Monthly archives: May, 2017

CNBC: Trade policy rule changes confusing US companies?

posted May 30, 2017 Michael Stumo, Coalition for a Prosperous America, and Daniel Griswold, The Mercatus Center at George Mason University, weigh in on President Trump’s trade agenda.




NY Times: Immigrants Keep an Iowa Meatpacking Town Alive and Growing

By PATRICIA COHEN MAY 29, 2017 Waves of Asian, African and Latino newcomers have filled jobs at pork, egg and turkey plants where wages have fallen and work has grown more grueling. STORM LAKE, Iowa — When Dan Smith first went to work at the pork processing plant in Storm Lake in 1980, pretty much




The Conversation: Q&A: Brazil’s latest presidential corruption scandal

May 23, 2017 9.57am EDT Brazil’s president, Michel Temer, is facing a major scandal over a tape purporting to show him condoning bribery and efforts to influence public officials. It’s another in a long series of interconnected public and corporate scandals that’s engulfed the Brazilian elite in recent years. Pedro Dutra Salgado explains a web


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Bloomberg: The Dirty Family Secret in a Brazilian $20 Billion Buying Spree

by Gerson Freitas Jr, Tatiana Freitas, and Jeff Wilson May 26, 2017 When beef tycoons Joesley and Wesley Batista sat down with Brazilian prosecutors last month and told them all they knew about the metastatic corruption scandal known as Carwash, they also let the world in on a dirty family secret. The meteoric rise of




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