Will you join me in busting up food monopolies and fighting for family farms?

Friends, I want to introduce you to a new organization that is taking on the fight against abusive monopoly power in food and agriculture and standing up for independent farms and ranches. Family Farm Action Alliance is a national research, policy development, market innovator, and advocacy organization building a sustainable, inclusive economy in which everyone…



AP: Iowa fines beef plant Marfrig/National Beef $957 after huge coronavirus outbreak

Iowa fines beef plant [Marfrig/National Beef] $957 after huge coronavirus outbreak By RYAN J. FOLEY Associated Press September 24, 2020 — 2:31pm Matthew Putney – The Courier via AP file The Iowa Premium Beef plant in Tama, Iowa. IOWA CITY, Iowa — Iowa regulators have issued their first citation to a meatpacking plant with a…



FTC’s move could help make ‘Made in the USA’ label meaningful again

FTC’s move could help make ‘Made in the USA’ label meaningful again By Dan Flynn on September 16, 2020 A 60-day comment period for the Federal Trade Commission’s “Made in the USA” label ended Monday with 838 submissions that favor a crack-down on unqualified U.S-origins claims on product labels. And the No. 1 maker of…



Family Farm Action Alliance joins the fight

We are Family Farm Action Alliance, a new research, policy development, market innovator, and advocacy organization dedicated to building a sustainable, inclusive economy that respects our land, natural resources, and neighbors around the world. We are Family Farm Action Alliance, a new 501(c)(3) research, policy development, market innovator, and advocacy organization dedicated to building a…



Supporting Kathryn Bedell for Mesa County Commissioner – How to build a new local/regional food system and Western Slope economy that feeds everyone.

EXPERIENCE TO BUILD A BETTER NORMAL I’m Dr. Kathryn Bedell. I’m a veterinarian, a rancher, and a business owner. Today I serve as Mesa County’s representative on the state Agriculture Commission. I’m also a mom and come from a proud family who’s served in the US military since the early 1900’s.​ We’ve got some deep…



Civil Eats: In a Year of Climate Reckoning, Where Does Joe Biden Stand on Climate and Agriculture?

In a Year of Climate Reckoning, Where Does Joe Biden Stand on Climate and Agriculture? Fires rage in the West as storms, hurricanes, and floods hit the rest of the country. Progressives are pushing Biden to transform the food system and manage and mitigate the effects of the climate crisis. By Lisa Held Climate, FARMING,…



The Prairie Star: Beef industry looks to fix issues with price transparency

Beef industry looks to fix issues with price transparency By MORGAN ROSE The Prairie Star Sep 12, 2020 Updated Sep 14, 2020 The meat packing portion of the American beef industry has long been a bone of contention. With only four major meat packing companies controlling 85 percent of the beef market in the United…



The Corner Newsletter: Open Markets Introduces New Report on Agricultural Cooperatives That Details How to Restore this Traditional Form of Joint Ownership

Welcome to The Corner. In this issue, we introduce our new report on Amazon, which reveals how the corporation built a surveillance infrastructure to monitor its workers’ every move, and we announce the Oct. 27 publication of Monopolies Suck, the new book by Open Markets Director of Enforcement Sally Hubbard. ​ Remembering Our Friend Ted…



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Seeds: All our ‘Farm Crisis’ By Kerry Hoffschneider Sep 15, 2020 A traveler’s trunk that was carried by immigrants who came here to settle on new lands. Deep swallow. Here goes. My notes regarding this subject have sat on a page for several weeks now. They have waited even longer since I began to work…



USA Today: A week before Trump’s order protecting meat plants, industry sent draft language to feds

A week before Trump’s order protecting meat plants, industry sent draft language to feds Sky Chadde, Kyle Bagenstose and Rachel Axon USA TODAY Even as thousands of their employees fell ill with COVID-19, meatpacking executives pressured federal regulators to help keep their plants open, according to a trove of emails obtained by USA TODAY. The…