Month: <span>April 2018</span>

Harvest Public Media: Fearing Deportation, Unauthorized Immigrants Shy Away From Signing Kids Up For Food Aid

by Esther Honig | Apr 26, 2018 In the small city of Fort Morgan, Colorado, 33-year-old Verónica delicately stacks cans of food into her mini shopping cart, strolling the narrow aisles of the Rising Up food pantry to gather eggs, milk, apples and an extra-large box of cereal. “This [place] is really helpful for me,”…



Drovers: Farmers’ Share Of Food Dollar At Record Low

posted April 26, 2018 USDA’s Economic Research Service’s Food Dollar Series recently revealed that in 2016 the farmers’ share of the food dollar fell to 14.8 cents, down 4.5 percent from the prior year and the lowest level since the series was launched in 1993. When adjusted for inflation, in 2009 dollars, the farmers’ share…



IndyWeek: BREAKING: Plaintiffs Awarded $50 Million in Landmark Smithfield Hog Nuisance Case

by Erica Hellerstein | April 26, 2018 In a landmark decision, the jury ruling on the first of twenty-six nuisance cases against pork-producer Murphy-Brown LLC awarded the plaintiffs damages of more than $50 million. The case, which went to the jury yesterday afternoon, was the first in a series of federal lawsuits filed by neighbors…



Food & Power: Ranchers Oppose Marfrig Acquisition that would Spell More Foreign Control Over US Beef

Posted by Kevin Carty A growing number of American ranchers are calling on the Trump Administration to block a Brazilian corporation’s plan to take over America’s fourth largest meatpacker. They say the deal would worsen monopolization in the sector and further harm the livelihoods of American farmers and ranchers. “It sounded good when Trump said…



USDA: IMMEDIATE: Secretary Perdue To Allow Modified FMD Virus Onto US Mainland Under Specific Conditions for Vaccine Development

USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service sent this bulletin at 04/26/2018 01:05 PM EDT Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has authorized the movement of a modified, non-infectious version of the Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) virus from the Plum Island Animal Disease Center to the U.S. mainland for the purposes of continued vaccine development…



The Register-Guard: Farm Bill amendment disastrous

posted on April 25, 2018 An assault is underway on states’ authority to establish their own laws governing agriculture, American consumers, family farmers, farm animals and our environment. Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King’s measure, HR 4879, was recently added to the Farm Bill as an amendment, and it could effectively nullify hundreds of state laws,…



Tri-State Livestock News: More Neb. farmers and ranchers turning to Chapter 12 bankruptcy

by Ruth Nicolaus | March 22, 2018 The last fifteen months have seen an increase in Chapter 12 bankruptcy filings among farmers and ranchers in Nebraska. As production costs continue to exceed commodity prices, more farmers will likely be filing Chapter 12 bankruptcy. Joe Hawbaker, an agricultural law attorney in Omaha, Nebraska, said there has…



Mother Jones: Farmworkers Are Living 20 to a House in California’s Bountiful Salinas Valley

by Samantha Michaels | Apr. 21, 2018 “They can’t get people to move here, or stay here, because there’s nowhere for them to live.” If you’re making a salad to go along with your dinner tonight, you should probably thank the farmworkers in California’s Salinas Valley, who produce about two-thirds of the country’s lettuce and…



New Food Economy: Rural Kansas is dying. I drove 1,800 miles to find out why

by Corie Brown | April 26th, 2018 A native Kansan returns home to find that the broken promises of commodity agriculture have destroyed a way of life. Most Americans experience Kansas from inside their cars, eight hours of cruise-controlled tedium on their way to someplace else. Even residents of the state’s eastern power centers glimpse…



RSN: How Agro-Chemical Giant Monsanto Has Been Destroying Environment, Human Lives for Decades

By teleSUR | 24 April 18 In 1995, the United States Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, listed Monsanto among the top 5 lethal corporations dumping toxic waste, as it was recorded dumping nearly 37 million tons of toxic waste, through air, water, and land. On April 10, the terrifying news of the U.S. court allowing a…