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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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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With SABMiller Deal Complete, ABI Takes Aim at Craft Brewers

Posted Leah Douglas Beer, Leah Douglas, Newsletter

Photo from Flickr user quinnanya. Anheuser-Busch InBev is angling to control every shelf of your local beer store, and they’re doing it behind the scenes. That may seem surprising, given that the Belgian company has made headlines this year with its nearly complete $108 billion acquisition of SABMiller, the second-largest beer company in the world. But […]

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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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