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Ban On Meat Packer Ownership: Too Little, Too Late

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

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Special Commission Appointed to Investigate Packers Makes Report

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

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2,000 feedlots Shut Down

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

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Stop the Strip Mining of Rural America With Commodity Checkoffs

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

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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

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