The Irish Post: Irish beef is heading to the Chinese market for the first time in 18 years

by Ryan Price | April 16, 2018 CHINA has made the decision to open its markets to Irish beef following years of unsuccessful negotiations. The news was confirmed by Minister of Agriculture Michael Creed this morning. Both China and the US had refused to sell beef from the EU since 2001 due to fears relating



New Food Economy: Wealthy Americans know less than they think they do about food and nutrition

by Sheril Kirshenbaum and Douglas Buhler | April 17, 2018 Socioeconomics play a significant role in attitudes about food—especially concerns about safety and purchasing behavior. And higher income doesn’t always correlate with informed choices. On the contrary, our research shows that affluent Americans tend to overestimate their knowledge about health and nutrition. The latest Food



OCM: Farm Tax Dollars Used Illegally to Influence Ohio’s Governor Race

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 17, 2018 Media Contact: Angela Huffman, 614-390-7552 ahuffman@competitivemarkets.com Farm Groups Call on Governor Kasich to Stop the Illicit Expenditure of Farmers’ Tax Dollars on Lobbying and Electioneering Columbus, OH – The Ohio Beef Council, a state agency of the Ohio Department of Agriculture, illegally used government property to promote a fundraiser



Civil Eats: Suicide Rates Among Farmers are Alarmingly High. Can Federal Legislation Help?

by Lisa Held | 04.16.18 The STRESS Act would provide support, but some farmers say it’s little more than a band-aid and real policy changes are needed. In a video posted to YouTube in 2014, Justin McClane gives the camera two thumbs up. He skips in a circle, holding the hands of fellow members of



Washington Post: 200 million eggs recalled after nearly two dozen were sickened with salmonella, officials say

by Kristine Phillips | April 15, 2018 Federal officials say nearly 207 million eggs have been recalled because of fears that they may have been contaminated with salmonella, a type of bacteria that causes serious illnesses and deaths, particularly among children and elderly people. Rose Acre Farms is recalling the products after federal officials tied



Civil Eats: Can Responsible Grazing Make Beef Climate-Neutral?

by Valerie Brown | Agroecology, Animal Welfare, Climate | 04.10.18 New research found that the greenhouse gases sequestered in one grass-fed system balanced out those emitted by the cows, but some meatless advocates are skeptical. There’s no denying Americans eat a lot of meat. In fact, the average U.S. citizen eats about 55 pounds of



ZeroHedge: Here’s How The US Government Influences What Food You Eat

by Tyler Durden | 04/14/2018 Few Americans are aware of the extent to which the US government influences not just the price of their food – thanks to the massive subsidies the US Department of Agriculture disburses to America’s farmers – but also the contents of menus at restaurants and fast food chains. In a



Breaking news: Bayer-Monsanto mega-merger approved, farmers hung out to dry

Today, we learned that the U.S. Department of Justice has decided to allow the mega-merger of Bayer and Monsanto. Today’s news makes it clear that our anti-monopoly laws are completely worthless and the U.S. Department of Justice merger review process is pointless. Economists have well established that there is a strong likelihood of market abuse



DRGNews.com: Ninth Circuit Court Ruling Affirms lower court injunction against collection of checkoff funds in Montana without consent

April 10, 2018 BILLINGS, MT- The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Monday upheld a lower court ruling that the USDA’s Beef Checkoff program is being administered in a way that interferes with ranchers’ First Amendment rights, and that the government should be enjoined from collecting funds for the program without rancher



NPR: A Grass-Roots Movement For Healthy Soil Spreads Among Farmers

by Dan Charles | April 9, 2018 In American farm country, a grass-roots movement is spreading, a movement to keep more roots in the soil. (Not just grass roots, of course; roots of all kinds.) Its goal: Promoting healthy soil that’s full of life. I met three different farmers recently who are part of this