Monthly archives: October, 2017

New York Times: Kimbal Musk Wants to Feed America, Silicon Valley-Style

By KIM SEVERSON | OCT. 16, 2017 MEMPHIS — It’s easy to understand why some people in this town of soul music and dry-rub ribs don’t know what to make of the tall tech billionaire in a big white cowboy hat who has been opening restaurants and buying up hundreds of acres of land that



OCM Appalled by GIPSA Rule Withdrawal, Calls for Executive Order

October 17, 2017 Media Contact: Angela Huffman, 614-390-7552 ahuffman OCM Appalled by GIPSA Rule Withdrawal, Calls for Executive Order Lincoln, NE – Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) announced it will withdraw the Farmer Fair Practices Interim Final Rule, Scope of Sections 202(a) and (b) of Packers



iPES Food: Too Big to Feed

iPES FOOD: TOO BIG TO FAIL from Ranch Foods Direct To download the presentation pdf, click HERE.



Ranch Group Urges Secretary Perdue to Keep GIPSA a Stand-Alone Agency

For Immediate Release: October 11, 2017 Billings, Mont. – In strongly worded comments sent to the office of the U.S. Agriculture Secretary over the weekend, R-CALF USA urged that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) not be demoted by folding it into its sister agency, the Agricultural Marketing




R-CALF USA: Oklahoma Event Notice

For Immediate Release: October 12, 2017 Contact: Tatum Lee E-mail: tatumlee@r-calfusa.com Oklahoma Event Notice Who: R-CALF USA What: R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard to make presentation: “How to Make the U.S. Cattle Industry Great Again.” Bullard will discuss his group’ successful lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for violating the U.S. Constitution in




Pingree leads bipartisan “Local FARMS Act”

PUBLISHED ON October 5, 2017 Legislation introduced to help farmers meet growing demand for local food WASHINGTON — Representatives Chellie Pingree (D-ME), Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE), and Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) have introduced HR 3941, the Local Food And Regional Market Supply Act (Local FARMS Act). The Local FARMS Act builds on the success of local



Bloomberg Businessweek: How Tyson’s Chicken Plant Became a $320 Million Turkey

by Megan Durisin and Shruti Singh | October 11, 2017 Despite offering 1,600 jobs, its proposed facility got the cold shoulder from Tonganoxie, Kansas. On Sept. 5, executives from Tyson Foods Inc., the nation’s largest meat processor, traveled to the east Kansas town of Tonganoxie with what they figured would be welcome news for the



The Nation: The Future of Food

by Raj Patel, Saru Jayaraman, John W. Boyd Jr., Lindsey Shute, Dana Perls and Zoë Carpenter | October 11, 2017 How do we build a just, sustainable food system? Something strange and troubling is sweeping the fields of New Morning Farm in South Central Pennsylvania. Over the past few years, Jim Crawford has watched unfamiliar



Brazil prosecutors charge Batista brothers with insider trading

Brazil prosecutors charge Batista brothers with insider trading Reuters Staff SAO PAULO, Oct 10 (Reuters) – Brazilian prosecutors on Tuesday charged brothers Wesley and Joesley Batista, the controlling shareholders of JBS SA, the world’s largest meatpacker, with insider trading and market manipulation. Prosecutors said in a statement that the Batistas carried out stock and foreign



Civil Eats: Reporting on the World’s Most Controversial Farm Chemical

by Steve Holt | October 10, 2017 Veteran journalist Carey Gillam’s new book sheds light on the ongoing battle over glyphosate, the nation’s most commonly used herbicide. Want to start a fight at a state fair, agriculture show, or meeting of the European Commission? Get farmers, consumers, and politicians discussing Monsanto, genetic engineering, and pesticide