Congressmen Move To Protect Big Ag from Water Protection Law​

Posted Leah Douglas Dairy, Leah Douglas, Newsletter

Photo from usdagov on Flickr.  Residents of rural communities near large-scale farms may soon find it harder to protect their drinking water from pollution from agriculture, thanks to a bill introduced recently by Representative Dan Newhouse, a Republican from Washington’s 4th district. Newhouse’s bill, H.R. 848 introduced in February with 43 co-sponsors, aims to amend the […]

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Milk Monopolist Moves to Increase Power Over Dairy Farmers​

Posted Leah Douglas Dairy, Leah Douglas, Newsletter

Photo from Flickr user katesheets.  Dairy Farmers of America, the largest dairy processor in the country, recently threatened to terminate its contracts with around 900 independent dairy farmers in the Northeast. Farmers in the region say this move is yet another step from DFA to undermine independent producers and to suppress earnings for farmers in […]

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The Month in Review

Posted Leah Douglas Leah Douglas, Newsletter

Photo from Flickr user cjuneau. As the summer winds down, here’s a look at some of the biggest stories in food and agriculture consolidation. Three major mergers in the agrochemical sector are facing antitrust review in several countries. The European Union has opened an antitrust investigation into the proposed $122 billion Dow/DuPont merger, citing concerns that a merger between the two agrochemical giants […]

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As Dairy Prices Tumble, Farmers are Angered by Minimal USDA Support

Posted Leah Douglas Dairy, Leah Douglas, Newsletter

Photo from Flickr user chriswaits. Dairy farmers in the Northeast and Midwest are dumping massive quantities of milk, as a sharp decline in exports has driven milk prices down to a seven-year low. Meanwhile, independent farmers and members of Congress say that a new USDA insurance program designed to keep struggling dairy farmers in business is failing […]

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