Monthly archives: November, 2016

Over 100 Mississippi Farmers and Ranchers Gather to Reclaim a Fair Food System

November 16, 2016 OCM BAY SPRINGS, MS – Yesterday evening, over 100 farmers and ranchers gathered in Bay Springs, Mississippi to say “enough is enough.” With this year’s calf prices dropping to about half of what they were a year ago and putting Mississippi cattle producers’ viability in question, cattle producers learned of actions they

Cattle market crash: saving American family farms

By Candace Barnette Posted: Tue 4:53 PM, Nov 29, 2016 Updated: Tue 7:23 PM, Nov 29, 2016 KEMPER CO., Miss. (WTOK) – It’s a crisis for the American family farmer. “Rural America is slowly dying,” local cattleman Fred Stokes says. Stokes has seen, firsthand, the effects that big corporations have had on farms and ranches.

Don’t let the American cowboy become extinct

Dear Friend, These are hard times for the independent family farmer and rancher. In the past 35 years, we have lost nearly half of our cattle producers, 90% of our hog producers, and over 80% of our dairy producers. Calf prices have dropped to half of what they were a year ago. In the name

Cattle market crash: the demise of American family farms

By Candace Barnette Posted: Mon 5:14 PM, Nov 28, 2016 KEMPER CO., Miss. (WTOK) – Local family farms are dying. It’s something Fred Stokes realized soon after he retired from the military in 1972 and decided to become a cattleman in Kemper County. “A year later, we had a market that was 40 percent of

Farmers Receive Less Than Twenty Percent of Thanksgiving Retail Food Dollar, NFU Farmer’s Share Shows

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 21, 2016 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 WASHINGTON (November 21, 2016) – Consumers’ holiday food costs have declined, but farmers still receive less than 20 percent of the food dollar, according to the annual Thanksgiving edition of the National Farmers Union (NFU) Farmer’s Share publication. The popular Thanksgiving Farmer’s Share compares

Will Trump decide that COOL is ‘best for America’?

By Dan Flynn | November 22, 2016 As a surrogate speaker this past August for then-candidate Donald J. Trump, former Ohio Republican Congressman Bob McEwen gave a fiery speech to a gathering of independent activist cattlemen from 18 states gathered at the Little America Hotel in Cheyenne, WY. He passionately argued for property rights and

DTN: US Will Withdraw From TPP by Chris Clayton

Chris Clayton DTN Ag Policy Editor Mon Nov 21, 2016 08:34 PM CST OMAHA (DTN) — If there were any doubt, President-elect Donald Trump made it clear in a video released late Monday that he would withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership in one of his first executive actions once taking office in January. President-elect Donald

At the center of debate over Costco plant in Fremont: How 17 million chickens will affect the area

By Barbara Soderlin / World-Herald staff writer Opponents of the chicken plant that Costco wants to build in Fremont have sounded an alarm about its effect on the region’s air and water quality, even suggesting it could harm drinking water in Omaha, 25 miles down the Platte River. Adding 17 million chickens to eastern Nebraska’s

Holy Chicken? Holy Cow! Was it all a stunt by ‘Super Size Me’ filmmaker?

By Andrew King ThisWeek News • Saturday November 19, 2016 10:33 PM For Morgan Spurlock’s most recent act, the filmmaker tricked most of central Ohio. Spurlock, best known for his documentaries and especially the Academy-Award nominated “Super Size Me,” has recently told anyone who would listen that his focus has changed. Instead of continuing to

Critics decry tax breaks as Monsanto plans Marana greenhouse

By Tony Davis Arizona Daily Star A typical zoning hearing for a 7-acre subdivision doesn’t draw more than a handful of protesters — mainly people who live close by. But on Tuesday, the Pima County Board of Supervisors expects to hear hours of objections to a 7-acre greenhouse that global biotech giant Monsanto Co. wants