Meat+Poultry: Checkoff programs in legislative crosshairs

Meat+Poultry BY ERICA SHAFFER WASHINGTON – Lawmakers in the US House and Senate introduced bi-partisan legislation intended to bring transparency and accountability to federal commodity marketing programs. Introduced by Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Sen. Corey Booker (D -NJ) the Opportunities for Fairness in Farming Act of 2017 (OFF Act) will: Clarify and fortify the prohibition on checkoff programs from contracting with organizations that lobby on agricultural policy; Establish program standards that prohibit anticompetitive behavior and engaging in Read More …

Agriculture.com: SF Special: A Constant Battle for Beef Checkoff Transparency

Agriculture.com By Anna McConnell 3/21/2017  It all started when former Kansas City Star investigative reporter Mike McGraw overheard a conversation at the 2012 National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Convention in Nashville, Tennessee. Five years later, he’s unsure exactly what he heard and can’t locate his notes from the convention, but it was enough that the Organization for Competitive Markets (OCM) started balling its fists and marching toward the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board (CBB), also known as the Read More …

Huffington Post: While Trump Was Dominating In Deep-Red Oklahoma, This Democrat Won A Landslide

Huffington Post Now Joe Maxwell is urging his party not to give up on rural America. By Zach Carter MICHAEL CALI FOR THE HUFFINGTON POSTJoe Maxwell beat a right-to-farm initiative in a farming state. As precinct data rolled into his war room at the Aloft Hotel in downtown Oklahoma City last November, Joe Maxwell realized his team had a landslide on its hands. He saw no need to delay the victory speeches, having been up since before daybreak Read More …

The New York Times: Leashes Come Off Wall Street, Gun Sellers, Polluters and More

The New York Times By ERIC LIPTON and BINYAMIN APPELBAUM WASHINGTON — Giants in telecommunications, like Verizon and AT&T, will not have to take “reasonable measures” to ensure that their customers’ Social Security numbers, web browsing history and other personal information are not stolen or accidentally released. Wall Street banks like Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase will not be punished, at least for now, for not collecting extra money from customers to cover potential losses from certain kinds Read More …

DTN The Progressive Farmer: Groups Write to AG Opposing Seed-Chemical Mergers

DTN The Progressive Farmer By Chris Clayton, DTN Ag Policy Editor Nearly 325 consumer, food, farm and anti-pesticide groups sent a letter Monday to newly confirmed Attorney General Jeff Sessions calling on Sessions to block the three major seed-and-agrichemical mergers being reviewed by the U.S. Department of Justice, as well as other U.S. and foreign regulators. The mergers involved include Dow Chemical and DuPont, Bayer AG and Monsanto, and ChemChina and Syngenta. Groups signing onto the letter stated Read More …