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  • Farm bill fails in House, amid conservative uprising over immigration

    05/18/2018 11:04:02 AM PDT · by xzins · 53 replies
    Fox ^ | 18 May 18 | Chad Pergam
    GOP seeks farm bill support amid immigration debate House Freedom Caucus members are trying to flex some muscle on immigration in exchange for support on the farm bill; A sprawling and subsidy-packed farm bill that also would have tightened food stamp rules failed in the House on Friday, in a dramatic defeat for GOP leaders who faced an uprising from conservatives over inaction on immigration. The farm bill, which was voted down 213-198, had been hanging in the balance as the conservative House Freedom Caucus threatened to withhold support without an agreement on an immigration bill vote. The GOP leadership,...
  • Jury awards hog farm neighbors $50 million (environmental racism?)

    05/05/2018 5:50:44 PM PDT · by Libloather · 60 replies
    News & Observer ^ | 4/27/18 | ANNE BLYTHE
    A North Carolina jury awarded $50 million to neighbors of a 15,000-hog farm in Eastern North Carolina in a case being closely watched across the country by environmentalists and the hog farm industry. The verdict, revealed late Thursday after a jury deliberated less than two days, is the first to come in a series of federal lawsuits filed against Murphy-Brown/Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest pork producer. In this case decided in a federal courtroom in Raleigh, 10 neighbors contended that industrial-scale hog operations have known for decades that the open-air sewage pits on their properties were the source of noxious,...
  • Dairy Farmer Sues FDA for the Right to Label His Skim Milk as “Skim Milk”

    04/12/2018 1:42:32 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 36 replies
    modernfarmer.com ^ | April 10, 2018 | By Dan Nosowitz
    If we had an actual, physical folder of evidence that the food labeling system in the United States is broken, it'd be full to bursting. And we'd be adding "skim milk????" to the list right about now. Maryland dairy farmers Randy and Karen Sowers are, with the help of the Institute for Justice (a non-profit libertarian-leaning law firm), suing the Food and Drug Administration for essentially doubling down on a very silly law. The gist: South Mountain Creamery, the dairy producer owned by the Sowerses, want to sell milk without the addition of any synthetic chemicals. To do this, they...
  • Does Orwell's "Animal Farm" fit today?

    12/29/2017 7:10:39 AM PST · by tired&retired · 40 replies
    Vanity | Vanity
    Be interesting to reread Orwell's "Animal Farm" based on Joseph Stalin's betrayal of the Russian Revolution and fit today's political players into the book's characters. It is about a group of animals who rebel against the humans who run the farm they live on and run it themselves with hopes of being equal, free, and happy. In the end, however, the new rule becomes a cruel tyranny of its own led by the pigs.PigsOld Major – A prize-winning pig. He is the one who inspires all the animals to rebel against the humans. The character is based on Karl Marx...
  • ‘CRISPR’ Bacon? Scientists Create Low-Fat Pigs [China]

    10/24/2017 1:24:17 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 42 replies
    CBS - Pittsburgh ^ | 10/24/2017 | Staff
    For people who love bacon but hate everything it does to their diet, scientists in China may have created a way to have your pig and eat it too. A team of researchers have genetically altered pigs to carry nearly 24 percent less body fat. Using the CRISPR-Cas 9 gene editing technique, the team reportedly modified a group of pigs which gave birth to much leaner piglets. The experiment, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), is looking to make pigs less susceptible to the cold. Scientists noted that modern pigs, especially younger ones, lack the ability...
  • Beauty product leader Amway big loser in tax-code rewrite

    10/20/2017 8:44:54 PM PDT · by sparklite2 · 18 replies
    New York Post ^ | October 20, 2017 | By Josh Kosman
    A rider limiting regulatory oversight of Amway and other multi-level marketers that was originally attached to a budget resolution was removed from the resolution prior to a Senate vote on the resolution, The Post has learned. Specifically, the rider curbs the ability of the Federal Trade Commission to investigate whether MLMs like Amway are pyramid schemes — potentially protecting Amway from costly regulations that have recently ensnared fellow MLMer Herbalife.
  • Farmland Partners Announces $110 Million Acquisition Of California Farmland

    09/22/2017 2:00:41 PM PDT · by ptsal · 20 replies
    CISION PR Newswire ^ | Sept. 22, 2017 | Farmland Partners
    Farmland Partners Inc. (NYSE: FPI) ("FPI") announced today that it has entered into agreements to acquire from Olam International Limited ("Olam") approximately 5,100 acres of permanent crop farmland in California for a purchase price of $110 million. The properties are located in California's Central Valley and are dedicated to the production of almonds, pistachios and walnuts. At closing of the acquisition, FPI will enter into a 25-year triple-net lease agreement with Olam on a revenue share basis. During the term of the agreement, Olam will operate and maintain the properties and improvements. Closing is subject to customary conditions.
  • Tilapia . . . 'nuf said.

