Cleveland.com: Family farmers question how they’re taxed

By Laura Hancock | lhancock@cleveland.com COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio family farmers are questioning how a beef tax that is supposed to promote the industry is being used. The questions come amid allegations that the organization that receives the tax money is connected to large, multi-national corporate producers. When a head of cattle is sold in



Civil Eats: Can the Leopold Center be Saved?

A year after the influential center for sustainable agriculture research was defunded, farmers and students are urging Iowa’s legislators to reinstate its budget. By Lisa Held | 02.14.18 Nearly a year ago, the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, one of the country’s preeminent research centers for sustainable agriculture, was defunded via budget cuts made by



Department of Energy to Invest $6.5 Million for Large-Scale Pilot Fossil Fuel Projects

Energy industry perhaps has learned this game from our Land Grant Institutions that have been expending public funds to further chemical farming practices that does the promotion work for Monsanto and others. NO-TILL /SOIL HEALTH we must be educated. Paul Muegge paulmueggecoline News Alert Department of Energy to Invest $6.5 Million for Large-Scale Pilot Fossil



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Civil Eats: No-Till Farmers’ Push for Healthy Soils Ignites a Movement in the Plains

By Twilight Greenaway | FARMING, Rural Environment and Agriculture Project | 02.13.18 No-till farming started as a way to keep costs down for conventional farmers in danger of losing their land. Now it has become a subculture and a way of life for outsider farmers all over rural America. Editors’ Note: Today, we introduce our



New Republic: Rural America’s Drinking-Water Crisis

By Sarah Jones and Emily Atkin | February 12, 2018 Sparsely populated, low-income communities across the country suffer from polluted water—an injustice expected to worsen under Trump. “I’ll be honest with you,” said Gary Michael Hunt. “You never know when you go in there and turn on the faucet if you have water, or if



Chicago Tribune: Illinois contract pig farmer: Work is low-paying, physically punishing

by David Jackson and Gary Marx | August 8, 2017 The low-slung sheds where some 20,000 pigs grow to market weight each year are unmarked by any business sign or attempt at beautification. Baling wire secures fraying plastic windscreens to the wood and concrete buildings. Everything seems gray, rusted, peeling or patched. Not far from



KFOR.com: Grady County rancher awarded $1.5M in suit against Oklahoma Farm Bureau Insurance

by Cassandra Sweetman | February 9, 2018 VERDEN, Okla. – A real David and Goliath story between a rural Grady County farmer and an insurance agency has finally reached its conclusion. Nearly five years after rancher Bryan Linn’s battle began, a Grady County jury awarded him more than $1.5 million. But Linn said the money



Republicans Back Monsanto, Threaten to Cut WHO’s Funding Which Calls Glyphosate ‘Carcinogenic’

‘Are we willing to sell out the public’s right to know about harmful chemicals in the places we work, live, and play, just so that Monsanto can sell more glyphosate?’ (photo: teleSUR) Republicans Back Monsanto, Threaten to Cut WHO’s Funding Which Calls Glyphosate ‘Carcinogenic’ By teleSUR 09 February 18 Right-wing lawmakers and industry makers targeted



Richmond Times-Dispatch: John Boyd column: Farm legislation isn’t good for Virginia cattle producers

Virginia’s News Leader AGRIBUSINESS BILL John Boyd column: Farm legislation isn’t good for Virginia cattle producers By John Boyd John Boyd, shown here on his Virginia farm, has been raising beef cattle for more than 25 years. NATIONAL BLACK FARMERS ASSOCIATION By John Boyd On its face, the new bill pending before the Virginia legislature