Monthly archives: January, 2018

Business Insider: ‘Entire aisles are empty’: Whole Foods employees reveal why stores are facing a crisis of food shortages

by Hayley Peterson | Jan. 18, 2018 Whole Foods employees say stores are suffering from food shortages because of a newly implemented inventory-management system called order-to-shelf, or OTS. Whole Foods says the system reduces unnecessary inventory, lowers costs, and frees up employees to focus on customer service. Employees acknowledge that less food is spoiling in

Harvest Public Media: As Farm Economy Continues Slump, Some Farmers Face A Credit Crunch

by Grant Gerlock, NET News/Harvest Public Media | January 19, 2018 Farmers are talking to their bankers to find out if they’ll receive loans for the next growing season. While most farms are still on solid financial ground, some will be out of credit, just like one Nebraska family who’s struggling to save the farm.

New Food Economy: Colorado lawmakers want to make American beef COOL again

Country of Origin Labeling laws may appease domestic producers but not America’s trading partners. by Sam Bloch | January 18th, 2018 When Americans buy fresh, perishable food, we usually expect to know where much of it comes from. That’s due to an oft-contested law known as Country of Origin Labeling (COOL). When the law was

Global News Wire: Pinnacle Asset Management to Acquire JBS USA Five Rivers Cattle Feeding

January 17, 2018 GREELEY, Colo., and NEW YORK, Jan. 17, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Affiliates of Pinnacle Asset Management, L.P., a leading commodities and natural resources investment firm, today announced they have entered into an agreement to acquire the U.S.-based cattle feeding assets and farms, collectively known as Five Rivers Cattle Feeding, from JBS USA,

Quad-City Times: Iowans seek to halt large-scale livestock buildings

by Rod Boshart Times Bureau | January 16, 2018 DES MOINES — Community activists and organizers flooded the Capitol rotunda Tuesday demanding more regulation and a halt to construction of large-scale livestock projects that are threatening Iowa’s air, water and quality of life, especially in rural areas. “Enough is enough,” said Bill Stowe, CEO and

Des Moines Register: These two storylines prevent Iowa from achieving progress

by Kamyar Enshayan, Iowa View contributor Published 11:11 a.m. CT Jan. 16, 2018 Stories are powerful in shaping what we do every day, how we live, how we treat others. Beautiful, insightful stories of human potential, wisdom of living well, stories of other people in other lands having dreams and aspirations much like ours. Or

Chicago Tribune: Second lawsuit against poultry giants alleges chicken price-fixing conspiracy

by Ally Marotti | January 15, 2018 A second lawsuit has been filed against some of the nation’s largest poultry producers, alleging they have conspired to fix the price of broiler chickens for nearly a decade. The complaint filed by Winn-Dixie Stores and its sister grocery, Bi-Lo Holdings, against Tyson Foods, Perdue Farms and Park

On the Road to Contract Serfdom

by Gilles Stockton | January 8, 2018 According to the Merriam Webster Dictionary, sophistry “… is reasoning that seems plausible on a superficial level but is actually unsound, or is used to deceive.” Sophistry is a fancy word for a certain type of lying. Wes Ishmael, Contributing Editor of Beef Magazine, is engaged in sophistry

New Food Economy: In New York, farms team up to solve the big distribution question that tech can’t

When the going gets tough, the tough stay small and don’t scale. by Nina Sparling | January 11th, 2018 When Brooklyn-based online farmers’ market Farmigo approached organic farmer Richard Giles with what looked like a small farm distribution solution, he didn’t see much of a downside. Giles could list his products on the company website


By Christine Haughney | 01/11/2018 BATTLES IN NEBRASKA OVER COSTCO’S NEW POULTRY CONTRACTS: Costco’s new poultry processing plant – which removes the intermediary, contracts directly with poultry farmers, and then processes their broiler chickens exclusively for Costco stores – is refusing to share a copy of the contract it is giving to new poultry farmers