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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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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Meat Giant JBS Continues to Grow in US Despite Contamination Scandal in Brazil​

Posted Leah Douglas Beef, Leah Douglas, Newsletter

Photo from Flickr user rheinitz. Over the past month, health authorities in Europe, China, and Brazil have all temporarily pulled beef from the Brazilian meat giant JBS off of grocery store shelves, in response to evidence that the company was involved in a massive corruption scandal to export rotten and contaminated meat. Yet here at home, […]

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Ranchers, Facing Record Low Prices, Confront Surge of Brazilian Imports​

Posted Leah Douglas Beef, Leah Douglas, Newsletter

Photo by unitedsoybean on Flickr. Cattle prices hit historic lows in some parts of the country in November, even as the first shipments of Brazilian beef arrived in U.S. ports after the USDA’s recent decision to lift a 13-year-old ban on that country. Ranchers say the combination will likely drive many American ranchers out of business. […]

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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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