Bloomberg: Trump’s USDA Is Killing Rules That Organic Food Makers Want

by Andrew Martin and Shruti Singh | July 11, 2018 The organic industry has sought out government oversight to reassure consumers. Now some worry that deregulation could chip away at that confidence. Regulation isn’t a dirty word to makers of organic food. So they’re pushing back against the Trump administration, which has killed off a…



Civil Eats: In Farm Country, Grappling With the Taboo of Talking about Climate Change

by Bryce Oates | Climate, Rural Environment and Agriculture Project | 07.11.18 Despite the heated political rhetoric on both sides of the issue, the realities of the changing climate are driving farmers of all stripes to take action. In November 2014, agriculture journalist Gil Gullickson challenged the readers of Successful Farming—mostly conventional corn, soy, and…



USA Today: Produce is less healthy than it was 70 years ago. These farmers are trying to change that

by Carrie Blackmore Smith and Emily Hopkins, Cincinnati Enquirer | July 5, 2018 There it sits — in all its green glory — in the produce section of your local grocery store.   Broccoli. One of the most nutritious vegetables on the planet.   But 70 years ago, it contained twice the calcium, on average, and more than five times the…



One month until OCM’s 20th anniversary conference: More speakers announced

Mike, You will not want to miss OCM’s 20th Annual Food and Agriculture Conference, the only national conference focused on breaking up the stranglehold monopolies have on our farm and food economy. Leaders from across America are coming together in Kansas City, MO on August 9-10 to guide the conversation about how we can bring…



The Guardian: Two amputations a week: the cost of working in a US meat plant

by Andrew Wasley, Christopher D Cook and Natalie Jones | 5 Jul 2018 As unions warn of serious injuries, plans to take speed limits off the lines at pig plants are causing anxiety Amputations, fractured fingers, second-degree burns and head trauma are just some of the serious injuries suffered by US meat plant workers every…



R-CALF USA Thankful for Presidential Pardons for Oregon Ranchers Dwight and Steven Hammond

Media Contact: R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard Phone: 406-252-2516; r-calfusa www.r-calfusa.com R-CALF USA Thankful for Presidential Pardons for Oregon Ranchers Dwight and Steven Hammond Billings, Mont. – Today, R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard issued the following statement regarding President Trump’s Grant of Executive Clemency for Oregon ranchers Dwight and Steven Hammond, father and son, respectively….



Vice: These 11 Companies Control Everything About the Fourth of July

by Claire Kelloway | Jul 3 2018 From hot dogs to beer to chips and even charcoal, you don’t have much of a choice in whom you pay to celebrate. On this July Fourth, as millions of people gather to grill, imbibe, and celebrate liberty, their shopping carts will tell a much darker story about…



Dairy Herd Management: 111-Year-Old University Dairy Closes Doors Due To Low Prices

by Betsy Jibben | July 3, 2018 U.S. dairy farms suffer from low prices. ( Betsy Jibben ) Southwest Michigan is deeply rooted in agriculture ranging from fruit, vegetables and livestock. Despite the diversity, it’s not immune to a downturn in the market, especially in the dairy industry. Dairy producers are going out of business…



LocalHarvest Newsletter: June 27, 2018 Laboring With Less

by Rebecca Thistlethwaite | June 27, 2018 Welcome back to the LocalHarvest Newsletter. Let’s talk frankly about the state of agricultural labor in this country. Don’t worry, the US is not alone in this dilemma- it is happening in countries all over the world. Despite a growing human population, we have fewer people who want…



Humane Society: Jury says pork producer has to pay $25 million in damages, even as North Carolina lawmakers rush to protect factory farms

July 2, 2018 North Carolina residents who live near giant pig factory farms have long complained about the stench from the open manure lagoons, the swarms of flies that descend on their homes, mobs of vultures who pick over rotting hog carcasses and the constant rumbling of trucks driving back and forth. These are more…