USDA releases Agriculture census – Civil Eats and NFFC respond

Last Thursday, the USDA released its preliminary data from the 2012 Agriculture Census. To us here at NFFC, the census numbers were misleading and not reflective of the economic situation for small-scale independent farmers. Civil Eats, an online news source that focuses on all things food, interviewed Kathy for their story on the USDA’s data.[…]

Worried about New Herbicide-Resistant Seeds? Submit comments to USDA by 2/24!

The USDA is currently soliciting comments regarding the status of currently non-regulated herbicide resistant corn and soybeans as well as the issue of “coexistence” and the AC21 report. Please submit your own comments to the USDA! Here are our Sample comments on herbicide resistant seeds and AC21

Chicken Tournament Payment system exposé on NPR

This morning, NPR aired yet another story regarding the chicken industry and poultry contract issues. Dan Charles went down to North Carolina and interviewed chicken farmers including Benny Bunting of RAFI! Bunting discussed the tournament payment system and the financial gamble binding farmers and poultry contracts with industry giants like Perdue and Tyson. Please read[…]

The Meat Racket on NPR!

With the arrival of Chris Leonard’s book, The Meat Racket, NPR aired their recent interview with him during today’s Morning Edition. Read the story or listen here. For those of you in the DC area, Chris will be speaking tonight from 6-7:30pm at the Arizona State Washington Center and Sunday at Politics & Prose at[…]

“Meat” the author: NFFC talks with Chris Leonard about his new book “The Meat Racket”

This past weekend, we opened our Winter Meeting with Christopher Leonard and a discussion about his upcoming book, The Meat Racket: The Secret Takeover of America’s Food Business. Leonard, a former AP agribusiness reporter, discussed what he learned about the meat industry and the struggles of livestock growers in the business. It was an honor[…]