Voice from the ranch: Nebraska cattle producer screwed by JBS speaks the truth

The world’s largest beef processing corporation, JBS, is underpaying family farmers and ranchers for their cattle. Even worse, our government is letting them get away with it. A recent announcement of yet another case where a JBS meatpacking plant failed to properly weigh and keep track of cattle delivered to its plant resulted in a…



Organization for Competitive Markets: New JBS Violations Highlight Weak Enforcement of Packers & Stockyards Act

posted December 12, 2018 Today, Organization for Competitive Markets received information indicating that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) will be releasing the terms of a settlement agreement with JBS Swift over its gross mishandling of beef carcasses at its Grand Island, Nebraska facility, its largest beef processing plant in the U.S….



New JBS Violations Highlight Weak Enforcement of Packers & Stockyards Act – Cheating cattle suppliers

New JBS Violations Highlight Weak Enforcement of Packers & Stockyards Act December 12, 2018 OCM Staff Today, Organization for Competitive Markets received information indicating that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) will be releasing the terms of a settlement agreement with JBS Swift over its gross mishandling of beef carcasses at its…



The New Republic: A Killing Season

by Boyce Upholt | December 10, 2018 Monsanto’s new herbicide was supposed to save U.S. farmers from financial ruin. Instead, it upended the agriculture industry, pitting neighbor against neighbor in a struggle for survival. Mike Wallace sat in his pickup truck on a dusty back road near his farm outside Leachville, Arkansas, typing impatiently into…



Civil Eats: Costco’s 100 Million Chickens Will Change the Face of Nebraska

by Twilight Greenaway | December 11, 2018 Can a single company reshape a landscape? That’s the question at play in Nebraska, where Costco, one of America’s most powerful companies, has the potential to impact residents, farmers, and the environment in complex and unprecedented ways. At the center of the move is the company’s $4.99 rotisserie…



Family Farm Action Dethrones the King Amendment in the Farm Bill Protecting the Rights of Farmers & Rural Communities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 11th, 2018 Media Contact: Chelsea Davis, 573-808-2559, chelsea Family Farm Action Dethrones the King Amendment in the Farm Bill Protecting the Rights of Farmers & Rural Communities Columbia Mo, Family Farm Action applauds Chairman Roberts, Ranking Member Stabenow, Chairman Conaway and Ranking Member Peterson for eliminating Steve King’s attack on state…



Civil Eats: Congress Will Likely Legalize Hemp in the Farm Bill. It Should Also Heal the USDA’s History of Discrimination.

by Jillian Hishaw | December 6, 2018 After more than 80 years, hemp is about to be legalized under the new farm bill, a shift that may offer farmers of color a unique chance to right historical, discriminatory injustices. But as a lawyer who works with farmers of color, the need for the U.S. Department…



ILSR: Dollar Stores Are Targeting Struggling Urban Neighborhoods and Small Towns. One Community Is Showing How to Fight Back.

by Marie Donahue and Stacy Mitchell | December 6 2018 It’s not easy to buy groceries if you live on the north side of Tulsa, Okla. This predominantly African American part of the city sprawls for miles and yet does not have a single, full-service grocery store. For many of North Tulsa’s residents this means…



Good Food: D.C. Public Schools To Become First on East Coast to Adopt Good Food Purchasing Program

Bill Aims to Improve School Meal Nutrition and Quality, Boost Local Economy FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Lea Howe lea@dcgreens.org 202.468.0176 WASHINGTON (December 4, 2018)—The Council of the District of Columbia voted unanimously today to ensure long-term commitment to implementing the Good Food Purchasing Program as part of a larger bill, The Healthy Students Amendment Act,…



Food & Power: Trump Administration Guts Office Designed to Protect Farmers from Ag Monopolies

Posted by Claire Kelloway Almost a century ago, in 1921, Congress passed the Packers & Stockyards Act to protect America’s farmers and ranchers from meat packing monopolies. Last week the Department of Agriculture quietly eliminated the independent office tasked with enforcing that law, the Grain Inspection, Packers, and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA). The change was the…