Monthly archives: January, 2018

The Nation: Donald Trump Has Sold Out Family Farmers

by Zoë Carpenter | January 9, 2018 Trump claims he’s “fighting for our farmers,” but his policies mainly benefit agribusiness. Has Donald Trump been good to America’s family farms? He certainly seems to think so: “Oh, are you happy you voted for me. You are so lucky that I gave you that privilege,” the president



Puget Sound Business Journal: Costco bets big on loss-leading birds with $300 million chicken factory

by Jim Hammerand | Jan 8, 2018, 6:07pm Costco Wholesale Corp. is building a massive – and controversial – chicken factory in Nebraska to supply it with its loss-leading $4.99 rotisserie birds. The Wall Street Journal featured Costco in an examination of how retailers can thrive by selling roasted chickens below cost. The $4.99 chicken



Charleston Gazette-Mail: WV farmer part of lawsuit to give contract growers more legal strength

WV farmer part of lawsuit to give contract growers more legal strength · By Max Garland Staff writer · Jan 6, 2018 An organization headed in part by a Pendleton County farmer has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture for rolling back rules that would have given contract farmers more legal muscle



Washington Monthly: How Rural America Got Milked

by Leah Douglas Corporate-run agricultural co-ops are squeezing the very farmers they’re supposed to protect. Making them work again could help revive the heartland. Should you ever find yourself crossing the Coon Prairie, you’ll come in good time to a place where the speed limit slows and a wooden sign reads “Velkommen til Westby.” Affixed



The Washington Post: Whole Foods places new limits on suppliers, upsetting some small vendors

By Abha Bhattarai | January 5, 2018 Whole Foods Markets is placing new limits on how products are sold in its stores and asking suppliers to help pay for the changes, riling some mom-and-pop vendors that have long depended on the grocer for visibility and shelf space. The changes, outlined in an email recently sent



NPR: Soaring Popularity Of Grass-Fed Beef May Hit Roadblock: Less Nutritious Grass

by Alex Smith | January 8, 2018 A few years ago, Kansas City restaurateur Anton Kotar surveyed the local and national restaurant scenes and concluded his town’s reputation as a steakhouse paradise had slipped. The problem, he says, is the way conventional beef is raised – bulked up with grain on feedlots, making it cheap



Politico: Beef Group Urges Senate Judiciary Committee to Investigate Antitrust Concern at Meatpacker

Beef group urges Senate Judiciary Committee to investigate antitrust concern at meatpacker By CHRISTINE HAUGHNEY 01/04/2018 05:44 PM EST A major beef lobbying group is pressing the Senate Judiciary Committee to investigate whether Cargill has been engaging in anticompetitive behavior in Pennsylvania after the shutdown of a plant owned by its biggest rival, the global



Lincoln Journal Star: Nebraska farmers gearing up to provide chickens for Costco

by KAYLA WOLF | Jan 6, 2018 The plan was always for Nick Oertwich to come back to work on the family farm near Pilger after attending the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. But following graduation, Oertwich stayed in Lincoln to work. Now, with the financial incentive that raising chickens for Costco promises, he plans to move



UFCW: It’s Time for the Poultry Industry to Draw a Line on Forced and Exploited Labor

December 21, 2017 For Immediate Release December 21, 2017 Contact: press@ufcw.org UFCW: It’s Time for the Poultry Industry to Draw a Line on Forced and Exploited Labor America’s Poultry Union Calls for Chicken Council to Make the Use of Underage and Incarcerated Workers Unacceptable in America’s Poultry Plants WASHINGTON, D.C. — The United Food and



OCM: As President Trump Addresses Farm Bureau, Independent Farmers Demand He Reverse Attacks on Family Farmers

Ahead of President Trump’s speech to the American Farm Bureau, farmers suing the Administration for rolling back critical protections for family farms issued the following statement: “President Trump’s administration has turned its back on the very farmers and rural communities that helped elect him president. Instead of upholding his promise to be our champion, the