NFFC Joining Iowa CCI, Allies at Food & Ag Justice Summit

Posted by on Feb 18, 2015 in Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/politics/2015/02/17/iowa-cci-ag-summit-protest-caucus/23551491/ The liberal advocacy group Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement will hold two days of counter-programming to next month’s Iowa Ag Summit featuring several potential Republican presidential candidates. The group on Tuesday announced a “Food & Ag Justice Summit” timed for the same weekend, with a “people and...

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My Imaginary CAFO

Posted by on Feb 17, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

If you can’t lick ‘em, join ‘em, the old saying goes. So I’ve decided to stop fighting and just build a Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) of my own. I’ve figured out the costs and … it’s as good as owning an NFL team, but without most of the head injuries… like the proverbial Cash Cow… only you don’t need a pasture! Here’s how you, too, can be a CAFO owner… in an...

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U.S Organic Dairy Politics by Bruce Scholten

Posted by on Jan 20, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

U.S Organic Dairy Politics: Animals, Pasture, People and Agribusiness January 13th, 2015 Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan– a division of St. Martin’s Press (in the US) A review by Jim Goodman Bruce Scholten’s in-depth and thoughtful analysis of U.S. organic dairy politics begins with his own memories of growing up on a Washington State dairy farm. From what was common in his childhood, small dairy farms operated by multi-generational family...

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The World Doesn’t Want us to Feed Them– That Should be Part of Our National Food Policy

Posted by on Nov 19, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

I have wanted to comment on a couple of recent articles that have taken the issue of “feeding the world” and “a national food policy” up a notch– well there is no national food policy, and perhaps it is time there is one. Many supporters of local food production were glad to see these topics put in print in the New York Times and Washington Post. I agree, food is something everyone deals with everyday, many without thinking about...

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To Agribusiness, Small Farms are Irrelevant

Posted by on Nov 3, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

I had a list of things I needed to get for the farm (I didn’t care where I found them, Farm & Fleet, the Co-op whoever might have them) a feed scoop, a barn broom, a couple of neck straps for the cows, small things, but necessary. I stopped at a big hardware store last Saturday on the way home from the Farmers Market. They used to cater to small farmers — no more, unless you have only horses or pets. I found two of the ten or so...

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Rural Repression: The Cruel Insanity of Obama’s Agriculture Export Plan

Posted by on Oct 31, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

by HEATHER GRAY Counterpunch article from February, 2010. When President Barrack Obama stated in his recent State of the Union address that one avenue to advance the economy was to increase U.S. agricultural exports, I cringed.  Right out of Milton Friedman, export agriculture is the neo-liberal free market capitalist approach to agriculture that, if anything, has been successful in destroying family farmers. Obama’s announcement was yet...

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