Smithfield-Murphy Brown’s loss: One judge got it right

Gary Baise Commentaries Smithfield-Murphy Brown’s loss: One judge got it right Judge Agee’s dissent in this court case loss should be read by all lawyers defending large-scale livestock farms. One of the three circuit judges in the Smithfield Murphy-Brown court case loss (reported here last week) was Steven Agee, a former justice of the Supreme Court…

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Smithfield’s court loss may spell trouble for large-scale livestock farmers

Gary Baise Commentaries Smithfield’s court loss may spell trouble for large-scale livestock farmers The agricultural world changed on November 19, 2020, and few in our business noticed. Murphy-Brown, a subsidiary of Smithfield Foods, lost a major case on November 19, 2020. With Thanksgiving activities and election allegations, little attention was paid to this loss other…

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Climate 21 Project transition memo outlines priorities for new USDA secretary.

Gary Baise Commentaries This memo could offer clues to future Biden climate policies Climate 21 Project transition memo outlines priorities for new USDA secretary. Robert Bonnie, former Under-Secretary at USDA, along with Leslie Jones, former Deputy Undersecretary at USDA, and Meryl Harrell, former Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary for Natural Resources and the Environment…

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California’s Prop 12 goes to court – again

Gary Baise Commentaries California’s Prop 12 goes to court – again If the rule is allowed U.S. hog farms will be subject to out-of-state auditors and inspectors. An 8,000-word brief on behalf of hog producers was filed Jan. 14 by the National Pork Producers Council and the American Farm Bureau in the U.S. Court of…

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What you should know about Biden’s net-zero ag emissions manifesto

Gary Baise Commentaries What you should know about Biden’s net-zero ag emissions manifesto Get to know Robert Bonnie, one of the leading voices in Biden’s climate change strategy. According to recommendations in the Biden-Sanders unity task force document published last summer, “Democrats will partner with farmers to make the American agriculture sector the first in the world…

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Joe Biden

Gary Baise Commentaries Biden-Sanders Unity Task Force recommendations: What about ag? Large livestock farms may get new scrutiny in Biden climate policies. With the presidential inauguration of former vice president Joe Biden expected this month, it is time to look at how the future president may treat agriculture. Let’s start with Biden’s and Vermont Sen.…

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That $900 billion stimulus package includes pork – lots of it

Gary Baise Commentaries That $900 billion stimulus package includes pork – lots of it Congress has no problem spending money on agriculture — or gender studies in Pakistan Congress has passed, and the President has signed, the $900 billion stimulus package. There’s a lot of pork in the bill, and it includes USDA. What is…

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Agricultural workers win overtime case

Gary Baise Commentaries Agricultural workers win overtime case The Supreme Court for the state of Washington found on November 5, 2020, that a Washington State provision exempting agricultural workers from overtime pay violated the state’s constitution. Dan Wood, executive director, Washington State Dairy Federation, noted that many farms paid $18 -$20 an hour for all…

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Farmers should applaud this air emissions rule

Gary Baise Commentaries Farmers should applaud this air emissions rule Amid a burst of last-minute moves, the Trump administration tries to limit tougher clean air measures. December 7, 1941 – a date that will live in infamy – is remembered for Japan attacking the United States. Another momentous decision made on this date which will…

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USDA Building, Washington, DC

Gary Baise Commentaries Who is Marcia Fudge for USDA Secretary? The Ohio congresswoman once called President Trump a “clear and present danger to our Democracy.” The Ohio congresswoman once called President Trump a “clear and present danger to our Democracy.” President-Select Biden is considering a Congresswoman for USDA Secretary who last year read a letter…

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