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Death of A Small Business – Big Dairy Wins Again.

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Lynn Swearingen (c) copyright 2011 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

The great thing about “banning” food items is the ease in which it is completed these days. For instance:

Raw-milk dairy closes as costs rise

But the owners of Greenwood Farms, Holly and Steve Atkinson, say their numbers just weren’t working. The equipment, chemical and labor costs of producing raw milk were simply too high, despite growing demand from consumers willing to pay $10 or more a gallon.

Because there is no “Free Market” competition as a result of  huge milk subsidies, the smaller producer is pushed out. In this case by their own responsible choice to protect the safety of their customers. Don’t forget the “barrier to entry” that exists to even start-up a small dairy.

To survive financially, Atkinson said, the farm would have to scale up — and that would come only at the expense of safety.

“We would’ve had to double the number of cows and work 80 hours a week,” she said. “If we had grown the dairy to where we could make a profit, I don’t think we could’ve produced safe raw milk because once you get that big, you get into the factory mentality.”

If the artificial dairy market was not boosted by $74.1 Million last year  through governmental interference, having to compete with small dairies would force Agri-dairy to be more responsible.

For more information on “the dairy world” from a really great site, visit johnbuntingsjournal.

Good-bye Greenwood Farms.

European Milk Quotas and United States Trial By Public Opinion

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Today we have two completely different stories. While not connected – the irony in both of these is priceless.

First of all you have the heinous act of producing too much food product in a world where apparently no one ever goes hungry.

Three EU member states have been ordered to pay a total of €19m in fines for exceeding milk quotas in 2009/2010, according to provisional figures published by the Commission. More

How many Wisconsin DATCP goons does it take to inventory the personal food from a family’s private refridgerator?

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If you want a glimpse of what is ahead for you if S.510 passes, here it is. 

 These are Wisconsin predators, employed by DATCP to act under the color of law and against the people.  Earning from 65,000 thousand a year to as much as 105,000 per year, the goons in this video are set loose to harrass and terrorize selected Wisconsin dairy farmers who sell fresh raw milk. 

Unlawfully, and without a valid warrant, or any oaths of affirmation, private property was tresspassed, stolen, destroyed and otherwise rendered useless by  the goons who make their living preying on the public while wearing a government badge and collecting a huge paycheck. 

This attempt to terrorize and coerce this family into compliance was facilitated by the local sheriff who seemed very pleased with violating the rights of these private citizens.

By the way, S. 510 is very clear that dairy farms will be be a target of section 420 (e)

S.510 Fake Food Safety: Forcing the collapse of domestic agriculture

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Instead, FDA, just as the USDA, is pulling out all the stops in its efforts to terrorize and harass domestic producers and suppliers, and to end anything but industrialized corporate agriculture.  After all, these corporations keep the FDA and USDA awash in funds.”

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If food safety were the real issue…we would close down the USDA and FDA corporations immediately.  S.510 is not intended to, and will not do anything other than stifle economic growth, kill off the domestic agricultural sector and hand that sector over to corporate predators.   

S.510,  just as the CLEAR Act, Cap & Trade, and a host of other offensive pieces of legislation is nothing more than a system of fees, fines and royalties meant to generate revenue while at the same time forcing individuals to keep records intended to be used for no other purpose than compiling a criminal case against themselves.  These records can be seized on the whim of the “secretary” who can at his/her leisure, decide that they “believe” you represent a risk: no evidence needed.

Just as the appointment of Michael Taylor, the Monsanto hired gun, to the post of “food czar” in the White House was no coincidence, neither is the pandering to Monsanto and other multi-national corporations intent upon owning and controlling food prodution and supply in the US in the text of S. 510. 

Both the USDA and FDA were created using the Administrative Procedures Act (APA) of 1946.  Even if this act were constitutional, the federal government is precluded from entering into agriculture as it is not in the enumerated powers of the federal government.  Agriculture is non-positive Code & Tile (7) and cannot be codified into law as it is a right reserved to the states.  Creating fictional public service agencies, which are in reality privately chartered corporations, held by the federal government to by-pass Constitutional restraints, on the federal government makes them no less unlawful.

Contrary to comments from various national organizations and groups, the last thing we need to see happen is the expansion of power and reach of either the USDA or, the FDA.

Both of these corporate federal agencies have a long history of harming the public while deferring to corporate contracted partners who make sure both agencies are profitable even if the public is harmed.  

On the other hand, it is no surprise to see national food organizations of all kinds jumping on the bandwagon to support this coup, hoping, I guess, that if they throw the rest of us under the bus they might be able to secure special treatment for themselves.  The organics producers did. More

Marti Oakley and Barb Peterson: The Truth Squad, with guest Paul Griepentrog

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Join us Sunday evening at 8 CST on The Truth Squad Radio Show.

