Month: February 2019

Small meat plants are in a fight for their life – Need help now!

From: James Serlin <james> Date: Fri, Feb 15, 2019 at 10:38 AM Subject: Let’s rally the troops!! – Marks Meat Inc To: Ben Meyer <ben> Dear Community, Ben and I wanted to reach out to our community and share a bit of insight on what we are working through with the USDA. This letter is…



UFCW Statement on Amazon Canceling NYC Location

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 14, 2019 UFCW Statement on Amazon Canceling NYC Location WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW)President Marc Perrone released the following statement in response to Amazon’s decision to withdraw their plan to establish a new campus in New York City. “Amazon showed its true colors today…



Capital Press: New Green Deal Calls for Ag to be ‘Greenhouse Gas Free.’ Quotes R-CALF USA

New Green Deal calls for ag to be ‘greenhouse gas free’ · By DON JENKINS Capital Press · Feb 11, 2019 The New Green Deal introduced last week by Democrats in the U.S. House and Senate does not propose banning cow flatulence, but it does strike at something that powers farm production — diesel fuel….



The Nation: Midwest US farmers going bankrupt faster than during 2008 recession

February 08, 2019 | Sputnik News Twice as many farmers in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin filed for bankruptcy in 2018 as did during the 2008 recession, statistics from the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals show. Sinking commodity prices, China’s retaliatory tariffs and increasing agricultural competition from Russian and Brazilian producers are some reasons why farmers…



Fern.org: In Democrats’ Green New Deal, a nod to sustainable agriculture

by Leah Douglas Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey on Thursday introduced a Green New Deal, offering a sweeping framework for eliminating U.S. carbon emissions to combat global warming and supporting sustainable farming practices along the way. The nod to agriculture was appreciated by some advocates, since food and farming accounts for an estimated…



Fortune: The Real Cost of Cheap Groceries

by Beth Kowitt and Dan Winters | January 14, 2019 There’s a price war raging in the grocery aisle—but the people who actually grow and gather our food may be the battle’s true losers. Meet the produce pickers of Texas’s Rio Grande Valley, whose penny-per-bunch harvest helps stock your pantry for less. Our food is…



Kansas City Star: Small farms in the Midwest can heal the environment and prosper with ‘Green New Deal’

by ROBERT LEONARD and MATT RUSSELL, Special to The Star | February 01, 2019 It’s been a tough year for farmers here in Iowa and across much of America. After several years of low commodity prices, President Donald Trump’s tariffs and partial government shutdown have rocked the markets. Only the largest of operations are making…



WEBINAR: Fair prices and a bold new deal in Mexico

Fair prices and a bold new deal in Mexico Tomorrow, Tuesday, February 12, 2019 1:00 CST Register now The Mexican government and President Andrés Manuel López Obrador are moving forward with plans to transform its agriculture system to achieve self-sufficiency in basic grains and strengthen rural livelihoods. The first phase of the program includes guaranteed…



Bloomberg: Killing 22 Hogs a Minute, Meatpackers Test Old Limits of Safety

by Andrew Martin | February 1, 2019 Trump’s USDA is looking to speed up the slaughter line. In an Illinois River town where Abe Lincoln once toiled as a country lawyer, the slaughterhouse of the future runs at a speed that generations of Midwestern farmers would have dismissed as fantasy. At other factories, as many…



CBS News: Recalls of hazardous meat and poultry up 83 percent since 2013, report finds

January 17, 2019 Recalls of hazardous meat and poultry have gone up by more than 80 percent in the last six years, according to a new report out Thursday morning. One in six Americans get sick every year from eating contaminated food leading to at least 3,000 deaths per year – 450 from salmonella alone….