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Killing America’s wildlife: Our cattle ranchers are next

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Reported by: Marti Oakley

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Secretary "Sally" probably peeing his pants over this one!

Bloody Ken Salizar (Sally), head of the Department of the Interior and his goon squad, The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) are now considering expanding their slaughter of wild and protected animals, in the Western States.  Apparently, slaughtering America’s wild horse herds isn’t enough. In conjunction with the USDA, another of those privately owned federal corporations that works against the public while telling us that their assaults on agriculture is good for us, Secretary “Sally” is contemplating butchering 400 wild bison that have ventured out of Yellowstone Park in search of food due to the harsh winter. The USDA is eager to help; supplying all the false science they can conceivably come up with to justify killing off another irreplaceable herd of wild animals.  More

NAIS: Still the greatest threat to family ranchers and herders

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In response to the refusal of so many agricultural land owners to enter into the contract with state agencies that had taken bribe money euphemistically referred to as “co-operative funding” from the USDA, the state agencies began a campaign of extortion and coercion against agricultural land owners, withholding licensing, conducting swat team raids and destroying family businesses and lives. 

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The National Animal Identification System (NAIS) proposed by the USDA a few years back, resulted in a bitterly fought battle between government and livestock producers across the country. Most saw the hidden agenda for this theft of agricultural land and the attempts to also create “national herds”; depriving livestock owners of their property and relegating them to the status of “stakeholders”; meaning they owned nothing and only had an interest in, the livestock in question.  USDA, claiming the system was needed if they were to be able to quickly “trace back” the source of contaminated animal products versus, livestock producers who knew there was already a more than adequate system in place across the  country to do this very thing; one that had proven time again to be more than adequate.  It was this knowledge that an efficient system was already in place that tipped off the producers, and even those of us who aren’t producers, that something else was afoot.  Whatever that something was, we all knew that some other issue was at stake and there were those who were waiting in the wings to profit from it.  

Now, don’t get to thinking NAIS went away, because it didn’t.  As we reported last spring:

A March 2, 2010 Agriculture Committee hearing televised live on CSPAN gives a clear picture of what’s ahead for domestic farmers, ranchers and herders in the US..  Deputy Secretary Kathleen A. Merrigan cheerfully announced the “new age of enforcement” citing the intent to increase “risk assessment and better surveillance”.  In other words……based on only their assumption there might be a problem but with no real cause or evidence, the USDA in cooperation with bought and paid for state agriculture departments that took bribe money to implement the USDA business plans for creating a police state, USDA is stepping up its assault on domestic farming and ranching.” More

Vilsack announces new budget for 2011 for USDA…..and a new plan of assault on America’s farmers and herders:Part 1

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by: Marti Oakley (c)copyright 2010 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Vilsack alludes to the fact that USDA will establish “partnerships” between state and federal government.  These partnerships are necessary as Title 7 of the US Code is non-positive law.  This means Title 7 Agriculture, has never been codified into law and is not enforceable on the federal level as agriculture is not in the enumerated powers of the federal government. 

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A March 2, 2010 Agriculture Committee hearing televised live on CSPAN gives a clear picture of what’s ahead for domestic farmers, ranchers and herders in the US..  Deputy Secretary Kathleen A. Merrigan cheerfully announced the “new age of enforcement” citing the intent to increase “risk assessment and better surveillance”.  In other words……based on only their assumption there might be a problem but with no real cause or evidence, the USDA in cooperation with bought and paid for state agriculture departments that took bribe money to implement the USDA business plans for creating a police state, USDA is stepping up its assault on domestic farming and ranching. 

