Colorado Springs Business Journal: Rittmer traces solutions for food, farms

Rittmer traces solutions for food, farms By Helen Robinson – May 24, 2019 Jacy Rittmer grew up on a little farm outside Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and she can see the stark change in farmers’ fortunes. “Our rural economies right now are suffering,” she said. “I drive back and forth from Colorado all the time and…



Beef Checkoff Refuses to Spend Producer Dollars on Beef Promotion

Media Contact: Bill Bullard, R-CALF USA CEO r-calfusa@r-calfusa.com, (406) 252-2516 View and share this news release on Facebook here . Beef Checkoff Refuses to Spend Producer Dollars on Beef Promotion Billings, Mont. – USDA recently admitted it is keeping Montana producers’ beef checkoff money -a federal tax on cattle producers that must be used to…



NPR: ‘American Soil’ Is Increasingly Foreign Owned

A loaded combine during a late corn harvest in Hamilton, Ohio. -John Minchillo/AP posted May 27, 2019 | Heard on All Things Considered American soil. Those are two words that are commonly used to stir up patriotic feelings. They are also words that can’t be be taken for granted, because today nearly 30 million acres…



NPR: Suicide Is Rising Among American Farmers As They Struggle To Keep Afloat

Suicide Is Rising Among American Farmers As They Struggle To Keep Afloat LISTEN·3:373:37PLAYLIST · DOWNLOAD May 16, 20184:19 PM ET Heard on All Things Considered KELSEY SNELL Farm-state lawmakers are concerned that political fighting about the "Farm Bill" could endanger a critical rural safety net and deepen a growing mental health crisis among farmers. Suicide…



Bloomberg: Most Grass-Fed Beef Labeled ‘Product of U.S.A.’ Is Imported

Photographer: Dimas Ardian/Bloomberg Foreign meat makes up the bulk of an increasingly sought-after product. Perdue Farms is hoping a new acquisition will revive domestic sales. By Deena Shanker |May 23, 2019 If you’ve eaten grass-fed beef in America over the past few years, chances are the cows weren’t raised in the U.S., even if the…



Indy Week: 2019 Food Triangle: Firsthand Foods Is Disrupting the Way Meat Is Raised and Eaten in the Triangle

Firsthand Foods is a Durham-based company that supplies local restaurants, institutions, and consumers with pasture-raised meat from small, local farms. by Layla Khoury-Hanold | May 6, 2019 From the ingredients splayed on the wooden board, I nestle rosy slices of meat inside a lettuce leaf and dip it in a chili-garlic sauce. The flavor is…



OCM: Over 200 Farm, Food and Rural Groups Support Agribusiness Merger Moratorium Bills

For Immediate Release Over 200 Farm, Food and Rural Groups Support Agribusiness Merger Moratorium Bills Coalition Urges Members of Congress to Cosponsor Vital Legislation Washington, D.C. — Today, a broad-based coalition of 219 farm, food, rural, faith and consumer advocacy organizations delivered a letter to Congress endorsing food and agribusiness merger moratorium bills introduced by…



WORC – Bill placing moratorium on agribusiness mergers introduced in U.S. Congress

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 22, 2019 CONTACTS Jean Lemire Dahlman, Forsyth, MT rancher and Northern Plains Resource Council member, (406) 351-9921 Dustin Ogdin, Communications Director, Northern Plains, (406) 248-1154 Maggie Gordon, Organizer, Northern Plains, (406) 248-1154 Bill placing moratorium on agribusiness mergers introduced in U.S. Congress Legislation seeks to address structural disadvantages imposed on family…



OCM – USDA Announces New Packers and Stockyards Act Regulations to be Issued

USDA Announces New Packers and Stockyards Act Regulations to be Issued May 22, 2019 OCM Staff Today, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it will invite the public to comment on new proposed revisions to regulations under the Packers & Stockyards Act in compliance with a 2008 congressional mandate by the Bush administration….



CNN Business: How a cheap, brutally efficient grocery chain is upending America’s supermarkets

Story by Nathaniel Meyersohn, CNN Business, Video by Bronte Lord, CNN Business, Photographs by Dina Litovsk | Published May 17, 2019 Running a supermarket in America has never been harder. Profits are razor thin. Online shopping and home delivery are changing the way people buy their food. Dollar stores and drugstores are selling more groceries….