Monthly archives: May, 2017

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



New Food Economy: America’s Slaughterhouse Mess

May 2nd , 2017 by Baylen J. Linnekin When Americans grumble about how our food system is broken, the slaughter and processing of farm animals are often at the heart of their critiques. One hundred years ago, Upton Sinclair’s damning novel, The Jungle, exposed many gruesome and unsanitary practices in the food system of his


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NPR: Chinese Chicken Is Headed To America, But It’s Really All About The Beef

May 12, 2017 Cooked chicken from birds grown and raised in China soon will be headed to America — in a trade deal that’s really about beef. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced Thursday night that the U.S. was greenlighting Chinese chicken imports and getting U.S. beef producers access to China’s nearly 1.4 billion consumers. But


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Catholic News Servcie: Family farmers facing worst financial stretch since the 1980s

National News Family farmers facing worst financial stretch since the 1980s A tractor plows a field in 2013 on a farm in St. Leo, Kan. Many family farmers in the United States are facing the worst combination of events since the "farm crisis" of the mid-1980s. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn) By Mark Pattison • Catholic News



Nebraska cattlemen take different sides on fair play rule for livestock

Nebraska cattlemen take different sides on fair play rule for livestock by Grant Gerlock, NET News/Harvest Public Media The beef industry still has a large open market compared to the pork and poultry businesses, which are largely based on production contracts with meat processing companies. (File photo by Grant Gerlock, NET News/Harvest Public Media) Listen



Former Oklahoma Beef Council accountant accused of stealing $2.6 million to fund clothing store

Former Oklahoma Beef Council accountant accused of stealing $2.6 million to fund clothing store by Brianna Bailey Published: May 10, 2017 3:32 PM CDT Updated: May 10, 2017 3:47 PM CDT Marissa’s Room, a children’s clothing boutique Melissa Morton opened with family members in 2011, is shown. [The Oklahoman Archives] A former accountant for the



Garrison Institute: 100 Best Climate Solutions—And Why They’re Going to Work

By Sam Mowe May 1, 2017 An interview with the environmentalist and entrepreneur Paul Hawken Few are optimistic about reversing the effects of global warming. And then there’s Paul Hawken, an entrepreneur and environmentalist whose optimism runs counter to the norm. We decided it would be a good idea to with speak him about his