Monthly archives: August, 2017

Agri-Pulse: New ‘family farm’ group forms

New ‘family farm’ group forms 08/30/17 6:20 AM By Agri-Pulse staff WASHINGTON, August 30, 2017 – A group called Family Farm Action has been launched to lobby for the interests of family farmers and against “multinational agribusiness monopolies that are destroying rural economies and way of life.” FFA – not to be confused with the



The Wall Street Journal: A Provocative Look at the Harm From Corporate Heft

By Greg Ip | Aug. 30, 2017 A new study finds that lack of competition has driven up prices, hurting U.S. growth, wages and labor-force participation Corporate America is getting more concentrated. The country’s largest internet retailer just acquired its largest standalone organic grocer, and two of its largest aviation-parts makers plan to merge. From



The New York Times: Google Critic Ousted From Think Tank Funded by the Tech Giant

Barry Lynn is a champion for fair markets. Here he shows how deep his integrity runs. Thanks for your important work Barry! – Mike Callicrate By KENNETH P. VOGEL | AUG. 30, 2017 WASHINGTON — In the hours after European antitrust regulators levied a record $2.7 billion fine against Google in late June, an influential



Harvest Public Media: Climate Change Could Cut Output Of Staple Crops Like Corn And Wheat

By Grant Gerlock & Jeremy Bernfeld | Aug 28, 2017 A new study found that staple crops like corn and wheat, which provide a large proportion of the world’s calories and U.S. farmers’ output, will likely see negative impacts from rising global temperatures. An international group of researchers compiled dozens of studies and found that



JBS USA announces advisory board | MEAT+POULTRY

The swamp creatures find a home in an even more polluted JBS pond. – Mike Callicrate Aug. 29, 2017 – by Erica Shaffer SÃO PAULO, Brazil – JBS USA, a unit of São Paulo, Brazil-based JBS SA, has formed an independent advisory board that will provide counsel to the company’s executive leadership on corporate governance,


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Black Hills Fox: Tomi Lahren speaks for country of origin labeling at R-Calf convention

By Heather Janssen | Aug 26, 2017 It’s been a difficult couple of years for the cattle industry in recent times. Now farmers and ranchers are working towards a solution, coming together at the R-Calf Convention here in Rapid City. This is the organization’s 18th annual convention — this year they’re looking at the collapse




Texas Observer: Fanning the Flames

by Christopher Collins | Mon, Aug 21, 2017 The same conservation efforts that saved Texas from the Dust Bowl may have opened the door to a new man-made disaster. At just past 8 p.m. on April 19, a PowerPoint presentation on the basics of firefighting is concluded inside the Briscoe Volunteer Fire Department, and the




Federal Trade Commission: Statement of Federal Trade Commission’s Acting Director of the Bureau of Competition on the Agency’s Review of Amazon.com, Inc.’s Acquisition of Whole Foods Market Inc.

August 23, 2017 FOR RELEASE Bruce Hoffman, the Acting Director of the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Competition, issued this statement on the Commission’s decision not to further pursue an investigation of Amazon.com, Inc.’s acquisition of Whole Foods Market Inc.: “The FTC conducted an investigation of this proposed acquisition to determine whether it substantially lessened




Rice University News: Biochar could clear the air in more ways than one

by Mike Williams | July 26, 2017 Rice study suggests health, economic benefits of capturing agricultural nitric oxide Biochar from recycled waste may both enhance crop growth and save health costs by helping clear the air of pollutants, according to Rice University researchers. Rice researchers in Earth science, economics and environmental engineering have determined that


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Wisconsin Agriculturist: The exodus from Wisconsin dairy farms begins

by Ken Kickbusch | Aug 22, 2017 Commentary: Farmers and migrant workers have developed mutual relationships based on “don’t ask, don’t tell” in response to our government’s failure to address immigration reform. Growth in the size of Wisconsin dairy farm herds has created a desperate shortage of labor willing to endure long hours, hard work