Our guest this week is Paul Griepentrog. Paul is a Wisconsin farmer who has been involved in fighting back against corruption in the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) in Wisconsin.

Paul will be reporting on the current premises registration (NAIS) cases in Wisconsin involving NAIS and Raw Milk. He will also address the FDA’s move to enable rule-making regarding food safety without Congressional approval, and the Organic illusion. More

Wisconsin:Candidate Taylor to attend the WI Raw Milk Bill (SB 434) Public Hearing

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US Senate candidate Rob Taylor today issues an apology to the farmers, raw milk consumers and his supporter. Taylor said “I must have been drinking milk treated with chemicals yesterday, for me to support this bill. I want to tell everyone that I am not in support of this bill as it stands. What I wanted to say that I am glad we have a bill moving in the direction of allowing raw milk sales and consumption.” Taylor went on to say that “everyone knows that I am a supporter of the local and small family farmers who produce raw milk and I am an advocate of the raw milk and honey movement and this bill has language in it that will destroy the farmers.”
 
In a phone interview Taylor reported that “it is time for the people of Wisconsin to have the right to raw milk, honey and other food that they deem healthy.” Taylor is known to show up at the raw milk rallies, often speaking to the crowds. He has also supported people such as Max Kane in his fight to produce and sell raw milk.The hearing is schedule as follows:http://www.wisconsinagconnection.com/story-state.php?Id=238&yr=2010

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Time: 10:00am – 1:00pm

Location:

Chippewa Valley Technical College Room 106/Auditorium 620 West Clairemont Ave Eau Claire, WI 54701s

On the web site Raw Milk: The Whole Truth by chef jem they point out:

1000 More People Needed In Wisconsin To Help Support Raw Milk Bill

Help Support Wisconsin Raw Milk Bill Which would allow consumer access to raw milk products direct from Wisconsin Dairy Farms

Wisconsin raw milk bill (AB 628) was introduced in the Assembly on December 18, 2009.

The bill was referred to Committee on Rural Economic Development.

Wisconsin raw milk bill (SB 434) was introduced in the Senate on December 21, 2009.

The bill was referred to Committee on Agriculture and Higher Education.

The Raw Milk Bill hearings for both the ASSEMBLY and the SENATE have been combined into one joint-hearing:

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

10:00 am

Chippewa Valley Technical College

620 W. Clairemont Ave.

Eau Claire, WI 54701

Room 106/Auditorium

When entering the main doors, continue straight until you come to the wall of pictures. Turn left; the Auditorium is on the right.

Parking is in the visitor lot at the southwest corner of the building and in the student lot across Clairemont Ave.

We need people to show up at this Joint Public Hearing in support of the Raw Milk Bill.

It has been noted that each person that appears at the hearing counts as 10 votes.

If we have any chance at all of getting this bill to pass, we must convince these two committees that YOU, the consumer, want it. Numbers speak we need hundreds, if not thousands of people to be present at this combined hearing!

Gather your friends, family, neighbors, etc., to attend these this history-making event.

If you would like to speak at the hearing, please enter that on your registration card when you enter. You may be limited to 2-3 minutes. It would be a good idea to have copies of your speech to the committee members.

And on the facebook page for Alliance for Raw MilkThey make the following pea:This is it folks!

It has been noted that for each person that appears in person, the committee looks upon each one as 10 votes.

If we have any chance at all of getting this bill to pass, we must convince these two committees that YOU want it. Numbers speak! We are asking everyone to gather friends, family, neighbors, etc., to attend these hearings.

Wisconsin raw milk bill, as introduced in the Senate on December 21, 2009

(LRB-3242/3) as SB 434. Referred to Committee on Agriculture and Higher Education.

We urge all of Wisconsin to attend, write, phone, email their support of this bill.

  
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WICFA: The promotion and preservation of unregulated direct farmer-to-consumer trade

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Hello WICFA Friends and Members:
 
We have some updates on our website that might be of interest to you.  Please browse through our Raw Milk page and our Honey page to see what is new.
 
Read the Iowa raw milk bill and see why it is the kind of legislation that we need to put before our Assembly and Senate.  It is fair to all producers and consumers and is completely aligned with WICFA’s mission statement of the promotion and preservation of unregulated direct farmer-to-consumer trade that fosters the availability of locally grown and home-produced food products.
 
The updates on Wisconsin honey legislation include some correspondence between Senator Russ Decker and our VP, Paul M. Griepentrog as well as a link to some good information on the origins of Codex. 
 
Enjoy and I hope you find the updates useful!
 
