Monthly archives: December, 2016

HCN: How has consolidation of the meatpacking industry impacted you?

How has consolidation of the meatpacking industry impacted you? Do you work in the livestock industry and believe you have been the victim of unfair practices by major meatpacking companies? Or has your cattle operation been negatively impacted by corporate consolidation in the meatpacking industry? We’d like to hear your story. Please consider contacting our



Poultry Growers Seek Fairness, Basic Protections in Highly Concentrated Sector

Poultry Growers Seek Fairness, Basic Protections in Highly Concentrated Sector December 15, 2016 Blog Mike Weaver, President of Contract Poultry Growers Association of the Virginias By Hannah Packman, NFU Communications Coordinator Of all the metaphorical cogs and gears in the American food supply chain, farmers and ranchers arguably make the most significant contribution, yet they



Farms Using Antibiotics Despite Pledges To Cut Back : The Salt : NPR

Despite Pledges To Cut Back, Farms Are Still Using Antibiotics December 22, 20166:12 PM ET Dan Charles Antibiotic- and growth-hormone-free cattle gather at a farm in Yamhill, Ore. Despite farmers pledging to reduce or stop antibiotics use, a new report finds that sales of antibiotics for use on farms are going up. Don Ryan/AP It’s



Educating the Farmer, November 14, 1912

Shared by Tom Giessel – Honorary Historian, NFU Why So Little Thinking? My Dear Editor, Perhaps some of our brother farmers will think I am a crank on this subject, as I referred to it somewhat extensively in the August 15th issue of the Union Farmer. I have observed that every great movement has been



I don’t buy it!!

-by Stephen Anderson Back in 2014, all the experts, referred to as specialists nowadays, were predicting fantastic cattle prices through 2018. Years of low cattle prices, extended drought and ranchers retiring or just giving up, had reduced the cowherd to near 70 year lows. Farm and ranch publications were packed with rosy predictions by everyone



WHAT TO MAKE OF THE UNION: Oklahoma Farmer Who Deals Some Hard Blows

Now we have an organization that will liberate forty million slaves if we will take it and use it for that purpose. Some farmers don’t like the term “slave,” and if I could find a more suitable term I would use it, but when I look around and see 90 percent of the wealth of



HSUS commends U.S. Department of Agriculture for releasing proposed GIPSA rules

HSUS commends U.S. Department of Agriculture for releasing proposed GIPSA rules The Humane Society of the United States commends the U.S. Department of Agriculture for its release of proposed Grain Inspection, Packers & Stockyards Administration regulations. The proposed rules, available here, will address unfair, deceptive and anti-competitive trade practices that are apparent in the livestock



DTN: Wide Divide Between GIPSA Rules Sides

Wide Divide Between GIPSA Rules Sides Livestock Marketing Protections Largely Left to Trump Administration to Decide Chris Clayton , DTN Ag Policy Editor 12/14/2016 | 4:56 PM CST Among the rules issued by USDA on Wednesday, one would make it easier for poultry producers to bring an unfairness or discriminatory claim against a packer in



Wall Street Journal: USDA Issues New Rules Aimed at Protecting Farmers

· BUSINESS · Wall Street Journal USDA Issues New Rules Aimed at Protecting Farmers Move ends six-year battle between livestock, poultry producers and meatpacking companies By KELSEY GEE Dec. 14, 2016 4:49 p.m. ET The U.S. Department of Agriculture set new rules to protect farmers from anticompetitive business practices, ending a six-year battle between livestock



Agri-Pulse: USDA rolls out final GIPSA rule, sparking furious reaction from meat groups

USDA rolls out final GIPSA rule, sparking furious reaction from meat groups By Spencer Chase © Copyright Agri-Pulse Communications, Inc. WASHINGTON, Dec. 14, 2016 – USDA has finalized a long-awaited rule that it says will protect a host of pork and poultry producers, but industry groups are crying foul. As expected, USDA’s Grain Inspection, Packers