The New Food Economy | Foreign beef can legally be labeled “Product of U.S.A.” It’s killing America’s grass-fed industry.

The New Food Economy By Joe Fassler Last month, in a petition formally filed with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), two advocacy groups made a stunning claim: Your American grass-fed beef might actually come from overseas, even if it’s labeled “Product of U.S.A.” Joe Fassler will be hosting a Q&A about meat labeling on Thursday, July 19 at 1 p.m., EST. Join us by using the hashtag #CarnivoresDilemma. See you there. Those two groups—the American Grassfed Association (AGA), which offers the Read More …

Radio 570 WNAX | Senators Introduce Amendment to Restrict Checkoff Programs

WNAX By Tom Ritter Organization for Competitive Market members are backing an amendment they hope to get Senators to vote for in the 2018 farm bill. OCM Executive Director Joe Maxwell says it calls for reform to the checkoff program. He says it would make it more transparent for farmers and ranchers. He says the average producer is being hurt by not having a solid and transparent checkoff program in place. Maxwell says they tried to get their Read More …

Meatingplace | Farm groups focus on Senate for checkoff reform

Meatingplace By Rita Jane Gabbett The battle over whether commodity checkoff programs need reform within the context of the farm bill is not over. This week, 102 farm and food organizations sent a letter calling for the U.S. Senate to support inclusion of the Opportunities for Fairness in Farming (OFF) Act, S. 741, in the Senate version of the farm bill. The legislation’s sponsors, Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Cory Booker (D-NJ), plan to introduce their legislation as an amendment to Read More …

Politico | The Farmers’ Perspective Heard in D.C.

POLITICO By Christine Haughney THE FARMERS’ PERSPECTIVE HEARD IN D.C.: It may be one of the most inconvenient times of year for farmers to leave their ranches and fields behind to travel to Washington. But all this week, your host has been chatting with farmers who flocked to Capitol Hill to offer their personal views on the farm bill. “We probably should be in the fields or tending livestock,” said Jake Davis, a family farmer from Central Missouri who raises Read More …

Politico | Cutting off Importers from U.S.A. Labeling

POLITICO By Liz Crampton Beef importers have been able to take advantage of a loophole in regulations that allows them to use “Product of U.S.A.” labels if their goods pass through a USDA-inspected plant, beef groups say. Now, two groups are petitioning the USDA Food Safety Inspection Service to change its policy. The problem became especially acute in 2015, when country-of-origin labeling was repealed, say the American Grassfed Association and the Organization for Competitive Markets. And it is Read More …

The Washington Post | Justice Department approves Bayer-Monsanto merger in landmark settlement

The Washington Post By Brian Fung and Caitlin Dewey Federal antitrust regulators have granted agribusiness giants Bayer and Monsanto permission to merge after the two companies agreed to spin off $9 billion worth of assets, the largest such sale of corporate assets ever required by the Justice Department. Under the proposed settlement filed Tuesday, Bayer will sell its seed and herbicide businesses to a third party, the German chemical company BASF. It also will sell its emerging digital Read More …

Des Moines Register | Merged Bayer-Monsanto will corner the market on farm data and software

Des Moines Register Angela Huffman, Register Opinion contributor Published 11:11 a.m. CT May 14, 2018 (Photo: Kelsey Kremer/The Register) The Department of Justice (DOJ) is expected to approve the merger between Bayer and Monsanto. If that happens, the world’s newest and largest seed and chemical company will have more in common with Facebook and Cambridge Analytica than meets the eye. In recent years, large agrochemical companies, including Bayer and Monsanto, have been heavily investing in digital agriculture. This Read More …

Atlanta Journal-Constitution | As ag chief, Perdue takes ax to regulation, becomes point man on trade

Atlanta Journal-Constitution By Tamar Hallerman – The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ALEX WONG U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue sees himself as “the bilateral interpreter between the White House and the agricultural community.” (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) LIMA, Ohio —It was clear U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue was in his element as a brown and tan RV whisked him through this frigid slice of the Great Lakes region on a recent government road trip. The former Georgia governor had spent the Read More …