Thanks,
 
Clifford J. Cordell II
WICFA – President
(715) 418-0424
 

Alliance for Raw Milk Internationale–Rise and Expansion: ARMs in 15 states, 7 countries

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February 5, 2010

I have not been posting much lately. I have been working on another project called Alliance for Raw Milk Internationale (ARMi). Currently there are 15 states and 7 countries that have joined the ARMi. Today we are introducing our new logo and website at http://wholefoodusa.org .

                        

ARMi is a network of state/provincial /country sites where people post relevant news and articles, source of raw milk nearby and legislative, regulatory and enforcement actions.

The motto is Family.Farm.Food.Freedom. Yes, it is a 4-F Project. The mission is not just about raw milk; it is about the freedom to choose the foods we deem to be healthy for our families and the right to farm our own property without undue government interference. It is also about making farm fresh, wholesome natural foods more accessible to the consumer and contribute to the fast growing segment of food industry. It is also about education, communication and information exchange to benefit members and food groups. Bottom line, it is about Connections and Resources.

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WICFA STATEMENT OF OPPOSITION TO SB 434 & AB 628

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WICFA .org

Feb 5th,(c) 2010

Hello WICFA Friends and Members,

We have completed the revision of our statement of opposition to the “Raw Milk Bill”, SB 434 and AB 628. Please read it through and give careful consideration to the points that are raised. You can find a link to the bills on our raw milk page to read them for yourself. The opposition statement is attached to this email and is available on the website as well.

If you agree that we should not take whatever can be achieved instead of standing firm and holding out for a bill that is beneficial to all raw milk producers, no matter what the size of their operation, then print off some copies of our opposition statement and distribute them to friends, family, and your neighbors.

We must let our representatives in Madison hear from us as well. Please contact your assembly person and senator to let them know that they should not vote in favor of the “Raw Milk Bill”. We need to make sure that our voices are heard.

Do not let our food choices be regulated by DATCP and corporate interest.

“If the people let government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny” Thomas Jefferson

Sincerely,

Clifford J. Cordell II
WICFA – President
cj@wicfa.org
www.wicfa.org

 WICFA STATEMENT OF OPPOSITION TO SB 434 & AB 628 can be read here:  WICFA STATEMENT

OFFICIAL VIDEO: Part 2 “Raw Milk Rally the Saga Continues…” Max Kane’s Court Date

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www.Rally4RawMilk.blogspot.com  

This is a mix video from the Raw Milk Rally and Max Kane’s court date on 12-21-09 in Viroqua, Wisconsin. Supporters came in from around North America to participate.  

Keep an eye on Wisconsin,  what happens there is and will happen be happening across the country as private and independent farmers are forced out of business in favor of multi-national corporations. 

Scott Trautman says enough: Chaining himself to WI Governor’s mansion, food & water strike 4pm Christmas Eve

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Hello everyone,
 
This was not what I intended to do this Christmas. This is not making my family, my wife, three young children, happy one tiny bit.
But the evil in Wisconsin is so great, the intensity of pressure on our farm so massive, I am left with no other option.
Cheryl Daniels and Jackie Owens of Rod Nuelstein’s DATCP, Department of Ag Trade & Consumer Protection, Food Safety division, has attempted to torment us over the past two months, trying to make me shut up about the illegality, the scandal, the misuse of power up there. Their plan is to intimidate, and they have succeeded in removing, unjustly, our last ability to make a living: our meat licenses. Which of course I am welcome to appeal: To Rod Nuelstein. How do you think that’s going to go? When do you think he’ll make time for that? That is but one indication of how out of wack – out of control — non-democratic – that agency is. The meat licenses have nothing to do with their Raw Milk case. There is but one purpose: shut Scott Trautman up. Their arrogance is incredible.
 
Our media has a limited attention span, which Rod understands, and has used: to sound great in the word, but no one follows up to see just what he does.
Perhaps a farmer chaining himself to the governor’s MANSION and refusing all food and water will be enough of a “media event” to bring the proper light to this situation.
 
I am not asking anyone to join me at this time, I do not desire to ruin the holidays of good people everywhere — but I will be ‘on the wall’ for as long as it takes.
 
99 Cambridge Road
Madison, WI 53704-5961
(608) 246-5501
 
See my posting for further details, look back – way back – to all my blog postings, way back to the beginning, and see my character vs. Rod Nuelstein’s.
I am ashamed of our Governor, Doyle, whom I was under the illusion was a friend to the people of Wisconsin. Turns out he’s just another scumbag politician.
 
 
Please pray for me and my family. We WILL endure, we WILL see a bright future for Wisconsin, we WILL have our New Golden Age of Dairy in Wisconsin.
 
Scott Trautman, Proud Dairyman from Wisconsin
Scott & Julie Trautman, Trautman Family Farm
2049 Skaalen Rd, Stoughton WI 53589
family@trautman.net  http://www.trautmanfarm.com (608)205-9798
Grassfed Beef, Pastured Pork & Poultry, Awesome Eggs & Dairy
MOSA certified organic farm
We sell healthy, tasty, world responsible food to people just like you. Resolve that 2009 will be your year to make a difference in your health and the world.

