Monthly archives: December, 2016

A good week for independent ranchers

A good week for independent ranchers Billings, Mont. – Mabel Dobbs, a rancher from Weiser, Idaho, and member of the Western Organization of Resource Councils, issued the following statement on decisions this week affecting independent cattle producers. Today, the Grains Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration announced the Farmer Fair Practices Rules. The rules contain an



Iowa Farmer Today: Safety Watch: Suicide rate among farmers at historic high

Safety Watch: Suicide rate among farmers at historic high DECEMBER 10, 2016 10:00 AM • BY BRANDI JANSSEN Earlier this year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a report that looked at suicide rates for different occupational groups . One surprising statistic to many was suicide rates for workers in the agricultural,



R-CALF USA: GIPSA Rules Will Help Reverse Cattle Industry Decline

R-CALF USA: GIPSA Rules Will Help Reverse Cattle Industry Decline Billings, Mont. – Today the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) proposed a set of rules to implement key provisions of the Packers and Stockyards Act of 1921 (PSA). The Fair Practices Rules, previously known as the GIPSA rules,



The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man

Human activities are driven by this process of altering human perceptions of reality By John Perkins My success as chief economist at a major international consulting firm was not due to the lessons I learned in business school. It was not due to the competence of my staff of brilliant econometricians and financial wizards. Those



Member Alert: R-CALF USA Wins First Round In Beef Checkoff Case

To: R-CALF USA Members and Affiliates From: Bill Bullard Date: December 12, 2016 Subject: R-CALF USA Wins First Round In Beef Checkoff Case Status: On May 2, 2016, R-CALF USA filed a lawsuit against the national beef checkoff program. The lawsuit alleges it is unconstitutional for the government to allow private beef councils, like the




Release of “The Vocation of the Agricultural Leader” reflection

Over the past three years, the organizers of the Faith, Food & Environment project have worked with farmers, theologians, sustainable agriculture advocates and agribusiness leaders to develop a faith-based reflection entitled The Vocation of the Agricultural Leader. Farmers and ranchers face the challenges of turbulent weather and a changing climate, market competition on a global



After a year of plunging prices and profits, Nebraska farmers face ‘tough choices’ in 2017

By Barbara Soderlin / World-Herald staff writer The 2016 harvest is in the bins, and Nebraska farmers now turn their attention to rows of figures. With economic clouds on the horizon, they’ll spend the winter crunching numbers and making decisions about how to finance their businesses and households after a year of falling prices and



Scientists have long feared this ‘feedback’ to the climate system. Now they say it’s happening

By Chris Mooney 11.30.16 Washington Post At a time when a huge pulse of uncertainty has been injected into the global project to stop the planet’s warming, scientists have just raised the stakes even further. In a massive new study published Wednesday in the influential journal Nature, no less than 50 authors from around the



WTOK on Market Crash

It has happened before! When a bunch of upset cowboys came together and made a big fuss about a cattle market crash, the market temporarily got higher. After more than a hundred concerned cattlemen gathered for an OCM presentation on the present contrived cattle market crash in Bay Springs, Mississippi on November 15st , a