle. Why would we expect them to show up at an auction where they are forced to compete out in the open for the livestock they are currently stealing? Mike C. U.S. Cattle Auction Halts Activity in Blow to Producers, Traders Thursday, June 30, 2016/Categories:



The deceptive branding behind corporatists’ propaganda – Free Trade isn’t Free!

Mike, scroll down to "Free" Trade? Fraud Alert and yes Right to Farm is used in the same branding used for propaganda. The " Branding mentality has been rampant in our Land Grant’s to market education as a mere commodity. Yes, and it is expensive and costly for all of us. Now, we are discovering



U.S. Files New WTO Case Against China Over Export Duties

U.S. Files New WTO Case Against China Over Export Duties Posted by Paola Masman July 14, 2016 The United States on July 13 announced a new WTO case against China over its continued use of export duties on nine raw materials that are driving up the cost of production in the United States, saying the



Congress Urged to Pass Meaningful Commodity Checkoff Program Reform

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 14, 2016 Contact: Silvia Christen, SD Stockgrowers Association 605.342.0429 or silvia Bill Kluck, SD Stockgrowers Association President, 605.748.2428 Bill Bullard, R-CALF USA 406.252.2516 Supporters Urge Congress to Take Action and Pass Meaningful Commodity Checkoff Program Reform Washington, DC – More than 140 organizations, ranchers, farmers and businesses applaud Senators Booker and



Missouri and Nebraska Farmers Union Welcome Two Checkoff Reform Bills in Senate

For Immediate Release July 15, 2016 Contact: Richard Oswald: 660-787-0222 mofarmersunion John Hansen: 402-476-8815 john Missouri and Nebraska Farmers Union Welcome Two Checkoff Reform Bills in Senate Presidents of Missouri and Nebraska Farmers Union issued a joint press release in response to the filing of two Bills in the U.S. Senate that deal with commodity



Support of Legislative Action to Provide Meaningful Reforms of Checkoff Programs

July 14, 2016 Re: Support of Legislative Action to Provide Meaningful Reforms of Checkoff Programs Dear Members of Congress: We, the undersigned organizations, businesses and individuals call on Congress to support Senators Booker’s and Lee’s S. 3201 and Senator Lee’s S. 3200. These bills address the demonstrated, egregious marketplace abuses committed by the commodity checkoff



Supporters Urge Congress to Take Action and Pass Meaningful Commodity Checkoff Program Reform

Joint News Release Contact: Bill Bullard (406-252-2516) Fred Stokes: (601-527-2459) July 14, 2016 Supporters Urge Congress to Take Action and Pass Meaningful Commodity Checkoff Program Reform Washington, DC – More than140organizations, ranchers, farmers and businesses applaud Senators Booker and Lee for filing legislation that, when passed, will stop commodity checkoff program abuses. Yesterday, the Senators