Coalition working to derail ‘King amendment’

A coalition of more than 80 organizations, led by the Humane Society of the United States, is fighting to keep the so-called “King amendment” out of a final farm bill. The amendment, which was introduced by Iowa Congressman Steve King, is part of the House farm bill. The provision would prohibit states from regulating the… Read more »

Vandals go after Iowa’s butter cow

The iconic butter cow sculpture at the Iowa State Fair was doused in red paint by vandals sometime early Sunday.  But the damage was quickly scraped away and washed away, and Iowa secretary of agriculture Bill Northey says visitors to the fair on Sunday never even knew the sculpture had been damaged. “Everything was back… Read more »

Survey: Women don’t trust alarmist food messages

A national online survey of women finds most don’t trust alarmist warnings from the government or media about the nation’s food supply or health issues. The Independent Women’s Forum conducted the poll and found that women are least swayed by warnings from the federal government and activist groups – instead, relying on their friends, families… Read more »

HSUS’ Pacelle returning to Nebraska

The controversial head of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), Wayne Pacelle, will be in Lincoln Thursday for a forum on humane and sustainable farming. Whenever Pacelle visits the state, it stirs up talk of a possible HSUS ballot initiative—but Pacelle says that’s not the purpose of his visit. “We’ve been very, very… Read more »

An update on the sow housing issue–part 2

In part 1 of our interview with Dallas Hockman, director of industry affairs with the National Pork Producers Council, we talked about his discussions with those restaurant, grocery and food service chains that have called for the elimination of sow gestation stalls from their supply chains—and how some of them are now realizing that the… Read more »

An update on the sow housing issue–part 1

Dallas Hockman is the director of industry affairs with the National Pork Producers Council.  For the past few months, Hockman has been meeting with various restaurant, grocery and food service chains that have called for the elimination of sow gestation stalls from their supply chains.  At the recent World Pork Expo in Des Moines, Hockman… Read more »

King hopes anti-HSUS amendment will survive

Iowa Representative Steve King was successful in attaching his “Protect Interstate Commerce Act” to the House Ag Committee’s farm bill.  And King says he will fight to keep that language in the bill once it hits the House floor, and eventually, a House-Senate conference committee. The amendment would bar states from imposing their own animal… Read more »

HSUS plans Nebraska events

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) will hold an open forum in Lincoln, Nebraska on June 27th to discuss humane and sustainable farming. The event, which will feature HSUS president and CEO Wayne Pacelle, will take place at the Cornhusker Hotel starting at 6:00 p.m. The following day, Friday the 28th, HSUS will… Read more »

MO lawmakers pass Right to Farm measure

The Missouri legislature has approved the much-debated Right to Farm proposed constitutional amendment that will now go to voters next year. The Senate passed the measure Tuesday, after language* was added back in to protect the rights of local governments to govern farms and ranches as already granted them in the state constitution. Missouri Farm… Read more »

‘Egg bill’ not part of Senate Farm Bill draft

The initial draft of the Senate Farm Bill, released on Thursday, does not include the so-called “egg bill” language dictating cage size for egg-laying hens.  It confirms earlier speculation that Senate Ag Committee chair Debbie Stabenow would drop her plan to include the controversial provision in the farm bill markup. But National Cattlemen’s Beef Association… Read more »