Competition & Anti-trust


Congresswomen Hold Briefing to Raise Awareness about Anti-Competitive GIPSA Rider

June 5, 2015

On Wednesday, June 3, Congresswomen Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) and Chellie Pingree (D-ME) held a briefing for congressional staff and press to raise the awareness about the “GIPSA rider” in advance of likely House Agriculture Appropriations Committee action to advance the rider. The GIPSA rider has blocked USDA from finalizing rules of the road for the […]

What’s all the Flapping About: What do HBO’s John Oliver, Chicken Farmers, and Congress have in Common?

May 29, 2015

There has been a lot of social media buzz lately about a piece on HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver about the plight of chicken farmers (note: does contain adult language, please use discretion) who raise birds on behalf of large integrators, aka the chicken companies (Tyson, Pilgrims Pride, Perdue, and JBS) who own […]

Final Budget Bill Guts Conservation Funding and Farmer Protections

December 11, 2014

Late on December 9, Congress released their final annual appropriations bill to keep the government running for the rest of the fiscal year, and while there is some good news, overall it’s bleak news for sustainable agriculture – complete with drastic cuts to critical conservation programs and anti-farmer policy riders that favor big livestock integrators over actual […]

Congress Extends 2014 Funding Levels through December 11

September 19, 2014

On Thursday, September 18, the Senate passed a short-term funding extension, known as a “continuing resolution” (CR), to fund the federal government through December 11.  The CR extends fiscal year (FY) 2014 funding levels as well as policy provisions known as appropriations “riders.”  The House passed this temporary funding measure earlier this week, and the […]

Farm Aid 2014: Making Policy Connections on North Carolina Farms

September 18, 2014

Decisions that legislators make in Washington, DC have real impacts on the ground in communities and on farms around the country.  On Friday, September 12, 2014, several NSAC staff members toured several farms in and around Raleigh, North Carolina hosted by Farm Aid (an NSAC member) ahead of their 2014 Farm Aid Benefit Concert.  The […]

4 Important Policy Decisions that Will Impact Farmers, Food, and the Environment in 2015

September 5, 2014

Taking a look at Congress’ work over the next few months, here are four appropriations decisions that will have a major impact on farmers, food, and the environment.

Tyson Hillshire Merger Deserves DOJ Scrutiny

July 30, 2014

On July 16, Tyson food, Inc. (Tyson) announced a hostile takeover of Hillshire Brands Co. (Hillshire) with the hope that the Department of Justice (DOJ) would quickly approve the merger. On July 24, NSAC along with 81 other like-minded organizations wrote a letter opposing a quick review and asking for DOJ to undertake a more […]

Farmers, the 4th, and Fair Food System Action

July 3, 2014

As our country stands ready to celebrate our independence – many of us with a well-deserved day off – let’s take a moment to tip our hats to the folks who will still be working: farmers. Our farmers, ranchers, and growers work 365 days a year, rain or shine.  They grow our fruits and vegetables, […]

Whither the 2015 Agriculture Funding Process?

June 20, 2014

On Thursday, June 19, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) postponed consideration of the Senate’s three-part spending package for Agriculture, Commerce-Justice-Science, and Transportation-Housing and Urban Development for fiscal year 2015.  The Senate began consideration of the FY 2015 appropriations package on Tuesday, and was scheduled to begin to voting on amendments on Thursday.  However, Majority […]

GIPSA Rider is Anti-Farmer and Anti-Free Market

June 17, 2014

The full House may soon be considering its FY 2015 agriculture appropriations bill (HR4800) that contains a legislative rider that is anti-farmer and anti-free market.  In addition to the two specific issues discussed in the previous blog post that are the topic for an important floor amendment, the GIPSA rider contained in the House bill […]

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