The positive results of simply “showing up” or: Why staying home and doing nothing isn’t in your best interest

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Two years ago, Californians stood up and fought back against government collusion with coporate interests and fought back against a bill meant to end fresh/raw milk sales. 
On October 8, 2007 AB 1735 was signed into law in California. This law did nothing to protect anyone, as it purported, but did everything to limit the rights of consumers in California. Had it been allowed to stand, raw milk would have dried up as of January 1, 2008. An emergency bill was written as a response and on January 16, 2008, Assemblymembers Nicole Parra (D), Mike Villines (R), and Tom Berryhill (R) demanded AB 1735 be changed by enacting AB 1604. Raw milk supporters turned out in droves and in a few short hours, democracy prevailed and raw milk drinkers and producers were protected. The following video shows history in the making.” More

Raw Milk Rally in Wisconsin Max Kane’s Court Date

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Listen and watch as Wisconsin Attorney General Phillip D. Ferris from Wisconsin Department of “Justice”…..REFUSES to affirm his oath to the United States Constitution and the Wisconsin state Constitution.

Come to Max Kane’s Raw Milk court date and rally event in Viroqua Wisconsin on December 21, 2009!!!! More info at www.Rally4RawMilk.blogspot.com

Find out rest of the story on raw milk

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Springfield, Missouri
By: Kathy Vimont

My family produces raw milk in southwest Missouri. I am responding to Douglas Bryan’s letter of Dec. 9 regarding the safety of raw milk.

Dr. Bryan quoted an explanation from Cornell about why pasteurization has been made mandatory for retail sales, but he doesn’t know the rest of the story. About 100 years ago, large amounts of milk were needed to feed people in the large cities. They also needed an answer about what to do with the distillery grain left over from making alcohol there. Answer: feed it to cows and use the resulting milk to feed the people. They should not have been drinking that milk.

It was produced in filthy conditions by very unhealthy animals and caused many deaths. Their only answer was to pasteurize the milk, and that’s how pasteurization on a large scale became entrenched. But, here’s the really interesting part: at that same time, Dr. J.R. Crewe of the Mayo Clinic was bringing in clean raw milk from the countryside and curing patients of cancer and other dread diseases with a strict raw milk diet. For more on this story and a critical analysis of milk safety studies, I refer you to “The Untold Story of Milk” by Dr. Ron Schmid.  Go to: http://www.realmilk.com/documents/ResponsetoMarlerListofStudies.pdf

for a balancing article on the safety of raw milk.

Considering modern advancements, the belief that we must pasteurize or die is outdated. Besides, we’re not talking about producing raw milk for the entire population; we’re talking about small family farms thriving and supporting our local economies. Buying milk from neighbors is a long-standing tradition in Missouri, one with which the legislature refused to interfere. READ MORE

The Truth behind the drive to outlaw raw/fresh milk sales

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The Truth behind the drive to outlaw raw/fresh milk sales or:

How the USDA and the federal government are actively working to end family and independent dairy farming for corporate interests.

 The BUSINESS OF CULLEN AGRITECH:

 Business Overview– Pg. 6

Cullen Agritech is a newly formed company formed in June 2009 committed to the development and commercialization of advanced agricultural technologies. Cullen Agritech’s principal focus will be to improve agricultural yields through pasture and animal sciences. Cullen Agritech’s primary operations will be conducted through Natural Dairy Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Cullen Agritech, through which it will attempt to engage in a long term scalable dairy farming operation utilizing the Cullen Agritech farming system in the Southeastern United States. Cullen Agritech will also offer advisory services associated with the development and implementation of efficient farming techniques. This will promote a methodology that incorporates components of New Zealand’s pasture-based farming system, scientifically adapted for use in local markets.” (end clip)

The new technology being promoted by Cullen- New Zealand is simply what farmers have done for thousands of years; the moving of their livestock routinely to fresh pastures making sure ample water was made available to them and incidentally; reducing the number and amount of toxic chemicals, vaccines, hormones and additives required to be used in private operations.  While there certainly is a scientific soundness to this practice, it most assuredly is nothing new. So where would the “scientific” application of what is commonly understood to be the best management practices of dairy herding, be applied?  And how?  And how could you rationalize the re-designation of traditional dairy farming methods as something new and innovative and apply for and receive a patent on that method? More

Wisconsin state officials….A case of the quacks running the institution

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Dr. Julian Whittaker’s Newsletter:

The (ADA) American Dietetics Association Must be Stopped in it’s Tracks

WISCONSIN:

Two pending dietary licensing bills in Madison: SB115 AND AB440. If these bills pass health food stores, alternative practitioners and those interested in nutrient dense food protocols will become DIETARY CRIMINALS (charged with the unlicensed practice of dietetics)  if they discuss food. Exemptions: other groups that have lobbyists in Madison. You will be subject to legal fees to defend yourself before the (DPL) Wisconsin Department of Professional Regulation. The two DPL prosecutors have stated in court their alliance to www.quackwatch.org.

