Corporate Farming News

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.

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.

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