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  • North Dakota ballot measure pits family vs. corporate farms

    05/30/2016 4:58:38 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 30, 2016 10:27 AM EDT | Blake Nicholson
    North Dakota’s hog and dairy industries are hoping voters will bless state lawmakers’ decision to allow non-family corporations to own operations, but it could be a tough sell in a state that has safeguarded its family farming heritage for nearly a century. Up for vote in the June 14 election is whether to uphold the 2015 Legislature’s move to loosen North Dakota’s corporate farming ban, which has tried to keep crop and pasture in the hands of small-operation farmers and away from large out-of-state businesses that some believe might have little regard for the land. “Family farming agriculture has delivered...
  • US Farmers Expected to See 32 Percent Drop in Income in 2015

    02/11/2015 5:33:15 AM PST · by bestintxas · 42 replies
    newsmax ^ | 2/11/15
    Net income for farmers is expected to fall by nearly 32 percent this year as corn and soybean prices remain low and expenses creep higher, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in a report. While some farmers renting land at higher prices will find it an unprofitable year, the statistics are not as dire as they may sound for farmers in general, since just two years ago income was at a record high, farm economists said. "It's neither happy times nor is the sky falling in terms of agriculture incomes," said Scott Irwin, an agricultural economist at the University of...
  • Big Corporations Have An OVERWHELMING Amount Of Power Over Our Food Supply

    07/20/2014 11:26:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 182 replies
    theeconomiccollapseblog ^ | July 14, 2014 | Michael Snyder
    From our fields to our forks, huge corporations have an overwhelming amount of power over our food supply every step of the way. Right now there are more than 313 million people living in the United States, and the job of feeding all of those people is almost entirely in the hands of just a few dozen monolithic companies. If you do not like how our food is produced or you don't believe that it is healthy enough, it isn't very hard to figure out who is to blame. These mammoth corporations are not in business to look out for...
  • Garlic Cured What Was Ailing Former City Slickers

    08/24/2013 3:16:23 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    York Dispatch ^ | 08/24/2013 | Kevin Lorenzi
    Ron Stidmon sells more than 20 varieties of garlic and grows about 40 on the Darlington Township farm he purchased with his wife, Rosemary, in 2003. They left behind white-collar jobs and a condo in New York after re-evaluating their priorities. Ron worked as an executive coach and consultant. Rosemary was a manager in the securities division of JPMorgan. The decision was prompted in part by the terrorist attacks of 9/11. Ron lost one of his best friends that day. In Cleveland for a business venture at the time, he had trouble getting in touch with Rosemary and had to...
  • Farm bill follies: 80% of $955B for funding of food stamps

    06/06/2013 3:51:03 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 14 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 6 Jun 13 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    Almost 80 percent of the Senate’s proposed farm bill — a $955 billion measure — will be used to pay for food stamps in the coming decade. “The trillion-dollar farm and food stamp bill should not be called the ‘Farm Bill,” said Heritage Action for America CEO Michael Needham, to Breitbart. “Washington doesn’t want Americans to know that 80 percent of the spending in the bill goes to fund Obama’s big-government, food stamp agenda.” As for the remaining 20 percent? That goes for price supports for farmers — an “equally disturbing” federal disbursement, Mr. Needham said, in the Breitbart report....
  • 526,421 family farms threatened by new death tax

    12/11/2012 6:29:48 PM PST · by george76 · 48 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | December 11, 2012 | | Paul Bedard
    New legislation that jumps the death tax to 55 percent of estates exceeding $1 million threatens 526,421 family farms, of about 25 percent of all farms in America. ... Farm values are largely tied up in non-liquid assets like land, buildings, and livestock. Many farm and ranch families would be forced to sell their assets to satisfy Washington Democrats' insatiable appetite for tax money. Up to 24 percent of America's farm and ranch families could be forced to hand over a large chunk of their heritage to the Internal Revenue Service when a family member dies. This would economically devastate...
  • Anger as US inspectors target Swiss chocolate

    09/08/2012 3:00:42 PM PDT · by george76 · 64 replies
    The Local Europe AB ^ | 07 Sep 2012 | Malcolm Curtis
    Because of the importance of the US market, chocolate manufacturers in Switzerland are submitting to Uncle Sam’s intrusion in their factories but they are not happy about it. “The fact that a foreign authority is involved in our Swiss businesses is unseemly,” Daniel Bloch, of Chocolats Camille Bloch, told Handelszeitung, the German-language business journal. The newspaper has discovered that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) plans to inspect 21 chocolate factories and 18 dairies in Switzerland. The move is part of the implementation of America’s Food Safety Modernization Act, new legislation signed into law by President Barack Obama last...
  • Felon Farmers? Law Criminalizes Legitimate Businesses