Funded by the Pharmaceutical industry. All natural healing and dietary advice is quackery.  See what happened in other states that passed similar laws: Legal expenses ranging from $30,000 to $200,000.

These bill will stifle consumer access to nutritional protocols. Only allowed protocols will be processed foods, Coke, Pepsi and junk food. Keep you ill and take drugs for the symptoms.

ADA advice: 25% of your daily calories from added sugars intake.  Have a soda and a candy bar, it’s OK.

No discussion of food allergies will be permitted.

No discussion of health benefits of raw milk, organic etc.

TOTAL GAG ORDER.

AB440 Dietary Licensing hearing Dec 17 at 10 AM.

For more details and links to the bills: http://wihfc.com/WDA_legislation.htm

Thanks for your interest in Wisconsin Health Freedoms,

Syncha Maniscalco
Director Wisconsin Health Freedom Coalition
WIHFC.com
A 501(c) 4 non profit dedicated to consumer choice.

Welcome to the “Guilty Before Innocent Age” of Raw Milk in Washington

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One cannot see it, smell it or feel it. In fact E. Coli wasn’t even found on the Dungeness Valley Creamery in Sequim, Washington, but that didn’t stop the Washington State Department of Health from issuing this misleading statement  :

“Three recent E. coli infections in Washington have been linked to drinking raw, unpasteurized milk. As a result, the Washington state departments of Health and Agriculture are reminding consumers of the potential health hazards of these products.

The patients all report drinking raw milk produced by the Dungeness Valley Creamery in Sequim. No E. coli has been found in samples from the dairy’s current batch of milk, but during an investigation at the dairy, WSDA found the same bacteria that caused one of the illnesses.” More

WICFA December 12, 2009 Reminder

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Dear WICFA Friends and Members:

I hope that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoyed your time recounting the bountiful blessing that we have been given over the past year! I know that my wife and I had plenty to be thankful for and spent some quality time with both sides of our family.

This email is to serve as a reminder of some dates of events. Below is a list of the different events that we are hosting or advertising for others:

WICFA Annual Meeting – December 12, 2009 at the Dalton Town Hall in Dalton, Green Lake County, WI. This meeting is open to all WICFA members and is scheduled for 8:00 a.m.

WICFA Networking of Statewide Organizations Session – December 12, 2009 at the Dalton Town Hall in Dalton, Green Lake County, WI. This session is open to representatives from any group statewide that is interested in networking with us to improve communication about trials/prosecutions, rallies, speaking events, meetings, issues, etc…

WICFA Current Issues Discussion and Education Session –

December 12, 2009 at the Dalton Town Hall in Dalton, Green Lake County, WI. This session is open to everyone, whether or not you are associated with an organization.

  • Please come and listen to our speakers talk about issues such as 
  • Fresh milk regulations/legislation,
  • Making mandatory premises registration voluntary,
  • NAIS, how WICFA can be proactive in making positive changes in these different areas that will be beneficial to independent farmers and ranchers who want to direct market their products to the consumer, and
  • how WICFA can help ensure that the consumer will have a multitude of choices in how their products are actually produced.

Fresh/Raw Milk Dairy Farmer Max Kane’s Trial – December 21, 2009.

Come back one of Wisconsin’s fresh milk producers in Viroqua, WI. Max Kane and supporters are planning a rally from 8:30 a.m. till 10:25 a.m. and then other events after lunch time plus a pot luck dinner at the end of the day. See Max Kane’s blog for more detailed information about his event.

The first three events are sponsored and organized by WICFA. They are all on the same day so please make an effort to attend our big day in Dalton, WI.

The last fourth event is sponsored and organized by Max Kane and supporters. Please go out to Viroqua, WI and show your support for people who participate in fresh milk sales. Thanks for all that you do and we hope that you have a great weekend.

Sincerely, Clifford J. Cordell II

WICFA – President

(715) 418-0424 cj@wicfa.org http://www.wicfa.org

Wisconsin: A state under seige by its own government

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“The actions of state agencies complicit with state elected officials, shows malice and forethought with the intent to benefit not only the state monetarily, but also specific corporations who also intend to benefit from the prosecutions.  It is not as if they didn’t or don’t know what they are doing.  This was planned and pre-meditated, and state officials and agencies in collusion with the USDA and corporate profiteers knew full well the harm they intended to inflict on the private property owners of the state and that these actions would drive many farmers and ranchers off their land and out of business. “

It seems rather apparent with the extensive abuses of agency offices and personnel supported and encouraged by elected officials, even if only by their silence; their refusal to act on behalf of the citizens, and their obvious disregard for property and individual rights, maybe Wisconsin needs to clean house. 

