In Wisconsin, Farmers Fight Effort to Weaken Cooperatives; GIPSA Rules Killed by USDA

Posted Leah Douglas Leah Douglas, Newsletter

Photo from chefranden on Flickr.  In Wisconsin, some of the state’s biggest agricultural cooperatives want to weaken farmers’ control over their own cooperatives. Farmers in the state argue that the changes–in the form of amendments to the state agricultural laws–are simply meant to enhance the power of larger-scale cooperatives, and stray from the true intent and […]

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Big Beef Seeks to Expand its Tax on Oklahoma Ranchers​

Posted Leah Douglas Beef, Leah Douglas, Newsletter

Photo from oskarlin on Flickr.  Big Ag is back on the offensive in Oklahoma, less than a year after voters defeated a bill that would have stripped the state’s residents of their ability to regulate corporate farming. The Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association wants ranchers to pay an additional $1 tax per head of cattle sold in the […]

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Broad Coalition Wins Key Fights Against Ag-Gag Laws

Posted Leah Douglas Leah Douglas, Newsletter

Photo from Flickr user williamhook. A coalition of animal rights groups, environmentalists, food safety advocates, farmers, and media organizations won two major victories against ag-gag laws early this month. On September 6th, the state of Utah announced it would not challenge a federal judge’s July order to strike down the state’s 5-year-old ag-gag law. And on September 7th, the 10th […]

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Farmers Warily Eye DuPont Purchase of Farm Software Leader ​

Posted Leah Douglas Leah Douglas, Mergers & Acquisitions, Newsletter

Photo from usdagov on Flickr.  Amidst farmer concerns about data collection by agricultural technology companies, agrochemical and seed giant DuPont on August 9th agreed to buy software company Granular Inc. for $300 million. With the deal, DuPont greatly increases its ability to collect detailed data on the operations of individual farms. Granular and other farm data companies collect […]

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Farmers Ramp Up Campaign Against Bayer Takeover of Monsanto ​

Posted Leah Douglas GMOs & Seeds, Leah Douglas, Mergers & Acquisitions, Newsletter

Photo from Flickr user kimberlykv. The National Black Farmers Association (NBFA) last week said it plans to bring an injunction against Bayer to stop the German corporation’s $66 billion acquisition of Monsanto. The announcement comes as farmers and antitrust advocates across the country organize against the looming merger of the two agrochemical giants, which they say would have […]

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Workers Begin to Organize Against Amazon Takeover of Whole Foods​

Posted Leah Douglas Leah Douglas, Mergers & Acquisitions, Newsletter

Photo from austins_only_paper on Flickr. Amazon’s announcement in June that it plans to buy Whole Foods for $13.7 billion has led to speculation throughout the retail industry about the corporation’s intentions in the grocery sector. Supply chain and retail workers in particular fear the merger will result in layoffs and less bargaining power overall. Some are ratcheting […]

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In South Carolina, Poultry Industry Seeks to Eliminate Barriers to Expansion

Posted Leah Douglas Chicken, Leah Douglas, Newsletter

Photo from usdagov on Flickr.  A bill in the South Carolina legislature would make it significantly harder for residents to challenge the state’s expanding poultry industry. If lawmakers pass the bill, South Carolina will be the latest in a series of states to make it harder for rural communities to resist or even carefully regulate large-scale […]

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Will Warren Buffett Take Over Texas’s Wine Industry?​

Posted Leah Douglas Leah Douglas, Newsletter

Photo from Flickr user MissMessie.  McLane Distributors, a subsidiary of multinational conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway, is suing to overturn a Texas regulation that prevents monopolization in the liquor industry. The company, which serves numerous retailers, is seeking a wine distribution license. But because their owner, Warren Buffett, is also invested in Walmart, which sells beer and wine […]

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Farm Credit Mergers the Latest Threat to Independent Farmers

Posted Leah Douglas Leah Douglas, Mergers & Acquisitions, Newsletter

Photo from Flickr user cjuneau. The latest in a series of mergers that are remaking the business of farm credit in America will, in early July, bring together three lenders in the upper Midwest, AgStar Financial Services, Badgerland Financial, and 1st Farm Credit Services. The new Wisconsin-based institution, to be called Compeer Financial, will hold over $18 billion […]

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ABI Aims at Craft Brewers Again, This Time Targeting their Hops​

Posted Leah Douglas Beer, Leah Douglas, Newsletter

Photo from Flickr user paulmiller. Anheuser-Busch InBev, the largest beer producer in the world, is taking another shot at the American craft brewing industry, this time by cornering the market on some key ingredients independent brewers need to make quality beer. The company last week announced that they would no longer be exporting hops from their […]

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