POLITICO: Turkey farmers face squeeze from distributors, just in time for Thanksgiving

POLITICO By Christine Haughney The days leading up to Thanksgiving would seem like an especially busy time to ask turkey farmers to embark on major construction projects on their farms. But a regulatory decision made by Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue last month opened the door for turkey farmers and other contract growers to be hit with new, burdensome and costly demands from the corporate interests for which they produce livestock. In the case of one group of turkey Read More …

POLITICO: Turkey farmers feeling squeeze

POLITICO By Christine Haughney TURKEY FARMERS FEEL PAIN FROM GIPSA: Days before Thanksgiving, some turkey growers are feeling the harsh effects of last month’s decision by Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to pull out of the interim final GIPSA rule. Within hours of the USDA’s announcement, one Pennsylvania turkey integrator, Plainville Farms, presented its farmers with updated contracts that required farmers to make costly upgrades or accept pay cuts, your host reports. How bad has it gotten for turkey farmers? In one Read More …

Meatingplace: USDA eliminates GIPSA as own agency, moves CODEX

Meatingplace By Rita Jane Gabbett Less than a month after USDA said it was postponing controversial organizational shifts for its Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) and its Codex food safety office, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has moved ahead on both. GIPSA In a memo to stakeholders dated Nov. 14, Perdue outlined realignment of a number of USDA offices, including eliminated GIPSA as a standalone agency. Instead, USDA will establish within the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) a deputy administrator for Read More …

DTN The Progressive Farmer: Critics Pan Bayer-Monsanto

DTN The Progressive Farmer By Chris Clayton OMAHA (DTN) — Critics of agricultural consolidation joined forces Tuesday in Washington to release reports calling on the Department of Justice to reject the merger between Bayer AG and Monsanto Co. Gathering at the National Press Club to air their grievances against the $63.5 billion merger were the Organization of Competitive Markets, the National Family Farm Coalition, the Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund, Consumer Federation of America, Friends of the Earth, the Read More …

The Fence Post: Oklahoma cattle producers say ‘no’ to state checkoff

The Fence Post The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry announced the $1 refundable Oklahoma Beef Checkoff referendum failed with 2,506 no votes and 1,998 yes votes. The proposed checkoff would have required that $1 be taken from cattle owners every time they sold cattle. The funds would remain in state to be administered by the Oklahoma Beef Council, which is made up of members appointed by: American Farmers and Ranchers, Oklahoma Dairy Producers Association, Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Read More …

The Hill: The death of the American dream for family farmers

The Hill By Joe Maxwell On Oct. 17, 2017, the American dream, the hope of every American for a fair share of America’s prosperity, died for America’s family farmers and rural farming communities, when USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue announced he would withdraw the Grain Inspection, Packers & Stockyards Administration’s Interim Final Rule (known as the GIPSA rule). Except for the lone voices of Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Jon Tester(D-Mont.), few in Washington even took notice. At issue is whether or not independent family farmers have a Read More …

Enid News & Eagle: Oklahoma Ranchers seeking Supreme Court intervention in State Checkoff Referendum

Enid News & Eagle By Ryan Miller Staff Writer Two organizations are seeking state Supreme Court intervention to prohibit the certification of the beef checkoff referendum. Last week, members of the Organization for Competitive Markets and R-CALF USA joined to file with the Oklahoma Supreme Court, requesting the court enter declaratory judgement and prohibit the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry from certifying the Oklahoma beef checkoff program referendum. “The legal application is in response to the Read More …

U.S. News & World Report: Kansas Agriculture Community Divided Over Livestock Rules

U.S. News & World Report TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas agriculture community has been divided over a decision by the Trump administration to block new livestock rules from taking effect. A division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture called the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration had proposed the rules that were scheduled to go into effect Thursday, the Lawrence Journal-World reported . The new rules were intended to protect poultry producers from unfair commercial practices by food processing Read More …