Monthly archives: February, 2018

With new bill, Iowa Rep. aims to undercut state agriculture regulations

With new bill, Iowa Rep. aims to undercut state agriculture regulations By Leah Douglas, February 27, 2018 A vast body of state laws regulates farming, from monitoring agricultural pollution and farm runoff, to pesticide applications, labor rules, and animal welfare. But many of those regulations could be subject to challenge if recently proposed legislation in



IATP: New Beef Cattle (Derivatives) Math

By Dr. Steve Suppan | February 6th, 2018 In “Fifth Avenue cowboys,” the indispensable agriculture journalist Alan Guebert asks, why did Pinnacle Asset Management (PAM) announce plans to spend $200 million to buy JBS USA’s cattle feedlot operations, when “according to Iowa State University data, cattle feeders lost an average $51.57 per head from 2008



Sustainable Food Trust Weekly News Digest

New report released today | Monday 26th February A new report from the Sustainable Food Trust finds that the UK’s network of small local abattoirs is near collapse. Without urgent action there will be a huge loss of consumer choice because the marketing of locally-produced, traceable meat will no longer be possible in many parts



64 Farm Groups Urge Congress to Reject Rep. King’s Attack on Rural Communities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 26, 2018 Media Contacts: Angela Huffman, 614-390-7552, ahuffman Chelsea Davis, 573-808-3553, chelsea 64 Farm Groups Urge Congress to Reject Rep. King’s Attack on Rural Communities Washington, D.C. – Today, 64 farm groups sent a letter to members of the House Agriculture Committee urging them to reject H.R. 4879/3599. This legislation, which



Oklahoman: Food supply company settles fraud lawsuit with Yukon Public Schools

Food supply company settles fraud lawsuit with Yukon Public Schools Sunday, February 25, 2018 | by Randy Ellis YUKON — Yukon Public Schools officials have approved a secret financial settlement with a food distribution company accused of fraudulently overcharging the district by more than $700,000. Terms of the settlement were not revealed in the federal



Organic Consumers Association: Sanderson Farms Face Lawsuit over Toxic Contamination of 100% Natural Chicken

June 21, 2017 Three U.S. nonprofit groups filed a suit Thursday against Mississippi based Sanderson Farms, Inc. for falsely advertising products that contain a wide range of unnatural and in some cases prohibited substances, as “100% Natural.” Substances include antibiotics, steroids, hormones and even a drug with hallucinogenic effects. The groups suing Sanderson are Organic



The Guardian: ‘Dirty meat’: Shocking hygiene failings discovered in US pig and chicken plants

by Andrew Wasley | February 21, 2018 Previously unseen government records detail ‘deeply worrying’ incidents in pork and poultry plants, raising fears of ‘dirty meat’ entering the UK under a post-Brexit trade deal Shocking hygiene failings have been discovered in some of the US’s biggest meat plants, as a new analysis reveals that as many



The Progressive Farmer: Noble Plans to Develop Ecosystem Market Program

by Chris Clayton | February 21, 2018 The Oklahoma-based Noble Research Institute announced Wednesday that the group will work to create a new environmental services trading platform for agriculture to bring together both carbon-sequestration and water trading goals. Noble has brought together a small cadre of conservationists that have been working on carbon trading or



WSJ: Proposed Rules Would Allow Meatpackers to Slaughter Hogs Faster

By Benjamin Parkin and Patrick McGroarty | February 20, 2018 Critics say ideas risk pork cleanliness, worker safety COLDWATER, Mich.—Proposed rules allowing meatpackers to slaughter hogs faster and play a bigger role in policing food safety are intended to free up government inspectors while making plants more efficient. But the rules, which could take effect



Wyoming House Agriculture Committee Passes Country of Origin Placard Bill

Media Contact: R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard Phone: 406-252-2516; r-calfusa www.r-calfusa.com Wyoming House Agriculture Committee Passes Country of Origin Placard Bill Cheyenne, Wy. – Wyoming House Agriculture Committee just passed the Country of Origin Placard Bill by a vote of 6 to 3. The measure will now go to the Full House Floor later this