USFRA Promotes Agribusiness, Not Farmers | National Family Farm Coalition

By | January 6, 2017

Being in a supermarket, picking up a piece of produce and wondering, where does this come from? …My Facebook feed is flooded with what I should eat and what I should avoid…I mac don’t know what to believe.”film The Discovery download

That, says Oscar-winning director James Moll in a recent interview, is cheap oakleys sunglasses what inspired him to create his new documentary, Farmland. The film was made with the financial support of the U.S. Farmers cheap nfl jerseys shop and Ranchers Alliance, or USFRA. (See Jim Goodman’s review at Civil Eats).

The USFRA was created in 2011 as a trade association uniting Big Ag corporations (such as Monsanto, Cargill and DuPont Pioneer) and marketing groups for commodities (including corn, soybeans, beef and pork). Take note: some of these groups are farmer-funded, but in reality, farmers have no choice but to fund them, and it is often at their own expense.

Major commodity marketing groups, such as National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and National Pork Producers Association, are funded through check-off taxes. Check-offs are mandatory taxes paid Cheap Jordan Shoes by farmers per unit sold at market (or to processors) and collected by the USDA. For instance, a cattle rancher pays $1 for every head of cattle he/she sells, and every time that animal is sold, $1 gets paid wholesale football jerseys as a check-off tax.

Let’s dig a little deeper into the realities of check-off funds. Take the ongoing battle around Country of Origin Labeling (COOL), which would require meatpackers to state where their products were raised, cheap jordan shoes slaughtered and

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