Perhaps the Biggest Folly – Ignoring the Water Crisis

Perhaps the Biggest Folly – Ignoring the Water Crisis Posted on March 29, 2022 by Mike Callicrate In 1985, Barbara W. Tuchman wrote the book, March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam. Tuchman defines folly as the pursuit by government of policies contrary to the people’s interests, despite the availability of feasible alternatives. The growing…



Pa. Senator Schwank Announces Hemp Feed Bill

Pa. Senator Schwank Announces Hemp Feed Bill Eric Hurlock, ehurlock 16, 2022 Sen. Judy Schwank will soon be introducing a bill to allow hemp to be used as an ingredient in animal feed. Pennsylvania state Sen. Judy Schwank announced this week that she will be introducing legislation to allow hemp and its byproducts to be…



USDA Grants Cargill Beef Plant Self-Inspection, Raising Food Safety Concerns

USDA Grants Cargill Beef Plant Self-Inspection, Raising Food Safety Concerns March 3rd, 2022 | Food & Water Watch A Cargill cattle slaughter plant in Schuyler, Nebraska has been granted a regulatory waiver by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that will allow the plant’s employees to perform several critical safety inspections instead of federal inspectors….



USDA LABELING FRAUD

Montana Cattlemen’s Association Press Release Release Date:      March 10, 2022 Contact person:   Gilles Stockton                            (406) 428-2183                       Email:                   mca@montanacattlemen.org USDA LABELING FRAUD USDA has announced that they will conduct a survey to find out how much consumers are willing to pay in order for USDA to stop lying. The “Product of USA” label is consumer…



Op-Ed: Beef Packer and Allies Urge Congress to Do Nothing in Face of Broken Cattle Markets

For Immediate ReleaseMarch 10, 2022 R-CALF USA CEO Bill BullardPhone: 406-252-2516; r-calfusa View and share this news release on Facebook here or view the web version here. Opinion-Editorial by R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard Beef Packer and Allies Urge Congress to Do Nothing in Face of Broken Cattle Markets Large beef packers and their allies…



DTN: Tester Says Senate Will Debate Cattle Cash Trade and New Packer Watchdog Bills

Ag Policy Blog Chris Clayton DTN Ag Policy Editor Bio | Email Monday 2/28/22 Tester Says Senate Will Debate Cattle Cash Trade and New Packer Watchdog Bills DENVER (DTN) — Speaking to members of the National Farmers Union on Sunday, U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., said Senate leaders have told him they are willing to…



TIME – Meat Prices Are Going Up. Congress Is Trying to Do Something About It

Meat Prices Are Going Up. Congress Is Trying to Do Something About It https://news.yahoo.com/meat-industry-consolidation-sends-grocery-183027190.html Abby Vesoulis Wed, February 23, 2022 US-ECONOMY-INFLATION-FOOD-MEAT Employees assist a customer at Canales Quality Meats in Eastern Market in Washington, DC, on Feb. 8, 2022. Credit – Stefani Reynolds—AFP/Getty Images Nobody was physically injured when an August 2019 fire broke out…



Darvin Bentlage: Corporate ag at odds with American farmers

Darvin Bentlage: Corporate ag at odds with American farmers Feb 18, 2022 Darvin Bentlage Globe file photo https://www.joplinglobe.com/opinion/darvin-bentlage-corporate-ag-at-odds-with-american-farmers/article_c4ca2d6c-90ee-11ec-bde6-e300684f9277.html Even though the cards are often stacked against us, farmers are the ultimate optimists. I’m a fourth-generation cattle and grain farmer, and, right now, I’m optimistic that, for the first time since Teddy Roosevelt with the Packer…



A beef with ‘bigs’: Why rethink of competition starts with meat industry

A beef with ‘bigs’: Why rethink of competition starts with meat industry February 18, 2022 By Laurent Belsie Staff writer @lbelsie https://www.csmonitor.com/Business/2022/0218/A-beef-with-bigs-Why-rethink-of-competition-starts-with-meat-industry Mike Callicrate doesn’t mince words: “Break ‘em up,” says the Kansas cattleman of the four meatpackers that dominate his industry. “We’ve got to have a different model going forward. It’s going to be…



The Meat Monopoly – Ok, here’s how we fix it.

Ok, here’s how we fix it. Posted on February 20, 2022 by Mike Callicrate When the markets are gone, and the game of monopoly is over What happened Grandpa? The big-four meatpackers income will be regulated and limited to the drop credit value of the animals they slaughter. Big food retailers and food service companies…