The oath of office taken by your elected government officials is a contract affirmed by oath.  Under contract law, that oath has been breached by the various compacts, contracts, and entry into agreements, business plans and other instruments which are intended to cause harm to the citizens of the state of Wisconsin and the contract is now voided.  Boot them out of office.

About the Selling of Fresh Milk

The recent offering of what is supposed to pass for a proposed bill to protect the right of Wisconsin dairy farms from further prosecution and persecution by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture and Consumer Protection (DATCP) would have been comical had it not been presented as a means to allow dairy farmers to trade freely what is known to be a wholesome and natural product: fresh milk.

The fact is, even if this limited proposal (as questionable as it is) had any legitimacy, it falls far short of what is desperately needed to reign in the activities of DATCP: an agency which has far exceeded any lawful or constitutional boundaries; yet not one state legislator has acknowledged the egregious activities this agency is engaged in against the sovereign citizens of the state.  In fact, it was state and federal legislators who entered into cooperative agreements with the USDA, accepting millions on behalf of the state to implement USDA business plans that clearly violated not only state, but federal constitutions.  More

WICFA: Statement of opposition to LRB3242/3

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The proposed draft is inadequate in addressing the concerns of fresh milk producers throughout the state, and does not fall within the mission statement of this organization.

The proposed draft states no author, and is applicable to Grade A dairies only, a license that requires a contract with a milk processor as a predetermining factor, this forced contract is a violation of Federal Uniform Commercial Code as it manifests as coercion. 

Furthermore some milk processing companies require exclusive contracts from their producers in direct violation of the Sherman Anti Trust Act. 

The hundreds of small herd owners concerns are not addressed in any fashion in this proposal.  

This proposal forwarded by an inclusive group known to advocate to the members not speaking to the press, not contacting anyone beyond their legislative area, not sharing information outside the group, in an effort to deny First Amendment freedoms. 

These freedoms were bought with blood, and we will not dishonor those who have given their all to procure and defend them. 

Further directives were issued to not have out of state individuals involved, and yet an out of state organization’s officials have been contacting legislators and DATCP officials  without having registered as lobbyists in this state as required for anyone reimbursed by an organization in an amount of $500 or more.  Those officials contacted have a burden as well to report these contacts and are complicit in this act.

Such is the murk and quagmire of politics in Madison.

Therefore the Wisconsin Independent Consumers and Farmers Assn. in an

effort to hold to a higher standard will be opposing the raw milk proposed

draft in its present form.

Raw Milk Action Alert For the States of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois

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Legislation through Litigation?

Raw Milk Action Alert For the States of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois

WHAT: A Raw Milk Producer

WHEN: 10:30 a.m., Monday, December 21, 2009

WHERE: Vernon County Courthouse, 400 Court House Square St, Viroqua, Wisconsin

Google Map Directions  to Vernon County Courthouse

Come and support Wisconsin’s small raw milk producers in Viroqua, Wisconsin. A Rally is planned on the Courthouse steps from 8:30 a.m. till 10:25 a.m.

This is the perfect opportunity to Network and meet some of your fellow producers. You can also learn more about current proposed Raw Milk legislation, Right to Farm, and Freedom from Regulation actions in the 4 state area.

After the Rally, the intention is to peacefully assemble inside the Courthouse. We hope to show as Ghandi stated “A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.” Your silent support during this time will allow the judicial community to see the true “Face of the People”.

A “Meet the Presenters” pot luck dinner will be held at the end of the day. Among those scheduled at this time to attend:

You can become a follower of WICFAs Facebook page.

Mark McAfee: Organic Pastures 

David Gumpert : Author of The Raw Milk Revolution  

Michael Badnarik : Author, Constitutional Scholar with 20 years of experience who lectures and teaches Nationwide. 

One can find more information and up dates on Max Kanes Blog

Or through following PPJG daily.

Wisconsin: Heroes will just set things back……Oh! The drama of it all!

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JACKASS ALERT # 9   EDITED WITH SOME REALLY IMPORTANT NEWS!

I just received an alert from what has become a somewhat infamous national organization; infamous for its lack of, well, almost anything that would matter.   It is another of their “Action Alert!’s.  (Oh!  I’m so excited!)

Update:!!

