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Editor's Note: This is the first part in a series written by John Munsell of Miles City, MT, who explains how the small meat plant his family owned for 59 years ran afoul of USDA's meat inspection program. The events he writes about began a decade ago, but remain relevant today.
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By Mike Callicrate Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley, a longtime advocate for fair markets, is once again reintroducing a bill that would make it unlawful for meat packers to own livestock more than seven days prior to slaughter. Similar legislation has … Continue reading
National Farmers’ Union | Salina, Kansas | August 22, 1918 Declare the Five Big Packers Control One-Half of Meat Supply of Allied Nations — Have Used Their Power to Manipulate Livestock Market. President Wilson has made public the recently filed … Continue reading
One of the original Scott County feedlots closing down after 44 years By Rod Haxton, editor David Duff has seen plenty of good times and bad in the cattle feeding industry. It’s a tough business in which it keeps getting … Continue reading
Update, August 15, 2012 – See the following article from 2010: After campaign promises to fix agricultural markets and multiple hearings proving the dire need for immediate anti-trust law enforcement, the Obama administration did nothing. The departure of antitrust cops … Continue reading
Testimony of Mike Callicrate Concerning Competitive Livestock Markets, Price Discovery and Meat Labeling Nebraska Legislature Ag Committee Hearing February 2, 1999
Mr. Chairman, members of the Ag Committee, thank you for the opportunity to speak to you today. I have been involved in the cattle feeding business for twenty-five years. I have become increasingly concerned about the high levels of corporate … Continue reading