Sometimes You eat the Bear
But then, in the 2008 farm bill, Congress required USDA write rules defining "unreasonable preference" to protect family farmers and ranchers against volume based price discrimination. And last month the Department of Justice and 13 state Attorneys General filed suit to stop JBS, the Brazilian meatpacking conglomerate, from acquiring National Beef Packing. That deal would have given JBS, Tyson and Cargill 85% of national beef slaughter (35% for JBS alone).
Those thousands of farmers and ranchers knew back then, and those that are left still know today, that sometimes the bear eats you... and sometimes you eat the bear. Maybe, just maybe, the tables are turning.