    07/16/2017 3:45:17 PM PDT · by Macoozie · 103 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 09, 2014 | Sky McCarthy
    A 2009 study conducted by the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture cited some alarming facts about Chinese farm-raised seafood.
  • Why American Farmers Are Hacking Their Tractors With Ukrainian Firmware

    03/22/2017 1:08:15 PM PDT · by Rebelbase · 128 replies
    Motherboard ^ | 3/21/17 | JASON KOEBLER
    To avoid the draconian locks that John Deere puts on the tractors they buy, farmers throughout America's heartland have started hacking their equipment with firmware that's cracked in Eastern Europe and traded on invite-only, paid online forums. Tractor hacking is growing increasingly popular because John Deere and other manufacturers have made it impossible to perform "unauthorized" repair on farm equipment, which farmers see as an attack on their sovereignty and quite possibly an existential threat to their livelihood if their tractor breaks at an inopportune time. "When crunch time comes and we break down, chances are we don't have time...
  • Venezuela has a new 'forced labor' law that can require people to work in field

    07/31/2016 4:35:50 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 96 replies
    Vice.com ^ | July 28, 2016
    Socialism is just great, isn’t it? Venezuela has been having a major food crisis for months and now might force its own people to do farm labor.   Vice News reported:Venezuela has a new ‘forced labor’ law that can require people to work in fieldsInternational human rights activists are complaining that new laws have introduced forced labour in Venezuela.   “A new decree establishing that any employee in Venezuela can be effectively made to work in the country’s fields as a way to fight the current food crisis is unlawful and effectively amounts to forced labor,” Amnesty International said in...
  • Officials: Man held in Oregon farm shooting deported 6 times

    07/01/2016 6:38:21 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 56 replies
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/1/16 | Gillian Flaccus - AP
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Mexican national charged with aggravated murder in the shooting deaths of three people at a rural Oregon blueberry farm had been deported six times, most recently in 2013, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Bonifacio Oseguera-Gonzalez, 29, has no significant prior criminal convictions, but ICE asked Oregon authorities to turn him over to them if he's released from custody in the current case, the agency said in a statement to The Associated Press on Friday. Oseguera-Gonzalez pleaded not guilty to three counts of aggravated murder and one count of attempted murder Tuesday in Marion...
  • Hundreds of chickens, dozens of pigs, rabbits found dead on Sauk County farm

    05/18/2016 11:04:41 AM PDT · by Ellendra · 6 replies
    Channel 3000 ^ | 5-17-16
    TOWN OF WESTFIELD, Wis. - A Sauk County man and woman face multiple charges in connection with the death of hundreds of farm animals discovered in early March, the sheriff’s office said. A criminal complaint filed in Sauk County court Monday said 22-year-old Ashley Grage is facing 14 counts of mistreatment of animals in connection with the deaths of several hundred chickens, about 40 pigs and several dozen rabbits on a farm where she lived with her boyfriend. According to the complaint, Grage had been living with 27-year-old Bradley Kruse on a farm at S7004 Highway 23 where the animals...
  • Group plans protest at Benner's Farm (NY) to save beloved cow (the bad farmer wants to eat his Moo)

    04/12/2016 5:43:10 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 60 replies
    Fios1 News ^ | April 7, 2016 | Katie Moriarty
    East Setauket [Long Island, NY] farmer, Bob Benner and his family have learned to live off their 15 acres of land since 1977. "We learned, made, and had our own heat. We made our own food. We made our own clothing. We raised a garden," he said. With six mouths to feed on a tight budget, Benner began raising certain farm animals as a source of food. Over the years, Benner's farm has evolved into a popular attraction for strawberry picking, birthday parties, and class trips for kids. Which is how Kimberly Sherriton, a mother from Commack, got involved with...
  • That time when Donald Trump saved a Georgia farm

