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Area dairy farms shut down as milk prices slide

By Joe Mahoney CNHI State Reporter FileA cow is seen at Hemlock Valley Farm in Milford in this June 2014 photo ALBANY — Tim Tucek, a Chenango County dairy farmer, said it was a decision he couldn’t avoid given his … Continue reading

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Ranchers take on the beef industry over mandatory checkoff payments

By MIKE McGRAW and PEGGY LOWE | Harvest Public Media NEMAHA COUNTY, Kan. – From their small farms set in the rolling hills of northeast Kansas, two ranchers are raising a few cattle — and a lot of Cain. David … Continue reading

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Obama’s Game of Chicken

The untold story of how the administration tried to stand up to big agricultural companies on behalf of independent farmers, and lost. By Lina Khan | Print (PDF) In May 2010, Garry Staples left his chicken farm in Steele, Alabama, … Continue reading

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R-CALF USA Demands Suspension of Contracts Between NCBA and Beef Checkoff

August 28, 2012 The Honorable Tom Vilsack Secretary of Agriculture U.S. Department of Agriculture 1400 Independence Ave., S.W. Washington, D.C. 20250 Sent via facsimile and U.S. Mail: 202-720-6314 Re: R-CALF USA’s Demand for the Immediate and Permanent Suspension of all … Continue reading

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R-CALF USA Summary of Beef Checkoff Lawsuit

Summary of Beef Checkoff Lawsuit Mike Callicrate v. USDA et al. Prepared by R-CALF USA Revised August 23, 2012 THE PARTIES: Mike Callicrate is the only Plaintiff in the complaint. Named Defendants in the complaint include: U.S. Department of Agriculture … Continue reading

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