Farm and Food News

What's All the Yellin' About?

I hate to say I told you so, but I did. In June, USDA published a new draft rule regarding how meatpackers must deal with farmers and ranchers in the procurement of livestock and poultry. But the packers don't like it and are pitching a fit, just as I said they would.

Making a Living, Making a Life

By Aubrey Streit Krug

As I intern at the Center for Rural Affairs, I’m learning about how the agricultural economy we have now is not inevitable. It can be changed.

Our ag economy is human-made. It’s been shaped by incentivizing and spurred by subsidies. It’s a sticky global system that often entangles the small and leaves loopholes for the large. It’s a way only a few people can make a living. For people in rural places--and for me, as a person with roots and family in a rural place--it’s at the root of dramatic conflicts.

Take these two scenarios:

Corporate Farming Notes

USDA has released a new rule defining what constitutes an “unreasonable preference,” which is clearly prohibited by the Packers and Stockyards Act. Meatpackers have given huge volume-based premiums to the largest hog and cattle producers for decades, helping them drive smaller, family farm and ranch livestock producers out of business.

Hot Topics at Nebraska Grazing Conference

Mob grazing, or very high stock density, short-duration grazing, is one of the headline topics at this year’s Nebraska Grazing conference, with several farmers to share their experiences. This 10th annual conference will again be held at the Kearney Holiday Inn on August 10-11.

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