Month: <span>May 2018</span>

CPA Supports President’s Decision to End Temporary Steel/Aluminum Exemptions

For Immediate Release May 31, 2018 Click here to view online CPA Supports President’s Decision to End Temporary Steel/Aluminum Exemptions Washington – The Coalition for a Prosperous America (CPA) supports the Trump administration’s decision to end temporary exemptions from Section 232 steel and aluminum tariffs for Canada, Mexico, and the European Union. “We appreciate the…



USDA looking for veterinarians to practice in shortage areas – A proposal to employ additional veterinarians …

I believe we should employ rural veterinarians as meat inspectors under the Talmadge-Aiken Act. This would save USDA a lot of money and provide far better inspection by professionals that live in the communities where full-time, and especially less than full-time inspection is needed. There is dire need to rebuild our local/regional foods systems, especially…



Farm Groups Call for Disqualification of Ohio Beef Council from Checkoff Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 31, 2018 Media Contact: Angela Huffman, 614-390-7552 ahuffman Farm Groups Call for Disqualification of Ohio Beef Council from Checkoff Program Columbus, Ohio – A federally-recognized state agency has been utilizing farmers’ tax dollars to influence policy and elections, in violation of both state and federal law. Today, farm groups joined together…



RSN: Do You Know Where Your Meat Comes From?

By Organic Consumers Association and Ronnie Cummins, EcoWatch | 27 May 18 Consumers know if the tomatoes they buy in the supermarket were imported from Mexico. They know if the sweater they purchased was made in Vietnam. They also know if the chicken they toss in their grocery cart was imported from another country. Under…



Washington Post: Justice Department approves Bayer-Monsanto merger in landmark settlement

by Brian Fung and Caitlin Dewey | May 29, 2018 Federal antitrust regulators have granted agribusiness giants Bayer and Monsanto permission to merge after the two companies agreed to spin off $9 billion worth of assets, the largest such sale of corporate assets ever required by the Justice Department. Under the proposed settlement filed Tuesday,…



New Food Economy: Wisconsin’s agriculture agent shortage heralds the end of an era for rural America

by Sam Bloch | May 29th, 2018 The University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension has reduced its fleet, bought out ranks of rural agents, and cut the number of positions across the state. Now farmers stand to lose access to 100 years of knowledge at a time when they need it most. Lafayette County, Wisconsin is…



New York Times: Antibiotics in Meat Could Be Damaging Our Guts

By William D. Cohan | May 25, 2018 The F.D.A. banned the use of antibiotics for growth promotion in animals last year. One organic cattle farmer is sure the ban is being flouted. In 2015, Sandy Lewis, a small-time organic cattle farmer in upstate New York, bought 13 bulls, for around $5,000 each, from a…



Civil Eats: Meet the Farmworkers Leading the #MeToo Fight For Workers Everywhere

By Vera Liang Chang | Food and Farm Labor, Food Justice | 05.21.18 From farmworkers to fashion models, worker-led social responsibility sets out to protect basic human rights. “Never again will we allow ourselves to be silenced as women … We will not permit our children’s lives to be limited by the greed of others…



ActionAid: Agribusiness Is Devastating to Family Farmers, Rural Communities, and the Environment

For many family farmers, farming is not just a job, it’s a way of life. Family farms take care of the environment, produce healthy foods, and support strong rural families and communities. But these family farms are disappearing across the United States. Policies that supported farmers have been replaced by policies that support agribusiness, and…



New Republic: The Truth About the “Vegan Lobby”

by Emily Atkin | May 24, 2018 It has long been demonized by conservatives—and even some vegans themselves—but does it really exist? The failure of the farm bill last week was a major loss for House Republicans, the party leadership in particular, but it was also a win for Big Vegan. That’s how Congressman Steve…