Fox News | American farmers getting crushed by corruption from imported beef monopoly

Fox News By Emily DeCiccio America’s farmers and ranchers are applauding a bipartisan push to formally review a meat-processing conglomerate’s apparent illicit dealings and whether its products are helping support Venezuela’s Socialist regime. Senators Marco Rubio, R-Fla. and Bob Menendez, D-N.J., are spearheading a push to investigate Joesley and Wesley Batista. The senators sent a letter to Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin on Oct. 8 requesting a formal review of the transactions of Brazilian meat-processing conglomerate, JBS S.A. The Batistas are the controlling shareholders of two prominent U.S. companies, JBS Read More …

Feedstuffs | Thousands urge USDA to act on GIPSA rule

Feedstuffs In May, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced its intent to publish a new rule under the Packers & Stockyards Act (PSA), also known as the GIPSA rule. The rule would specify criteria the secretary of agriculture could consider in determining whether conduct or action by packers, swine contractors or live poultry dealers constitutes an undue or unreasonable preference or advantage and a violation of the PSA. Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA (RAFI-USA), the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC), the Read More …

Tri-State Livestock News | Fair Cattle Markets: Ranchers rally in Omaha to ask Trump for COOL, more

Tri-State Livestock News By Deanna Nelson-Licking OCM’s list of six actions President Trump and Secretary Perdue can take to save the U.S cattle market. Buy American. Stop foreign meat from being labeled “Product of the USA” by ruling in favor of the OCM and American Grassfed Association petition to USDA’s Federal Safety Inspection Service. Withdraw from the United States, Mexico, Canada Agreement (USMCA) until such time as County of Origin Labeling (COOL) is included in the USMCA. Reduce Read More …

CNN | Now cattle ranchers are mad at Trump, too

CNN By Katie Lobosco and Vanessa Yurkevich Hundreds of cattle ranchers rode into Omaha, Nebraska, on Wednesday — some on horseback — hoping to get a message to President Donald Trump: They’re not happy. Cole Avery, who’s been running a cattle ranch for three years in Mississippi, said he drove 18 hours to be at the rally. He said he works a second job in order to provide for his family. “I hope that we can be seen and Read More …

Oklahoma Farm Report | OCM Accuses NCBA of “Granting” Itself $27 Million in Beef Checkoff Funds

Oklahoma Farm Report Last week the Beef Checkoff Program budget for 2020 was released, outlining how cattle producers’ $40,900,000 in research and promotion funds will be spent in the coming year. The Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB) Beef Promotion Operating Committee (BPOC) named eight organizations as contractors that will be granted the beef checkoff funds. Once again, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) won the top award, of $27,383,347 beef checkoff dollars. More than half of NCBA’s annual budget is made Read More …

Ag Journal | Concern for small farms fits broader policy shift

Ag Journal By Candace Krebs Earlier this year Sarah Lloyd, a dairy farmer who works for Wisconsin Farmers Union, organized a national roadshow that included a stop in Clovis, N.M., to rally solutions for what many now consider a full-blown dairy crisis. The problem she wanted to highlight wasn’t a shortage of milk. The U.S. is producing more milk per cow than ever before. But what Lloyd refers to as “no brakes” expansion is pushing out traditional family Read More …

USA Today | A nonprofit promoting dairy pays leaders millions — while farmers funding it go out of business

USA Today Cary Spivak As the number of dairy farms nationwide has plummeted by nearly 20,000 over the past decade, there’s one corner of the industry doing just fine: The top executives at Dairy Management, who are paid from farmers’ milk checks. The Illinois-based nonprofit is charged with promoting milk, cheese and other products – spending nearly $160 million a year collected through federally-mandated payments from dairy farmers. In 2017, a year in which 503 dairy farms closed in Wisconsin and 1,600 were shuttered nationwide, IRS records Read More …