If there was any hope that Secretary Perdue and this administration would stand up for small- and medium-sized family farmers and the rural communities they support, that has been dashed now.
NFFC member organization RAFI-USA offers in-depth analysis of the situation in which many contract poultry growers find themselves today. Sally Lee’s recent blog states: “In 2015, people consumed 112,000,000 metric tons of chicken globally. That’s an unfathomable quantity. So here’s one way to visualize it: That amounts [to] the weight of two-thirds of all the[…]
The Washington Post’s Robert Ferdman wrote this article on the consolidation in the meat industry and the resulting illusion of choice consumers have in the grocery store. It appeared in last week’s online Wonkblog and in this Sunday’s business section. Ferdman quotes Chris Leonard, draws comparisons with the soda industry, and examines some of the[…]
Please watch the House Appropriations debates last week over Representative Kaptur’s amendments to strike language from the GIPSA rider. Current language prevents the GIPSA administration from protecting farmers and ranchers against retaliation, anti-competitive practices, and abusive contracts. Unfortunately, both amendments were voted down in recorded votes. We will continue our efforts to take this language[…]
One hundred sixty eight organizations across the country signed onto a letter asking the House Appropriations Committee to oppose policy riders that inhibit GIPSA’s regulation and implementation authority. Please read the House anti-GIPSA rider letter here.
As Spring has finally arrived, so has our latest Newsletter. Here is a printer-friendly B&W version. Here is the full color version. Happy Reading!
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[…]
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[…]
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[…]
Read NFFC’s President Ben Burkett Review of 2014 Farm Bill