Category Archives: General Advocacy

American Cattle Industry on the Brink – Ignoring the Obvious

Truth loses to big money and political power. After the 1996 South Dakota Auction Markets meeting and South Dakota Governor’s Cattle Conference of the same year, and following the 2004 trial in Montgomery, Alabama where a jury found Tyson/IBP guilty … Continue reading

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Breaking Points – Understanding the Challenges of the Meatpacking Monopoly

This is the best overview of the destructive meatpacking monopoly and the challenges in dealing with it. The Biden administration will have to do a lot more, and soon. USDA, FTC, and the Justice Department should file a flurry of … Continue reading

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American Cattle Industry is on the Brink – How did it happen?

It took a sales job and help from USDA The year was 1996, the National Cattlemen’s Association had just become the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA). The new entity included the large meatpackers and some of the biggest pharmaceutical companies … Continue reading

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Dear President Biden – Regarding Food System Reform

In regards to today’s Presidential panel on food system reform: Building any new plants or expansion of existing plants is a fools game without a fair, open and competitive market. New facilities, and new investments in existing facilities, are already … Continue reading

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Defending The Cattle Industry – Like our lives depend on it.

Herman Schumacher and Johnny Smith were fearless defenders of fair, open, and competitive markets, risking everything in the battle to protect their auction market customer – the cattle producer. The following presentations were part of the June 2, 1996 South … Continue reading

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