    09/06/2012 6:05:00 AM PDT · by CaptainKrunch · 45 replies
    CBN ^ | September 03, 2012 | Paul Strand
    MIDDLETON, Md. -- With at least 4,500 federal laws existing today, some of the most unlikely people are finding themselves charged with crimes and breaking laws they didn't know existed.Such is the case of two Maryland farm families who ran afoul of the "Bank Secrecy Act," which farmer Randy Sowers told CBN News he'd never heard of.Sowers has been farming in the mid-region of Maryland for decades."I've been doing this for 31 years and I've put in most days 18 hours or more," he said.Sowers decided to buck the trend of most farms these days and not work for a...
  • Farmers fear their hard work may be destroyed

    08/18/2012 4:44:06 PM PDT · by SteelToe · 23 replies
    The World ^ | August 18, 2012 | Daniel Simmons-Ritchie
    Years worth of work could be washed away upon approval of a proposal to flood the wetland WINTER LAKE — Every resident learns to live with the flood. Each year, with cruel seasonality, this peat-land is transformed into a 1,700-acre soup. But this year, emotions have piqued over a different deluge. Next year, earthworks are slated to begin on a $3.5 million project to restore 400 acres of pasture to wetland. Sarah Crawford, an organic farmer on Garden Valley Road, worries that new body of water will radically alter the valley's water table. 'That would ruin us," Crawford said. 'That...
  • On Death Tax, the U.S. Is Worse than Greece, Worse than France, and Even Worse than Venezuela

    07/30/2012 7:23:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies ^ | July 30, 2012 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Considering that every economic theory agrees that living standards and worker compensation are closely correlated with the amount of capital in an economy (this picture is a compelling illustration of the relationship), one would think that politicians – particularly those who say they want to improve wages – would be very anxious not to create tax penalties on saving and investment. Yet the United States imposes very harsh tax burdens on capital formation, largely thanks to multiple layers of tax on income that is saved and invested.But we compound the damage with very high tax rates, including the highest corporate...
  • Labor Department statement on withdrawal of proposed rule...update.

    04/27/2012 8:10:02 AM PDT · by yoe · 10 replies
    United States Dept of Labor ^ | April 26, 2012 | Gov.
    WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Labor today issued the following statement regarding the withdrawal of a proposed rule dealing with children who work in agricultural vocations: "The Obama administration is firmly committed to promoting family farmers and respecting the rural way of life, especially the role that parents and other family members play in passing those traditions down through the generations. The Obama administration is also deeply committed to listening and responding to what Americans across the country have to say about proposed rules and regulations. "As a result, the Department of Labor is announcing today the withdrawal of...
  • Obama’s Attacks on the Family Farm Come Straight From Marxist Handbook

    04/26/2012 8:09:49 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 52 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | April 26,2012 | Jim Hoft
    Barack Obama is attacking the family farm – an American tradition. The administration’s Department of Labor implemented new regulations to restrict children from working on the family farm. This is despite the fact that farm accidents and injuries have decreased over the past several years. For generations children and adults have worked together on the family farm. Those days are over. Senators John Thune (R-S.D.) and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) introduced the Preserving America’s Family Farm Act, to prevent the Department of Labor (DOL) from enacting its controversial proposed restrictions that would ban children from working on family farms. Recently, Senator...
  • Taking Liberties: Local farms in fight to stop growing regulation

    04/26/2012 11:34:12 AM PDT · by redreno · 23 replies
    Foxnews ^ | Published April 26, 2012 | By Douglas Kennedy
    Marlene Stasinos believes the best food is local food. “It’s more healthy. It’s less processed,” she says as she walks from her farm stand toward her home in Haverhill, Mass. “It’s just better for you when you eat it.” Stasinos’ family has been farming in and around Haverhill for three generations, but she says backyard farming is under attack.
  • Washington Elitists Want To Take Over The Family Farm

    04/26/2012 4:26:47 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 36 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | April 26, 2012
    Regulation: For centuries, children have played an indispensable role in family farms. Their efforts have been and still are often essential to survival. But the nanny state wants to outlaw their contributions. What do the Labor Department bureaucrats in urban, elitist Washington who are writing the rule that would prohibit children under 18 from working on farms know about farm culture? How familiar are they with agricultural society and its age-old traditions and its timeless demands? Who are they to interfere with a way of life that has been the backbone of America? None of that matters to the busybodies...
  • Labor dept. backs off rule to limit farm work by kids

    04/26/2012 6:04:27 PM PDT · by prairiebreeze · 112 replies
    MN Public Radio ^ | Jon Collins, Minnesota Public Radio
    The U.S. Department of Labor is withdrawing a rule that would have limited the sorts of work that children can do on farms.
  • Labor Dept. withdraws farm child labor rule one day after Daily Caller report goes viral

