Senator Warren’s Speech on Monopoly

Yesterday, straight off her high-profile campaign appearance Monday with Hillary Clinton, Sen. Elizabeth Warren gave a keynote address about industry consolidation in the American economy at a conference at the Capitol put on by New America’s Open Markets program. Though the speech has so far gotten only a modicum of attention—the press being more interested in litigating Donald Trump’s Pocahontas taunts—it has the potential to change the course of the presidential contest. Her speech begins at minute 56:45 Read More …

‘Picked Off Like a Single Quail’

Daily Yonder – Ag and Trade | 12/30/2013 Unless rural people get organized to stand up to corporate power, the future of rural America will be grim, says veteran Nebraska agriculture attorney David Domina. If you care about rural communities, watch this speech — even if it means skipping a few cat videos. By Tim Marema If farmers don’t get organized and work together, they stand about as much chance of surviving as a lone bird flying into Read More …

Forget Oil, Worry About Phosphorus

“The following was authored by C. Robert Taylor, Alfa Eminent Scholar and Professor of Agricultural Economics at Auburn University and OCM Senior Economic Fellow and published in the Daily Yonder.” (all charts, graphs and illustrations can be found in the Newsletter archives, October 2010 edition) The world’s agriculture depends on a mineral that is declining in production and is controlled by a cartel of companies. Troubling, ain’t it? Modern farming methods depend increasingly on fossil fuels and major Read More …

Corporate Power

The problem of consolidation in the seed industry is well known. One company in particular, the Monsanto Company, controls a high percentage of the global seed market and continues to increase its dominance by acquiring or merging with a significant number of companies in its industry. Monsanto has acquired dozens of independent seed companies in the last decade. It controls 70% of the transgenic corn market and more than 90% of the transgenic soybean market. In 2007, Monsanto Read More …

Take Action

The concentration of market power in the seed industry cannot be ignored. The problem is well known and already impacts every farmer, rancher and agricultural producer. In the face of historic fuel costs, farmers are also paying higher seed costs with less choice due to unfair trade practices in the crop seed and genetics industry. Our farmers and rural communities are at a disadvantage. Help us take back an open and fair seed industry. Educate yourself on the Read More …