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Farm Group Challenges Trump Administration’s Unlawful Rollback of Rules Protecting Farmers, Ranchers from Abuses by Big Agriculture

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 14, 2017 Farm Group Challenges Trump Administration’s Unlawful Rollback of Rules Protecting Farmers, Ranchers from Abuses by Big Agriculture Lawsuit Follows USDA’s Decision to Side with Major Meat Producers, Making It Harder for Farmers to Seek Relief from Abusive Big Ag Practices Washington, D.C.- On behalf of the Organization for Competitive

New Food Economy: Feds won’t make good food happen. So cities, armed with food policy councils, will do it themselves

Food policy councils are making local changes that “trickle up.” And this is only the beginning. by Corie Brown | December 12th, 2017 In 2014, a group of four well-known food reformers—led by Omnivore’s Dilemma author Michael Pollan—wrote a Washington Post op-ed in the form of a letter to the future president of the United

US beef should be for dinner | Opinion | US beef should be for dinner Nov 27, 2017 Your article published online Oct. 26, “Oklahoma beef checkoff to be decided Nov. 1” by Jennifer M. Latzke seems a little one sided. Using the terms “radical activist” and stating ties to Humane Society of the United States seem to indicate which side of the

New York Times: Amazon, in Hunt for Lower Prices, Recruits Indian Merchants

Thousands of Indian sellers have shipped bedding, jewelry, kitchenware and clothing to Amazon warehouses to serve bargain-hunting Americans. By VINDU GOEL | NOV. 26, 2017 MUMBAI, India — Americans shopping on this holiday season may find that the best deals for popular gifts like leather shoes and luxury bedding are coming from an unexpected

New Food Economy: Rural America’s Trump vote was decades in the making. Democrats’ farm policies—starting with the New Deal—are partly to blame

Public knowledge of food and farm history is littered with myths. Two specialists debunk the big ones. by Nathan A. Rosenberg and Bryce Wilson Stucki | December 6th, 2017 After Donald Trump’s surprising 2016 victory over Hillary Clinton, commentators and journalists turned their attention to rural America—where Trump won three times as many votes as

The Hill – To help ranchers, US should change NAFTA’s rule of origin

To help ranchers, US should change NAFTA’s rule of origin By Bill Bullard, Opinion Contributor — 12/05/17 08:45 AM EST The views expressed by contributors are their own and not the view of The Hill The renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has quieted the mantra that all free trade agreements are

OCM: USDA Hides Thousands More Beef Checkoff Spending Records

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 8, 2017 Media Contact: Angela Huffman, 614-390-7552 One week after GAO urges transparency, USDA continues to conceal checkoff information LINCOLN, NE – On November 27, 2017, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) was required to submit to the Organization for Competitive Markets (OCM) additional information related to an audit initiated

Agweb: Rural Areas at Risk as Water Levels Drop in Massive Aquifer

December 6, 2017 The draining of a massive aquifer that underlies portions of eight states in the central U.S. is drying up streams, causing fish to disappear and threatening the livelihood of farmers who rely on it for their crops. Water levels in the Ogallala aquifer have been dropping for decades as irrigators pump water

The Guardian: Why are America’s farmers killing themselves in record numbers?

December 6, 2017 The suicide rate for farmers is more than double that of veterans. Former farmer Debbie Weingarten gives an insider’s perspective on farm life – and how to help It is dark in the workshop, but what light there is streams in patches through the windows. Cobwebs coat the wrenches, the cans of

Global Meat News: Irish farmers attack ‘toxic’ EU beef deal with Brazil – again

By Oscar Rousseau | 05-Dec-2017 Livestock producers are outraged yet again over the EU’s provisional decision to let four South American countries export thousands of tonnes of beef to the bloc, potentially harming local business. The Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA), a staunch opponent of the EU’s ongoing trade negotiations with Latin American bloc Mercosur, has