Corporate Farming News

David defeats Goliath

While the recently passed Farm Bill continues to provide unlimited farm program payments and crop insurance premium subsidies to the nation’s largest and wealthiest mega-farms, there are some things that the legislation does - or more aptly, does not do - that merit mention. As the Farm Bill Conference Committee made an eleventh hour deal to move the Farm Bill forward, changes to two major livestock market reforms were notably absent.

Farmers and Ranchers should own Livestock, not Packers

A bill introduced in the Nebraska Legislature, LB 942, would remove the restriction on packer ownership of hogs in the state. The bill intends to grease the skids for corporate hog production. A hearing for LB 942 is scheduled for Tuesday, February 18th at the Capitol in Lincoln. The Center for Rural Affairs, Nebraska Farmers Union and a growing group of family farmers, ranchers and small town Nebraskans will be there voicing opposition to the bill.

Godspeed Old Friend

During the Center’s early years the organization made some big splashes. The publication of reports such as Who Will Sit Up with the Corporate Sow? in 1975 and Wheels of Fortune in 1976 established the Center as a crucial voice in rural policy debates in and beyond Nebraska.

Corporate Farming Notes: GIPSA Rule

In March, the House of Representatives adopted a Senate-approved continuing resolution to fund federal spending through Sep 30, 2013. Unfortunately, two troubling legislative “riders” were included in the final legislation. The first sidestepped the 2008 Farm Bill provision that required the Secretary of Agriculture to write what is commonly called the GIPSA rule.

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