    12/27/2015 9:54:29 AM PST · by GilGil · 82 replies
    AJC.com ^ | 12/26/2015 | Jim Galloway
    Trump has been a man of last resort before. Right here in Georgia, in fact. And if his Republican presidential machine doesn’t seize upon the tale in the next few weeks, as he and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas battle for Southern votes, then someone in the Trump campaign will be guilty of gross incompetence. It happened in 1986, in the midst of the worst farm crisis since the Great Depression. In Burke County, on Georgia’s eastern border, farm after farm was folding... Trump told the Atlanta businessman that his wife, Ivana, had seen the report on the Hill...
  • Milano cookie battle: Pepperidge Farm sues Trader Joe’s over copyright infringement

    12/07/2015 10:37:34 AM PST · by servo1969 · 28 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | 12-7-2015 | Foxnews.com
    Pepperidge Farm is suing Trader Joe's for infringing on the trademark of its popular Milano cookie. According to a complaint filed on Wednesday in New Haven, Connecticut federal court, the grocery chain's version of a sandwich cookie, called Trader Joe's Crispy Cookies, look too similar to the Milano cookie and the products' sale is "damaging its goodwill and confusing shoppers," reports Reuters. Milano cookies, which were first introduced to the market in 1956, are crispy oval-shaped vanilla cookies with a chocolate crème filling. Over the years, variations have been introduced, including mint chocolate, orange chocolate and even pumpkin spice. The...
  • Donald Trump Once Saved A Woman’s Farm From Foreclosure ["God touched his heart"]

    08/22/2015 8:38:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    BuzzFeed News ^ | 08/22/2015 | Andrew Kaczynski, Mark Arce
    It was September 1986, and Annabel Hill, 66, was facing an auction where she would lose the farm that had been in her family for five generations. Hill’s husband, Lenard, had committed suicide eight months earlier, 20 minutes before a scheduled auction, in a last-ditch attempt to save his property with life insurance money. The life insurance money wasn’t enough, covering only $175,000 of debts than ran in excess of $300,000, from two years of a drought that Hill said had ruined their livelihood. Even when several hundred acres of the 1,300-acre Waynesboro, Georgia, farm were sold, the now-widowed Annabel...
  • Dairy farmer fighting feds after IRS milks him for $30,000

    08/14/2015 11:42:45 AM PDT · by Rodamala · 35 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 14, 2015 | Leland Vittert
    Randy Sowers built his dairy farm over three decades into a thriving business. After kick-starting with a $100,000 loan, today the South Mountain Creamery has 1,000 cows and 70 employees delivering milk, ice cream and other products to homes in the Washington, D.C., area.
  • ‘Switch to that unicorn power’: Obama to announce major escalation of ‘war on energy’

    08/02/2015 10:01:12 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 39 replies
    Twitchy.com ^ | 08/02/2015 | Twitchy Staff
    Hope you like increasing prices, everyone! #ForTheMiddleClass https://twitter.com/WSJPolitics/status/627796768328183808 … It’s not like Americans weren’t warned. All in the name of fighting “climate change,” of course. Has that ever really been a barrier for this administration?
  • The Colossal Hoax Of Organic Agriculture

    07/29/2015 8:36:45 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 30 replies
    Forbes.com ^ | 7/29/2015 | Henry I. Miller and Drew L. Kershen
    Organic agriculture is an unscientific, heavily subsidized marketing gimmick that misleads and rips off consumers. The federal government should stop promoting and subsidizing it. Consumers of organic foods are getting both more and less than they bargained for. On both counts, it’s not good. Many people who pay the huge premium—often more than a hundred percent–for organic foods do so because they’re afraid of pesticides. If that’s their rationale, they misunderstand the nuances of organic agriculture. Although it’s true that synthetic chemical pesticides are generally prohibited, there is a lengthy list of exceptions listed in the Organic Foods Production Act,...
  • 21st Century Crop Dusting: FAA Approves Large Drone Use On Farms

    06/22/2015 6:52:54 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 39 replies
    CBS SF Bay Area ^ | 5/5/2015 | Staff
    FRESNO (CBS/AP) — A drone large enough to carry tanks of fertilizers and pesticides has won rare approval from federal authorities to spray crops in the United States. Steve Markofski of Yamaha Corp. U.S.A. said Tuesday that the Federal Aviation Administration’s approval is a first. He says drones are already used to take pictures to help farmers identify unhealthy patches of crops, but this is the first time they’ll be able to carry a payload. Markofski says Yamaha’s 207-pound (94-kilogram) RMAX looks like a small helicopter and is remotely piloted. It received FAA approval Friday. Markofski says farmers in Japan...