    04/26/2012 6:06:03 PM PDT · by Nachum · 81 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 4/26/12 | Paul Conner
    Under pressure from farming advocates in rural communities, and following a report by The Daily Caller, the Obama administration withdrew a proposed rule Thursday that would have applied child labor laws to family farms. Critics complained that the regulation would have drastically changed the extent to which children could work on farms owned by family members. The U.S. Department of Labor cited public outcry as the reason for withdrawing the rule. “The decision to withdraw this rule — including provisions to define the ‘parental exemption’ — was made in response to thousands of comments expressing concerns about the effect of...
  • DNR to Kill Hogs and Small Family Farm Incomes

    03/29/2012 2:26:15 PM PDT · by stillafreemind · 35 replies
    Yahoo ^ | Sherry Tomfeld
    The ISO to be imposed on April 1 considers all but eight breeds of hogs to be feral. Those eight breeds are used in confinement buildings. That means the DNR can drive onto farms and homesteads that raise other breeds of swine and kill them on the spot.
  • More Obama Regulations….This Time Attacking American Farmers

    03/22/2012 9:14:07 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 30 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 03-22-12 | Curt
    “If the federal government can regulate the relationshipbetween parents and their children on their own family’sfarm there is virtually nothing off limits” - Senator Jerry Moran Just when I thought Obama's big government couldn't get more intrusive we have this: (h/t Gateway Pundit and Allen Wall) The U.S. Department of Labor is proposing revisions to child labor regulations that will strengthen the safety requirements for young workers employed in agriculture and related fields. The agricultural hazardous occupations orders under the Fair Labor Standards Act that bar young workers from certain tasks have not been updated since they were promulgated in...
  • Obama’s Outrageous DOL Rules Will Restrict Minors From Working on Family Farms – Killing Farm Life

    03/21/2012 9:40:19 PM PDT · by george76 · 113 replies
    gateway ^ | March 21, 2012, | Jim Hoft
    Barack Obama is committed to killing off the family farm – an American tradition. For generations children and adults have worked together on the family farm. Those days are over. Senators John Thune (R-S.D.) and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) today introduced the Preserving America’s Family Farm Act, to prevent the Department of Labor (DOL) from enacting its controversial proposed restrictions that would ban children from working on family farms. Senator Thune spoke out against the Obama Administration’s proposed labor rules for youth who work on farms and ranches on the Senate floor. The Obama Administration’s rules are so strict they would...
  • Marxists gang up on Old MacDonald’s Farm

    03/17/2012 1:43:48 PM PDT · by opentalk · 30 replies
    Canada Freepress ^ | March 16, 2012 | Judi McLeod
    Old MacDonald had a farm. Until the Marxists stepped in, that is. With the American dream of the Constitutional Republic fast fading from view, the family farm is next on the Obama regime’s ever expanding hit list. ...The agenda to wipe out the family farm is being set by a deadly duo, George Soros, who is buying up farmland like some folks buy Black Friday goodies, and the Communist-cheered Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. We the People can count on food being the new frontier for takeover by control seeking Marxists frontier for takeover by control seeking Marxists installed...
  • Obama’s Labor Department Looks To Take The ‘Family’ Out of Family Farms

    11/30/2011 2:12:49 PM PST · by IbJensen · 19 replies · 1+ views
    Red State ^ | 11/29/2011 | Labor Union Report Staff
    Let’s establish this right out of the gate so as not to confuse issues: It is wrong when corporations use child labor. Forgetting the law for a moment, whether it is here in the U.S. or overseas, children are children, and corporations should not exploit children. Got it? With that said, this is not about corporations, this is about families and farms. More specifically, family farms and the overreach of the federal government. For centuries, even before there was Willie Nelson and FarmAid, farming throughout the world (including here in the United States) has largely been a family affair. That...
  • NFU Says Farm Equipment Should be Exempt from CDL Requirements

    08/02/2011 6:55:24 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 15 replies
    Hoosier Ag Today ^ | July 29th
    National Farmers Union (NFU) submitted comments to Thomas Yager of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) about a possible reinterpretation of the Motor Carrier Act of 1935, the Motor Carrier Safety Act of 1984, and the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1986. The FMCSA is exploring the possibility of categorizing "implements of husbandry and other farm equipment" as commercial motor vehicles, thus requiring a commercial driver's license (CDL) to operate. "Most farmers have little, if any, control or knowledge of the final destination of the commodities they produce," said NFU President Roger Johnson. "As such, it is inappropriate...
  • Agenda 21 Update: Family Farms Are Under Attack

