Month: <span>September 2018</span>

Courthouse News Service: Farmers Press Eighth Circuit to Clear Regulatory Hurdle

by Joe Harris | September 26, 2018 ST. LOUIS (CN) – Small farmers still waiting on a years-old legislative promise lobbied the Eighth Circuit on Wednesday to dissolve a roadblock put in place by the Trump administration. Intended to make it easier for large agribusiness corporations to be held accountable for discriminatory practices, the Farmer…



The Bureau of Investigative Journalism: Antibiotics in agriculture: The blurred line between growth promotion and disease prevention

by Ben Stockton , Natalie Jones | September 19 2018 In an investigation published today, the Bureau revealed how US farm animals are still being dosed with antibiotics vital to human health, despite efforts to curtail such usage and combat the spread of deadly superbugs. We also found that a regulatory loophole means that using…



New Food Economy: I visited Amazon’s new 4-star store-a glimpse into the big-data-enabled future of brick-and-mortar

When it opened Thursday in New York City, Amazon 4-star didn’t look all that different from other stores. But it demonstrates how insight into the shopping habits of millions of Americans gives Amazon a leg up on the old guard of brick-and-mortar retailers. By Joe Fassler | Read more ——————————————————————————————————————————————— Editor’s note: As Donald Trump…



Organization for Competitive Markets: Another Decade to Wait for Meaningful GIPSA Antitrust Enforcement? Hell No!

posted September 28, 2018 We had our day in court. On Wednesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit heard oral arguments in our lawsuit challenging the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s unlawful rollback of critical protections designed to safeguard family farms and ranches from predatory and retaliatory practices by big agribusiness corporations. Appearing…



RSN: The Man Who Beat Monsanto: ‘They Have to Pay for Not Being Honest’

by Sam Levin, Guardian UK | September 27, 2018 A jury ruled the agrochemical company caused Dewayne Johnson’s cancer. He tells the Guardian he wants to use the victory to make a difference while he still can. Dewayne Johnson tries not to think about dying. Doctors have said the 46-year-old cancer patient could have months…



Tri-State Livestock News: Federal Hearing: Family Farmers Take USDA to Court for GIPSA Rule Withdrawal

posted on: September 26, 2018 Farmers from Nebraska and Alabama Push Back Against Administration’s Attempt to Dismiss Their Concerns, Call on President Trump to Keep Promise to ‘Stand by America’s Farmers’ St. Louis, Mo. — Today, Sept. 26, 2018, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit heard oral arguments in a lawsuit challenging…



West Central Tribune: ‘We’re absolutely lost’: Falling prices, health issues force small southern Minn. dairy farming family to sell 55-year operation

by Ross Torgerson | Sep 18, 2018 LE CENTER, Minn. — Lloyd Tiede never cries. “I have never seen my Dad cry besides when his father passed away,” said Adrianna Tiede, Lloyd’s daughter. But in a phone call with his daughter Thursday, Sept. 13, Tiede, 55, simply couldn’t hold back the tears any longer. And…



The News & Observer: NASA can see dark, polluted Carolina rivers spilling into the ocean from space

by Abbie Bennett | September 24, 2018 A NASA satellite is tracking flooding in the Carolinas following Hurricane Florence, and its images show dark, polluted water flowing from rivers into the Atlantic Ocean. Nearly 8 trillion gallons of rain fell across North Carolina during the storm, according to the National Weather Service in Raleigh’s estimate….



Organization for Competitive Markets: Screwed Again: The 2019 Beef Checkoff Budget is Out

September 24, 2018 The 2019 beef checkoff budget is out, and global meatpacking corporations and their industry lobbying groups are the winners once again while American family farmers and ranchers continue to be taxed to fund their own demise. Under federal law, farmers of certain commodities (including pork, eggs, beef, and corn) are required to…



Humane Society: Farm Bill should support family farmers, not factory farms

by Kitty Block | September 24, 2018 With the confirmed deaths of 3.4 million chickens and 5,500 hogs in North Carolina’s factory farms during Hurricane Florence, and the toxic torrent released by the flooded-out fecal lagoons of the industry in that state, a look at federal policy on factory farming could not be more timely….