Crawford Stewardship Project works to protect the environment of Crawford County and neighboring regions from threats of polluting and extractive industries, to promote sustainable land use, environmental justice, and local control of natural resources
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“We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.” ~Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac
"CAFOs are only profitable because so much of the cost and damage is externalized onto the environment, neighbors and wildlife. The monitoring, supervision, clean-up, restitution, fines are not happening, thus the true cost of CAFOs never find the way onto the balance books." Talking point from the CAFO Conference.
“A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.”
~Aldo Leopold, 1948. A Sand County Almanac.
Mark your calendar for Wisconsin's DOJ Workshop, June 25, 2010 - Madison, http://www.justice.gov/atr/public/workshops/ag2010/index.htm
The U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will hold a series of joint public workshops to explore competition issues affecting the agricultural sector in the 21st century and the appropriate role for antitrust and regulatory enforcement in that industry. Discussion topics may include concentration, marketplace transparency and vertical integration in the dairy industry.
The Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced additional details regarding what should be a major event, the June 25 public workshop in Madison, Wis., which will examine competition and regulatory issues in the dairy industry. The workshop will be held from 9 A.M. to 6 P.M. in the Union Theater at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, 800 Langdon Street, Madison, Wis.
The goals of the workshops are to promote dialogue among interested parties and foster learning with respect to the appropriate legal and economic analyses of these issues, as well as to listen to and learn from parties with experience in the agriculture sector. Attendance at the workshops is free and open to the public. The general public and media interested in attending the Wisconsin workshop should register at www.surveymonkey.com/s/V3FHXPY
Need to prep before the event? Family Farm Defenders is holding some great workshops around this event starting at noon Thursday, June 24, a potluck, and more in the evening. Visit their website for details: familyfarmdefenders.org
Report on the First Workshop
Did something historic happen in Ankeny, Iowa, on Friday, March 12, or was it much ado about nothing? Over 700 farmers, ranchers and concerned rural citizens from at least a dozen states gathered at the Des Moines Area Community College's FFA Enrichment Center for the first in a series of agricultural antitrust and competition policy workshops hosted by the Justice Department and USDA.
It is difficult to believe that USDA and Justice cannot recognize that the seed industry, not to mention meatpacking and myriad other agricultural markets, is deeply and fundamentally dysfunctional and anticompetitive. Certainly the family farmers and ranchers in Ankeny that day knew it.
Attorney General Eric Holder called it a "milestone" event. "I do not use 'milestone' lightly. Not once has the Departments of Justice and Agriculture come together to discuss regulatory issues in this industry," Holder said.
Whether the workshop in Ankeny was a dog-and-pony show or history in the making won't be determined by what was said there, however, but by whether Secretary Vilsack and Attorney General Holder choose to stand with family farmers, ranchers and rural communities, or just maintain the status quo.
Missouri farmer and state Senator Wes Shoemyer summed up the day by saying, "We've waited a long time for justice in the heartland." I couldn't say it better myself.
For a more detailed report on the DOJ workshop: contact John Crabtree,