    07/31/2011 5:27:24 PM PDT · by Nachum · 61 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 7/31/11 | Mike Opelka
    Is the US government starting to implement the policies of the United Nation’s plan for global management of people and resources known as Agenda 21? The latest efforts out of the Department of Transportation (DOT) seem to indicate this is happening. And they are starting by targeting America’s farming communities with costly and oppressive regulations. In Late May, the DOT proposed a rule change for farm equipment, and if it this allowed to take effect, it will place significant regulatory pressure on small farms and family farms all across America – costing them thousands of dollars and possibly forcing many...
  • After 378 years, NH family farm goes up for sale

    08/02/2010 11:18:52 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 3 replies · 1+ views
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 08/01/2010 | By KATHY McCORMACK
    DOVER, N.H. – In 1632, John Tuttle arrived from England to a settlement near the Maine-New Hampshire border, using a small land grant from King Charles I to start a farm. Eleven generations and 378 years later, his field-weary descendants — arthritic from picking fruits and vegetables and battered by competition from supermarkets and pick-it-yourself farms — are selling their spread, which is among the oldest continuously operated family farms in America.
  • Democrats' war on home business

    12/06/2009 10:34:13 PM PST · by neverdem · 9 replies · 1,098+ views
    American Thinker ^ | December 07, 2009 | Bruce Walker
    The House of Representatives on December 3rd passed House Resolution 4154, which is deceptively called the "Permanent Estate Tax Relief Act."  This bill is part of the general war by the Democratic Party on self-employed Americans, family farms, and home businesses.  Does this sound extreme?  Consider the vote on the message:  225 Democrats in the House voted for HR 4154 and 26 Democrats voted against it; not a single Republican voted for HR 4154.  No RINOs could be persuaded to support Congressman Pomeroy's attempt to freeze the estate tax emption level at $3.5 Million and then tax all estate assets...
  • Maintaining working farms becoming too expensive for many local farmers

    03/31/2005 9:38:54 AM PST · by Willie Green · 17 replies · 588+ views
    The Digital Collegian (Penn State) ^ | Thursday, March 31, 2005 | Natalie Inger
    For education and discussion only. Not for commercial use. Rural Centre County is slowly losing farmland as owners continue to sell acres of their land to developers. "Just in Centre County alone we're probably losing two acres a day to development -- which is a significant number," said Norm Lathbury, coordinator of the Centre County Agricultural Land Preservation Program and executive director of the Centre County Farmland Trust. Lathbury said that many county farmers are selling their land because it is becoming too expensive to maintain. Local farmer Cecil Irvin said he works hard to preserve his farmland. "We are...
  • Free Trade Floods US With Imported Food

    08/21/2003 2:39:37 PM PDT · by Willie Green · 67 replies · 1,275+ views
    For education and discussion only. Not for commercial use. To most American farmers and ranchers, free trade is like motherhood, apple pie and John Deere green: it's an unquestioned core belief of the farming faith. A July report from the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture's Economic Research Service (ERS), however, relates that freer ag trade over the last 20 years has allowed imported food--especially imported red meat, fruits and vegetables--to claim a larger share of the American stomach. The big picture, according to Andy Jerardo, the report's author, shows the average share of food imports consumed by Americans has climbed from...
  • The Beginning of the End for Farm Subsidies?

    04/17/2003 10:34:06 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 53 replies · 919+ views
    The Hudson Institute - American Outlook Today ^ | April 17, 2003 | Dennis T. Avery
    For education and discussion only. Not for commercial use.U.S. farmers had better prepare for major changes in their nearly new farm subsidies. The agricultural chairman of the World Trade Organization (WTO) recently made the first international attempt in a decade to rewrite the world´s farm subsidy rules—and it would radically cut farm subsidies for both U.S. and European farmers. However, the new rules drafted by Stuart Harbinson of Hong Kong would also sharply increase U.S. farmers´ opportunities for exports to Asian cities full of people with rising incomes and a desire for better diets. According to Feedstuffs magazine, Harbinson´s new...
  • Iowa's New Factory Farm Rules Criticized

    02/14/2003 9:59:06 AM PST · by Willie Green · 28 replies · 205+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | FEBRUARY 14, 2003 | AMY LORENTZEN
    For education and discussion only. Not for commercial use. DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Some environmentalists are criticizing Iowa's attempt to develop uniform rules for approving or rejecting large farm operations, saying the rules are too lax compared to those in other states. The rules — known as the ``master matrix'' — leave the door wide open to businesses that would raise thousands of hogs or millions of chickens under one roof, critics say. ``They don't have to take seriously local concerns,'' said Susan Heathcote, research director for the Iowa Environmental Council. ``The local folks don't have the right to...