Author Archives: Mike Callicrate

In 2003 we were discussing problems facing cattlemen – What in the heck happened?

The Flemingsburg Gazette – Group discusses problems facing cattlemen Posted on May 15, 2003 by Mike Callicrate The Flemingsburg Gazette,  Thursday, May 15, 2003 by Guy Townsend, Publisher “You’ve been driven to work at Wal-Mart in the morning, McDonald’s in … Continue reading

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Kroger just announced the end of Hero pay! Who will feed us?

Kroger, one of the largest food retailers, and a member of the meatpacker/retailer shared monopoly, just announced that their already low-paid workers are losing their “Hero” pay. Like Kroger, Walmart, Albertson’s/Safeway and Costco, the big meatpackers were already raking in … Continue reading

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Seeking Freedom in America – Modern day slaves are denied justice

March 25, 2003 By Mike Callicrate “A 38-year-old poultry grower in my county in North Carolina committed suicide in his chicken house Sunday morning.  After the first shock and sorrow for the family, I felt anger with myself for not … Continue reading

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Salina Media Connection: Mike Callicrate on COVID-19 and the beef with Food Insecurity – YouTube

My interview with Greg Stephens, Salina Media Connection – A look back at how we ended up with four big meatpackers controlling the cattle market and today’s failed meat supply chain. The deck is stacked against small plants and independent … Continue reading

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How We Got Here … The food security crisis in America

And how do we return to a safe and resilient food system? The year was 1981. It was the year we lost the cattle market. Clark Willingham, an accountant and an attorney, not ever a cattleman but certainly a wine … Continue reading

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