One way or another, the seizure of privately owned agricultural property is going to take place; the USDA will seize control of the US food supply. More

CFS claims victory while Roundup Ready alfalfa gets ready for 2010 planting

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By Barbara H. Peterson

Farm Wars

While the Center for Food Safety (CFS) does its victory dance claiming that it won the Supreme Court genetically modified alfalfa (GM) case, and no GM alfalfa will be forthcoming any time soon, the Roundup Ready seed is already sitting in the wings ready to be planted. The House of Representatives just sent a letter asking Agriculture Secretary Vilsack to allow planting for the fall 2010 season. I guess they figure approval is a done deal, so why waste time, eh?  More

Beef Checkoff declares independence

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By Alan Guebert / Columnist | Posted: Saturday, June 26, 2010 10:30 pm

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In a toughly worded statement last week, the executive committee of the Cattlemen’s Beef Board, the group created by Congress to collect and oversee the $1-per-head beef checkoff, served notice that it strongly backed the independence of the Federation of State Beef Councils in the debate over the checkoff’s future.

“The Federation,” noted the CBB “should be separate from any policy organization… The checkoff is owned by, and responsible to, all producers and importers, and no specific organization.”

The declaration of independence was aimed directly at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. For almost two years NCBA has been designing and debating a massive “governance” plan to pull state beef councils under its meatpacker-dominated umbrella.

Several state councils, who, by law, control 50 percent of all checkoff funds (the Cattlemen’s Beef Board controls the other half), view the plan as little more than a NCBA grab for a chunk of the $80 million or so per year checkoff. More

A Summary and Wrap Up of the Iowa Ag Competition Hearings

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ANTI_TRUST & COMPTETITION POLICY BLOG

Posted by Peter Carstensen     March 15, 2010

“Little was said about dairy (the subject of a session in Wisconsin in June), poultry contracts (subject of a session in Alabama in May) or the status of Capper-Volstead”

The DOJ-USDA Session on Agricultural Competition–March 12, Ankeny, Iowa

Farmers were instrumental in forcing the adoption of the Sherman Act and they remain one of the most interested and commitment constituencies for antitrust. The turnout at the session was substantial with estimates of the audience ranging from over 650 to more than 800. As one speaker put in, “I have never seen so many people interested in antitrust law except lawyers getting CLE credits.” Another sign of interest is that interested parties have filed more than 15,000 comments related to these workshops (available at the DOJ web site).

Attorney General Holder and Secretary of Agriculture Vilsack each emphasized a commitment to competition and to addressing competitive issues in markets involving agriculture. This is the first real cooperation between the agencies each of which has significant actual or potential authority to affect competition. Also present was a representation of the CFTC who signaled that agency’s commitment. Conspicuously absent was the FTC which has authority over retail grocery issues as well as all processed food production except meat and dairy products. When, after several comments about competitive issues resulting from retailer and general grocery manufacturer buyers power, the question of FTC absence was addressed the organizers said the FTC would be “invited” to the final meeting in DC in December. Informal conversation suggested to me that the FTC has signaled disinterest in these proceedings. I hope that is not true as it would mean a major gap in enforcement. More

SECRETARY VILSACK ANNOUNCES DETAILS AND OBJECTIVES OF USDA’S OFFICE OF ENVIRONMENTAL MARKETS

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What the hell is the USDA, a dysfunctional and non-relevant agency, unable to perform or meet its basic functions doing in environmental markets?  This is nothing more than a smoke screen for seizing agricultural lands and property under the guise of environmental concerns.  And how can they rationalize the biodiversity goal when they have helped facilitate and end biodiversity via their collusion with bio-pirates such as Monsanto?   Marti

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WASHINGTON, March 10, 2010–Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced new details about the functions and objectives of USDA’s Office of Environmental Markets (OEM). OEM, now part of USDA’s Natural Resources and Environment mission area, will work to carry out USDA’s climate and rural revitalization goals by supporting the development of emerging markets for carbon, water quality, wetlands and biodiversity.

“Environmental markets leverage private investments that result in cleaner air, improved water quality, restored wetlands, and enhanced wildlife habitat,” said Vilsack. “These markets have the potential to become a new economic driver for rural America, exactly what we need to support a bold, creative future for America’s farmers, ranchers and rural communities.” More

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