Senator Kreitlow and Representative Danou

Co-Sponsorship of LRB 3242/3-Allowing the Sale of Raw Milk

“We are introducing legislation that would permit the sale of raw milk directly from Wisconsin farms in certain controlled conditions

I cannot believe these public officials attached their names to this.  As written or lifted from some old document…….this would effectively drive a large number of small producers out of business as a minimum requirement of 60 dairy cows would be necessary to engage in fresh milk sales to one of only three buyers who have cornered that market. (With a little help from their friends)

In any event if this bogus “proposal” that is being promoted as a possible draft of a bill were in fact a reality, it would be laughed out of the legislature.  This “proposal” is not properly prepared and is simply a cleaned up version of the same thing posted to several sites after the last call to sit down and shut up went out on the March 11, 2009 to stifle any meaningful protest of DATCP unconstitutional actions and policies.

2009 BILL……is not a title.  (we don’t know what it is: maybe you will be receiving a statement in the mail)

Your Wisconsin legislative period will end in May.  This “proposal” is not properly formatted, titled, or showing any basis in law.  Nor is it showing any author or who might possibly be promoting it.  No legislator will even consider it in this form; at least not one who is on the level. (It just goes to show ya! Two just popped up!) 

This “proposal” mysteriously appeared out of no where and is floating somewhere in the legislature with two new sponsors, no bill number and no one looked at this and realized it was worthless?  And it occurs to me I saw this same thing about five or six years ago somewhere else. I’ll have to look into that.

Maybe someone might have been better off to look into the Sherman Act dealing with anti-trust.  Monopolies are illegal.  So are monopsony’s. More

Rob Taylor to attend WICFA coalition meeting

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 WE WILL BE THERE.

I am offering my services as a speaker for the Constitution Party and to spread the word of what is happening to our freedoms.  These are the matters that I am running for; to defend and protect the Constitution of the United States, and the Wisconsin state constitution, from all enemies …Foreign AND Domestic!

I am sending out letters of support to every one I know in the state.  We have to let people know what our socialist government is doing and HAS been doing for a long time. 

This isn’t the work of just one of the parties but of both of them.  It’s all about power and greed. Our so called representatives get that by helping the friends in the BIG-FARM industry.  We know where the campaign funds come from.

To quote :

 “Raw milk is not inherently dangerous, as DATCP, the FDA and Big Ag would like you to believe.  But, as with all foods, it’s how it’s produced that matters. We little guys pasture our animals, feed and treat them organically, and many of us use no grains.  The Big Guys can’t do that.  They confine their animals, pump them full of hormones and antibiotics, and feed them garbage – literally, like bakery waste and distillers grains (the stuff left over after producing alcohol or ethanol).  That milk IS dangerous.  Our isn’t.  But as you can guess, it’s about control and monopolization.”

I consider this to be the real problem in our health care today; processed foods devoid of nutrition and filled with toxins resulting from industrialized corporate farming. 

I am also mobilizing support for Pat and Melissa Monchilovich of Cumberland, WI.  This too is wrong and is in direct violation of the state of Wisconsin Constitution, guaranteeing allodial property rights i.e., [absolute ownership.  Not bound to render service to any other body or person.] 

Premises ID is a contract conveying a change of title of ownership to the USDA acting as agent for the federal government.  It is a contractual surrendering and abandonment of private property and the allodial property rights of the sovereign individual. A report on their case is found here.

I am putting up on my website a petition that people can fill out, so we

can present it in Max’s and the Monchilovichs’ cases.  Please look for it

at:   www.robtaylorforsenate.com/farmers_need_us.php.

It will be there before 12 noon CST today 11/21/09. Please direct people

you know to it.

People can also email me their letters of support or concerns at:

rob.taylor@robtaylorforsenate.com

HR 778 IH…The fresh milk bill no one talks about

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ppjg-48 By: Marti Oakley  All rights reserved 

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thumbnailCA9AIVSBIt would appear earlier this year Rep. Ron Paul (R) Texas, introduced this simple bill into the record of the House.  Here we are in Mid-November, eleven months later……and not one co-sponsor or any action has been taken on this bill.  It is sitting idle in committee. 

While this bill lies unaddressed, northeastern dairy producers and northern plain’s states producers are under attack by hostile corporate raiders with what would appear to be the full compliance and facilitation of state and federal legislators, along with unlawfully empowered unelected bureaucracies which operate as the enforcement agencies for corporate interests

I find it more than odd that not ONE legislator at the federal level in those states where private and independent dairy operations are under attack from instate agencies, has lent their prestigious names to this appeal for consumer choice, evidently opting instead to allow this assault on individual rights and freedom. 

Corruption of government is never more apparent than when corporate pirates and raiders are invited to the table while the average citizen who will be adversely affected are kept out of the room.  

