CNN | Walmart takes a step toward owning the food chain

Source: CNN By Nathaniel Meyersohn America’s biggest retailers are pushing back against this country’s largest meat processors. The future of the nation’s food chain is on the line. Walmart last week opened a meatpacking plant in south Georgia that will cut, package and label its own brand of steaks and roasts to deliver to meat cases at 500 stores in the region. It is Walmart’s first meatpacking plant. Costco has also developed its own farm-to-store poultry production operation in Nebraska Read More …

POLITICO | The Trump Administration Chose Meatpacking Giants Over Farmers in USDA Proposal, Critics Say

Source: POLITICO By Catherine Boudreau Farmers who hoped President Donald Trump would side with them over meatpacking conglomerates were dealt a blow after the Agriculture Department proposed changing rules governing fair competition in the industry. The latest proposal omits an Obama-era effort that would have made it easier for livestock farmers to win lawsuits against meat processors like JBS or Tyson Foods. For at least a decade, farmers have said there is an impossibly high bar to prove Read More …

The Washington Post | This foreign meat company got U.S. tax money. Now it wants to conquer America.

The Washington Post President Trump delivers remarks in support of farmers and ranchers at the White House in May. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) By Kimberly Kindy  November 7, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. EST This story has been updated.Two men in cowboy hats stood behind President Trump in May as he announced a $16 billion agricultural bailout. Trump said the financial relief from his trade war with China would help American farmers, reinforcing an earlier tweet when the president said the funds would Read More …

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 …