New Food Economy: Arkansas lawmakers oppose a rule that would hurt Big Poultry. They all receive campaign contributions from the companies affected.

by H. Claire Brown | November 29th, 2018 The poultry industry has funneled at least $580,000 into Arkansas congressional campaigns over the last few years. Between 2012 and 2018, American poultry growers received $1.8 billion in loans from the Small Business Administration (SBA). That’s three-quarters of the total loans that went to agricultural businesses overall…



The Fence Post: USDA finalizes management changes and eliminates GIPSA

https://www.thefencepost.com/news/usda-finalizes-management-changes-and-eliminates-gipsa/ USDA finalizes management changes and eliminates GIPSA -The Hagstrom Report November 30, 2018 Stokes Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue published in the Federal Register Thursday a final rule to make a number of management changes that the Trump administration has made in USDA, including the elimination of the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration and…



Lincoln Journal Star: As ag economy continues to struggle, farm bankruptcies rise

As ag economy continues to struggle, farm bankruptcies rise MATT OLBERDING Lincoln Journal Star December 1, 2018 Farmers are filing for bankruptcy in Nebraska in numbers not seen in quite some time. Through October, there had been 25 Chapter 12 bankruptcy filings in in the state, already more than the 20 cases filed all of…



Tulsa World editorial: The state’s starting to pay attention to eastern Oklahoma concerns about chicken houses

Tulsa World editorial: The state’s starting to pay attention to eastern Oklahoma concerns about chicken houses · From World’s Editorial Writers · Nov 24, 2018 Updated Nov 24, 2018 With the chicken already out of the barn, the state agriculture department is starting to pay attention to the door. An explosion of new eastern Oklahoma…



Wall Street Journal: Bayer to Cut 12,000 Jobs, Shed Coppertone and Dr. Scholl’s Brands

by Ruth Bender | Nov. 29, 2018 German company plans to cut 10% of its workforce as it seeks to regain investors’ favor BERLIN— Bayer AG on Thursday said it would cut 12,000 jobs and sell its animal-health business, Coppertone sunscreens and Dr. Scholl’s foot-care products in an effort to win back investors’ trust after…



Progressive Farmer: Harrington’s Sort & Cull – USDA Final Rule Ends GIPSA

by Todd Neeley, DTN Staff Reporter | November 29, 2018 OMAHA (DTN) — The USDA on Thursday posted a final rule ending the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration, https://www.federalregister.gov/documents…, and transferring the standalone agency’s functions to the Agricultural Marketing Service. The Organization for Competitive Markets was critical of the decision. OCM founding member and…



Buzz Feed News: Democrats Can Win Back Rural America, But First They Need To Understand What Bled It Dry

by Sarah Miller, BuzzFeed Contributor and Austin Frerick, BuzzFeed Contributor | November 28, 2018 At the root of rural America’s angst are small towns whose economies have been taken over by a handful of predatory multinationals. Rural and small-town voters turned out in huge numbers in support of the Trump agenda this month. That turnout…



New York Times: The Monopolization of America

by David Leonhardt | November 25, 2018 In one industry after another, big companies have become more dominant over the past 15 years, new data show. The popular telling of the Boston Tea Party gets something wrong. The colonists were not responding to a tax increase. They were responding to the Tea Act of 1773,…



Star Tribune: Farm bankruptcies are on the rise, and bankers worry that far more are on the way

by Adam Belz, Star Tribune | November 26, 2018 Farm bankruptcies are rising in the Midwest and bankers worry more are on the way. Farm bankruptcies are on the rise in Minnesota and across the Upper Midwest. Eighty-four farms filed for Chapter 12 bankruptcy in Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana in the…



New Food Economy: Bison bars were supposed to restore Native communities and grass-based ranches. Then came Epic Provisions.

by Marilyn Noble | November 27th, 2018 Tanka, a Native-owned business, invented the commercial bison bar. But Epic took credit, built an empire on a foundation of misleading claims, promised ranchers investment that never materialized, and left an industry struggling in its wake. To hear the processed food industry tell it, the bison bar—the trendy,…