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…



Justice Department urges Supreme Court against hearing cage-free egg lawsuit

Justice Department urges Supreme Court against hearing cage-free egg lawsuit December 3rd, 2018 by Jessica Fu Flickr / Open Grid Scheduler Which came first—the anti-confinement law or demand for the cage-free egg? Home Feature Issues Policy Systems On Friday, the Department of Justice (DOJ) made a move that could have significant ramifications for the American…



The Cap News: Anthony Pahnke: It’s time to investigate corporate concentration in agriculture

by Anthony Pahnke, Family Farm Defenders vice president | December 6, 2018 The price tags at the grocery store, particularly for food items, hide a lot. Over the past couple decades, they have hidden from consumers the increasing concentration in nearly every facet of the food industry. It’s the least our current government can do,…



Messenger Inquirer: Perdue labeled frequent violator of environmental regulations

by Jacob Dick, Messenger-Inquirer | Dec 2, 2018 Enforcement advocates say it’s business as usual for meat processors Between 2016 and 2018, the Perdue Farms chicken processing plant in Cromwell in Ohio County racked up 53 violations from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for discharges into a public waterway and spent 644 days in violation….



Iowa Public Radio: Rural Americans Are Now The Largest Slice Of Federal Food Aid Recipients

by Peggy Lowe | Nov 16, 2018 On a busy football Saturday, fans on both sides of the Iowa-Nebraska line streamed into a tiny grocery store to pick up hamburger, soda and chips. Store manager Nick Johnson, a third-generation store owner in far southwest Iowa, has long had a front-row seat to the local economy….



New Food Economy: A handful of companies control American agriculture. Cory Booker wants to change that

by Sam Bloch | August 30th, 2018 The New Jersey Senator has introduced a bill to halt the mergers and acquisitions that have hamstrung small-scale producers for decades. On Wednesday, Cory Booker, the Democratic Senator from New Jersey, introduced a bill that would impose a temporary moratorium on mergers and acquisitions between large farm, food,…