Agriculture News

Livestock Groups, PRBRC Support Farm Bill Amendments
Thirty-four livestock, farm and consumer groups in Wyoming from the Powder River Basin Resource Council to the National Farmers Union - recently sent a letter to the U.S. Senate to encourage their support of various amendments to the 2013 Farm Bill....(05/22/13)

Farm and Consumer Groups Protest Animal ID Efforts
Organizations representing family farmers, ranchers, and consumers from across the country are fighting to protect drought-stricken livestock producers from what they call a new costly regulatory program....(09/19/2012)

Animal Disease Traceability Too Expensive, Rural Coalition Says
A coalition led by farmers and ranchers is using a last-minute strategy to stop USDA's new Animal Disease Traceability (ADT) program. The groups involved are using economic grounds - especially the added costs animal that identification will impose on rural America...(6/8/12)

Cowboys Verses Packers This Week-- And We're Not Talking Football
A tiny handful of giant meatpackers and processors have been underpaying and unfairly treating livestock producers for decades. These packers control the livestock markets and their market power harms independent producers and the prosperity of rural communities....(08/25/2010)

Animal ID opponents still seek end to program
A 100-group coalition -- in letters to the U.S. Department of Agriculture and to Congress -- urges that the National Animal Identification System be dissolved completely and that all 100 organizations look forward to working with USDA “…to enhance our nation’s animal disease preparedness in a manner that builds upon our past successes and respects the interests of U.S. livestock producers and consumers.”......(11/23/09)

Struggling to Buy Local and Resist Factory Farming
On Saturday, I attended the annual meeting of the Powder River Basin Resource Council, a conservation and watchdog organization based here in Sheridan. The lunch speaker was Mike Callicrate, an energetic rancher and businessman who’s been an outspoken critic of big agribusiness and factory farming. Callicrate owns Ranch Foods Direct, a Colorado Springs, Colorado meat company that sells his all-natural meats directly to consumers, a feat he can accomplish because he also owns his own processing facility......(11/08/09)

93 Groups to Ag Approps Conference Committee: Eliminate NAIS Funding Altogether
Washington, D.C. – R-CALF USA and 92 other organizations recently joined together to ask members of the Agriculture Appropriations Conference Committee to eliminate completely any and all funding for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) National Animal Identification System (NAIS) by adopting the House version of the 2010 Agriculture Appropriations Bill, which zeroes out any money for NAIS.....(10/03/09)