Monthly archives: July, 2017

VOAnews: Farmers Find Healthy Soils Yield Healthy Profits

July 20, 2017 4:45 PM | Steve Baragona Ancient civilizations plowed themselves into oblivion, and modern agriculture risks doing it again, geologist David Montgomery says. In his new book, Montgomery says a growing number of farmers are using techniques that can save their farms from slow death by erosion. In Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our



R-CALF Responds to Latest Round of NCBA’s False Claims

R-CALF United Stockgrowers of America For Immediate Release: July 25, 2017 Media Contact: R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard Phone: 406:252-2516; r-calfusa Group Responds to Latest Round of NCBA’s False Claims Billings, Mont. – The below statement can be attributed to R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard: "I don’t recall ever meeting the NCBA’s new CEO, Kendal



The Intercept: 100,000 Pages of Chemical Industry Secrets Gathered Dust in an Oregon Barn for Decades — Until Now

by Sharon Lerner | July 26 2017, 8:43 a.m. For decades, some of the dirtiest, darkest secrets of the chemical industry have been kept in Carol Van Strum’s barn. Creaky, damp, and prowled by the occasional black bear, the listing, 80-year-old structure in rural Oregon housed more than 100,000 pages of documents obtained through legal



Grist.org: New research: synthetic nitrogen destroys soil carbon, undermines soil health

By Tom Philpott on Feb 24, 2010 “Fertilizer is good for the father and bad for the sons.” –Dutch saying For all of its ecological baggage, synthetic nitrogen does one good deed for the environment: it helps build carbon in soil. At least, that’s what scientists have assumed for decades. If that were true, it



Harvest Public Media: Farm Economy Downturn Prompts Fears Of A ‘Crisis’

By Peggy Lowe Of all the expensive machinery Tom Giessel worked during the 2017 wheat harvest, his favorite sits in the office of his home. It’s a microfilm machine, the kind found in a high school library. Giessel uses it for his work as the historian of the National Farmers Union, the nation’s second-largest farm




The Atlantic: Democrats Bet on a Populist Message to Win Back Congress

by Clare Foran | 6:00 AM ET The party is promising “A Better Deal.” Will voters be convinced? Six months after Donald Trump’s inauguration, Democrats in Congress are ready to adopt a populist economic agenda that blends ideas long entrenched in the liberal mainstream, like infrastructure investment, with promises that have not been a focus



The Hill: Small farmers push for USDA reforms

By Sumner Park – 07/23/17 01:09 PM EDT Small farm and ranch companies and animal rights activists flew to Washington to meet with lawmakers and push for legislation they say will bring needed reforms to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. At issue are mandatory USDA fees for so-called checkoff programs. Farmers and ranchers are required




R-CALF USA: Group Reflects on How It Helped Strengthen BSE Disease Safeguards for U.S. Consumers and Cattlemen

For Immediate Release: July 19, 2017 Contact: R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard Phone: 406-252-2516; r-calfusa@r-calfusa.com Billings, Mont. – In the wake of the discovery of a cow in Alabama infected with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) that did not enter the U.S. food supply, R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard issued the following statement regarding his organization’s




Triad City Beat: Hogwashed

By Staff -June 28, 2017 A powerful special interest. Shameless politicians. Failed regulations. An in-depth look at Big Pork in North Carolina. Editor’s Note: This is the first of a three-part investigation into North Carolina’s hog-farming industry. This story will examine claims by lower-income, African-American residents of eastern North Carolina that neighboring hog farms have



Reuters: Alabama finds atypical mad cow case, no human threat seen

July 18, 2017 / 4:59 PM (Reuters) – An 11-year-old cow in Alabama tested positive for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), commonly known as mad cow disease, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Tuesday. The cow tested positive for the atypical L-type of BSE after exhibiting clinical signs at an Alabama livestock market, the USDA