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Restriction on Corporate Farming Rejected

On April 1, 2008, the Nebraska legislature killed LB 1174, the proposal to restrict corporate farming in Nebraska. On a vote of 27 opposed to 20 in support the legislature rejected the committee amendment that addressed opponent's concerns about the legislation by allowing unrelated farmers to form farm corporations. LB 1174 itself was withdrawn from debate after the amendment failed.

Beginning Farmers and the Farm Bill

The beginning farmer and rancher provisions we are fighting to secure in the final farm bill would provide training, mentoring, and land-linking services to help link retiring and beginning farmers and ranchers, as well as a matched savings account program.

Corporate Farming Notes

Brazilian firm plunges into U.S. meatpacking and cattle feeding ventures; California beef recall the largest in history

On March 4, JBS-S.A. of Sao Paulo, Brazil embarked on a beef packing acquisition binge. That day JBS announced its intention to purchase National Beef Company of Kansas City, America’s fourth largest beef packer. The next day, JBS announced its acquisition of Smithfield Beef Group.

Beginning Farmer Resources Part 3

Q. How do I find land to farm or ranch? Competition for land is fierce, and it’s so expensive.

A. The biggest hurdles for beginners are land and financing (often the same thing).

Rural Food Security

The Community Food Security Coalition is hosting its 2008 conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 4-8. The conference title is “Restoring Our Urban and Rural Communities with Healthy Food.” The conference boasts a wide ranging audience with farmers, policy makers, community activists, and others in attendance.

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