Corporate Farming News

Moving Rural America Forward

In January, President Obama declared that despite Congressional logjams, “America does not stand still -- and neither will I. So wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for American families, that’s what I’m going to do.”

Corporate Farming Notes: Actively Engaged Rule

The Center for Rural Affairs worked tirelessly in the last Congressional farm bill debate to ensure small and mid-sized family farmers who actively work and manage their operations are the recipients of farm program payments. Strong public policy, in statute and administrative rule, that clearly defines what it means to be “actively engaged” in farming is crucial to that goal.

Corporate Farming: Another David vs. Goliath Tale

Last February, the Agriculture Committee of the Nebraska Unicameral Legislature heard public testimony on LB 942. This bill would repeal the prohibition on meatpacker ownership of hogs in Nebraska.

The hearing lasted well into the evening, with opponents outnumbering proponents nearly 10 to one. The Center for Rural Affairs, Nebraska Farmers Union, Independent Cattlemen of Nebraska, and approximately 50 family farmers, ranchers, and small town Nebraskans appeared to voice opposition to the bill.

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