Big Beef Targets Virginia Ranchers With Bigger Checkoff Tax

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Photo from unitedsoybean on Flickr. Virginia State Senator A. Benton Chafin last week introduced a bill that would significantly hike “checkoff” taxes that cattle growers in the state must pay. The move follows efforts in other states—including recently in Oklahoma—to increase or introduce state-level checkoff taxes, which are charged in addition to the $1 per head tax collected […]

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Restaurant Mergers, USDA Regulation Repeal, and the Year Ahead

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Photo from Flickr user jeepersmedia.  This week, we’re bringing you a holiday edition of Food & Power. Here are a couple of trends we’ve watched over the past few months, and some stories we’ll be following at the start of 2018. Private Equity Expands in Restaurants There have been at least 33 acquisitions of restaurant brands with more […]

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Secretary Vilsack’s Chicken Rules May Come Too Late to Help Farmers

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Photo from Flickr user scrap_pile. The Department of Agriculture last week finally proposed rules to protect poultry farmers from abusive and discriminatory practices by giant chicken processing companies. Called the Farmer Fair Practices Rules, the new rules come 6 years after the Obama Administration first attempted to regulate the industry, then retreated under heavy pressure from […]

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