Month: January 2019

DeLauro to Introduce Bill Requiring USDA to Prioritize American Agriculture in Food Purchases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 17, 2019 CONTACT: Will Serio: 202-225-3661 DeLauro to Introduce Bill Requiring USDA to Prioritize American Agriculture in Food Purchases Bill Ensures Trade Aid Money Does Not Go to Foreign Companies Like JBS WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today announced she will introduce the Buy American Agriculture Act, new legislation…



New Bill Would Require USDA to Buy American First

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 17, 2019 New Bill Would Require USDA to Buy American First Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) announced today she will file legislation to stop the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) from lining the pockets of global corporations at the expense of U.S. taxpayers and family farmers. Known as the…



Omaha World-Herald: Grace: Gov. Ricketts’ book snub creates a run on ‘This Blessed Earth’

by Erin Grace / World-Herald staff writer | January 14, 2019 At the end of his unintentionally controversial book about a Nebraska farm family, Ted Genoways thanks his supporters. Following a long tradition, the author of “This Blessed Earth” thanks his wife, photojournalist Mary Anne Andrei, for the idea to chronicle the ups and downs…



New Food Economy: With the end of 365 stores, Whole Foods cements its future as Amazon’s house brand

As it moves away from its focus on small suppliers, Whole Foods is increasingly becoming one itself—for Amazon. by Joe Fassler | January 15th, 2019 On Friday, Yahoo Finance reported that Whole Foods Market won’t open any more 365 stores—the smaller-format, budget-friendlier markets it had once said would be the key to its expansion. According…



DID THE USDA JUST DECEIVE AMERICA?

Op-ed by Bill Bullard, CEO, R-CALF USA On January 9, 2019, The Washington Post article titled “Trump farm bailout money will go to Brazilian-owned meatpacking firm, USDA says” reveals that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is deceiving the American public. The Washington Post article stated that one of the biggest meatpacking firms in the…



Daily Yonder: Rural Investments Could Be the Next ‘Big Opportunity,’ Former USDA Official Says

by Sarah Mock | January 9, 2019 Rural America’s slow recovery from the Great Recession isn’t entirely bad news, says the founder of the Rural Opportunity Initiative. For smart public and private investors, it could provide a chance to get ahead of the pack. There’s not much grass on Georgetown University’s Washington, D.C., campus, let…



Washington Monthly: The FTC Might Just Be Progressives’ Secret Weapon

by Sandeep Vaheesan A century ago, reformers gave the Federal Trade Commission extraordinary powers to take on abusive corporations. It’s time to wake the agency up. It is by now widely acknowledged that the United States has a corporate concentration crisis. Sectors across the economy—from agriculture to airlines to online search to pharmaceuticals to telecommunications—are…



Feedstuffs: JBS trade aid payments under fire

NEWS JBS trade aid payments under fire Petition calls on Congress and USDA to halt payments to JBS under farmer trade aid purchases. Jacqui Fatka 1 | Jan 11, 2019 The U.S. Department of Agriculture will purchase roughly 1.8 million lb. of pork products worth $5 million from Brazilian firm JBS using funds appropriated by…



Washington Post: Trump farm bailout money will go to Brazilian-owned meatpacking firm, USDA says

by Jeff Stein | January 9 U.S. taxpayers will buy about $5 million in pork products from a Brazilian-owned meatpacking firm under President Trump’s bailout program, which was designed to help American farmers hurt by the administration’s trade war, according to documents released Wednesday. JBS, one of the biggest meatpacking companies in the world, will…



CFAES: Farmers’ Costs to Go Up

posted November 7, 2018 COLUMBUS, Ohio — The cost of producing a grain crop is expected to rise next year, but farm income is unlikely to increase, an agricultural economist with The Ohio State University has projected. On average, profits for Ohio farmers next year will be “low to negative,” said Barry Ward, an assistant…