Monthly archives: May, 2017

USA Today: He plowed his field; now he faces a $2.8 million fine

Damon Arthur, Record Searchlight 7:07 a.m. ET May 24, 2017 RED BLUFF, Calif. — A farmer faces trial in federal court this summer and a $2.8 million fine for failing to get a permit to plow his field and plant wheat in Tehama County. A lawyer for Duarte Nursery said the case is important because



Bloomberg: There Aren’t Enough Slaughterhouses to Support the Farm-to-Table Economy

by Deena Shanker May 23, 2017, 3:00 AM MDT Sellers of high-end pork, beef, and chicken agree: there simply aren’t enough facilities to humanely and safely kill their animals. Everything at Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills, N.Y., has a story. Servers, chefs, and farmers at the restaurant, which was recently ranked No.




JBS Scandal Grows in Brazil — Chairman of Protein Powerhouse at Center of Bribery Allegations

JBS Scandal Grows in Brazil Chairman of Protein Powerhouse at Center of Bribery Allegations Chris Clayton , DTN Ag Policy Editor 5/19/2017 | 4:34 PM CDT JBS may have its roots in Brazil, but half of its revenue comes from U.S. operations. The company’s executives, including its chairman, are caught up in multiple scandals in



Pesticide That Trump’s EPA Refused to Ban Blamed for Sickening Farm Workers

Farm workers in California. Large doses of the chlorpyrifos chemical can cause convulsions and even death. (photo: Mike Blake/Reuters) Pesticide That Trump’s EPA Refused to Ban Blamed for Sickening Farm Workers By Oliver Milman, Guardian UK 21 May 17 Nearly 50 farm workers experienced nausea and vomiting apparently caused by a pesticide whose scheduled ban



Hanford Sentinel: Award-winning dairy calls it quits

Seth Nidever Staff Reporter May 9, 2017 HANFORD – Brian Medeiros sat in the office of his Hanford dairy Tuesday and let out a long sigh. On the desk was a pile of paperwork that had to be sorted through, the visual evidence of what it takes to wrap up the Medeiros and Son dairy



WSJ: JBS Executive Says He Illegally Paid Millions to Brazil Leaders

JBS Executive Says He Illegally Paid Millions to Brazil Leaders President Michel Temer and his predecessors, Dilma Rousseff and Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, got money, meatpacking giant’s chairman tells prosecutors Brazilian President Michel Temer, right, leaving his official residence on Friday. Photo: evaristo sa/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images By Jeffrey T. Lewis and Luciana Magalhaes Updated



The Des Moines Register: Make or break year? Iowa farmers battle for profits after 3 years of falling income, rising delinquencies

Published 5:57 p.m. CT May 18, 2017 Watch as Michael Fritch plants soybeans on his home farm in Mitchellville, Iowa, and shares his thoughts on the current state of the farm economy. Michael Zamora/The Register When his 31-row planter broke down while sowing soybeans earlier this month, Michael Fritch and his dad patched it up



JBS records Brazilian president discussing bribe: report

JBS records Brazilian president discussing bribe: report By Anna Flávia Rochas on 5/18/2017 JBS Chairman Joesley Batista presented a recording during a plea bargain testimony in April in which Brazil’s President Michel Temer appears to endorse bribery payment to a witness investigated in the country’s largest corruption probe, according to an exclusive report by newspaper



Alternet.org: America’s Largest Pension Fund Has Dumped a Fortune Into Monsanto Stock

By Zen Honeycutt / AlterNet May 17, 2017 Investing in a company that sells harmful products like the toxic herbicide Roundup is counter to CalPERS’ mission. I was recently informed by a former California public health employee, that CalPERS, the state’s pension and health care fund, the largest in the nation, has invested $136 million




Food & Power: ABI Aims at Craft Brewers Again, This Time Targeting their Hops

Did someone forward you this newsletter? Get your own copy by subscribing here. ABI Aims at Craft Brewers Again, This Time Targeting their Hops​ Anheuser-Busch InBev, the largest beer producer in the world, is taking another shot at the American craft brewing industry, this time by cornering the market on some key ingredients independent brewers