Of all the bills scheduled for the November 18, 2009 Fake food Safety mark-up…….this bill is not included for debate.  Go figure.   _______________________________________

SPEECH OF

HON. RON PAUL

OF TEXAS

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 28, 2009

INTRODUCTION OF LEGISLATION ALLOWING INTERSTATE SHIPMENT OF UNPASTEURIZED MILK — (Extensions of Remarks – January 28, 2009) More

Wisconsin: Dairy farmers told to remain silent

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0511-0904-2714-0784To: Wisconsin Dairy Farmers:

You might want to look into the anti-trust lawsuit filed in October of this year on behalf of dairy farmers in the northeast facing the same situations you are: and Wisconsin is mentioned in this suit.  Its not all that needs to be done, but it is a starting point and one I am sure no one told you about no matter how many times you hit the “donate” button. 

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In response to the alert listed below, sent to the Vice President of WICFA, a request was made to gather all the support we could for Wisconsin dairy farmers who have been relentlessly harassed by the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) and their constantly changing regulations that have no other intent than to disrupt the dairy farming industry in order to force compliance to unconstitutional and unlawful regulations.  Citizens Committee  link.

The PPJ Alliance took this seriously and we answered this call for support.  At the eleventh hour, this same organization sending this Action Alert out, and a national foundation along with a few locals…….pulled the rug out from under the dairy farmers and called off any public protest of DATCP and their police state policies.

I suspect there is far more to this than the dairy men are aware of.  No media, no news coverage, no public attention to what is happening?  And in fact, you were all told NOT to show up at a public meeting? 

It seems to me there is a possibility that something was in the works you dairy folk aren’t supposed to know about…….and now that we here at the PPJ acted on your behalf……it appears some are suggesting we be the targeted scapegoat for what could be a process still in negotiations……just waiting for the right time to drop the gavel. 

That’s just my opinion of course.  Time will tell.  For those who might believe they will use us to explain their failure to yield positive results…….we’re waiting. 

Marti Oakley

UPDATE:  It is being suggested by people who were not in attendance at the Madison meeting that those who were there raged, stomped their feet and acted irrationally. 

Those who were in attendance reported that the meeting was civil and well received…….there was no bad behavior exhibited by anyone on either side. More

The Secret to Compliance the Regulators Don’t Want Us to Know About; Slumbering with Regulators

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Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 12:51PM

The agriculture regulators who work so hard to prevent us from obtaining raw milk, or try insanely to register every chicken, goat, and horse in the country, like to think they hold the power to make us follow whatever crazy rules they come up with.

To a certain extent they can, but underneath their bravado, the regulators are well aware of an important truism: the public must be in general agreement for their regulations to work. Or, put another way, if those being regulated disapprove, they will find all kinds of ways around onerous regulations.

The National Animal Identification System (NAIS) is a case in point. The fact that the all-powerful U.S. Department of Agriculture, with the help of its lap dog state ag friends pushing as hard as they can, has been able to only gain one-third farmer compliance after five years of intensive effort on NAIS is testimony to the farm community’s resistance.

The reason USDA is suddenly pushing so hard on such things as “listening sessions” isn’t that the agency wants to gain feedback from farmers–it knows full well how much most hate NAIS–but rather the agency hopes to fool farmers into thinking they have a say. The Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund reported in a press release that at the first such listening session in Harrisburg, PA, Friday, 27 of 36 individuals who testified spoke against NAIS. I’m not going out on much of a limb to predict this effort will fail as fully as previous such efforts.

The real message here is that USDA is very worried that NAIS could collapse of its own unnecessary weight, and the active refusal of farmers to participate.

Implicit in comments from Sylvia Gibson and Hugh Betcha on my previous post, individuals are increasingly looking for ways around, between, or outside the regulatory meddling. They want to establish their farms and raise their herds and quietly market their raw milk or cheese or grass-fed beef outside the view of nosy and interfering regulators.

Last week, Lykke wondered if “farmers starting-up a raw milk business have adequate information from the various sources (government, university extension, farm advisors, advocacy groups). I hunt around the web and find so little about the process, best approaches (including how to navigate through the regulations, private lab tests, government testing programs, etc.).”

The obvious answer is that the establishment organizations don’t want farmers to have such information, since raw dairy production may offer them a way to raise themselves by their bootstraps, and Big Ag wouldn’t want that. But even if the USDA and state ag agencies decided they really wanted to economically help their constituencies, I venture it would take a lot of outreach to convince farmers to participate. Given the current regulation-happy approach, farmers are doing everything they can to stay off the radar screen, for fear of being registered, or even noticed.

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Speaking of regulators, thanks to Amanda Rose for her offer last week to host a book reading/slumber party at her place in California in early October in honor of my upcoming book about raw milk. And to Lykke and Concerned Person for offering support.

We should have some early copies of the book available. I’d like to second Amanda’s encouragement to the regulator types to partake. Despite all my tough talk, I don’t bite. And the book portrays some as real people with real concerns. Besides I can’t wait to see regulators in pajamas.

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