Corporate Farming News

Recap of Nebraska Legislative Hearing on LB 176 or the Grease the Skids for Corporate Hog Production Bill

A bill introduced in the Nebraska Legislature, LB 176, would remove the restriction on meat packing corporations owning hogs in Nebraska. This intends to grease the skids for corporate hog production. A hearing on the bill was held on February 11. We live-tweeted it, so you could be in the know.

Enough is Enough

A bill introduced in the Unicameral, LB 176, would remove restriction on meatpacking corporations owning hogs, as long as the hogs they own are raised by contract growers and not the company.

Although efforts to open the door to packers owning hogs last year were met with stern opposition from family farmers and ranchers, the Center for Rural Affairs, Nebraska Farmers Union and a host of rural and small town Nebraskans, a hauntingly similar bill - LB 176 - has emerged again this year.

Pesticide Use and Depression in Farmers

Organic farming may be as important to the farmers who practice it as to their consumers. Researchers with the National Institute of Health recently completed a landmark, 20-year study of the connection between pesticides and depression in farmers.

According to Dr. Freya Kamel, the study’s lead researcher, scattered reports in the literature about the association between pesticide use and depression led to the desire for further research.

Industrial Poultry and Dairy Operations Slide Under Organic Regulations

Federal organic regulations require that organic poultry and livestock be provided regular access to the outdoors. Dairy cattle and other ruminants must also be provided access to pasture.

Increasingly, massive industrial poultry and dairy facilities are obtaining organic certification. And there’s the rub. It strains all sense of credibility that these industrial confinement operations claim they meet the outdoor and pasture requirements embedded in the nation’s organic laws.


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