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Wednesday 08/29/12

Walmart Joins Field to Market Group
Walmart has officially joined the Field to Market initiative to map out sustainability efforts within agriculture and the food sector.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 2:28PM CDT 08/29/12 by Chris Clayton | Post a Comment
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Now, many of your strongest "Natural/Organic" Activists are not going to like this. However, if Wal-Mart squarely puts it's enormous resources behind creating opportunities for small Farmers, who ARE most likely going the "Indie" Farming route, then this could be a very positive development. I'm not ready to go all "Pollyanna" on this, as it could as easily be another "Boardroom Cakewalk". With all the good this could do, it would be "betrayingly" sad if the Small and Family Farmers were left standing after the music stops.
Posted by Ric Ohge at 3:19PM CDT 08/29/12
The supermarts of the world have led in the destruction of "field to market" type marketing. Now we are dumb enough to eat their B. S. Dangle a carrot in front of a horse long enough and it will bite.
Posted by Bonnie Dukowitz at 6:58PM CDT 08/29/12
Suppose we'll just have to wait to see what this all means. Ms Thomas's corporate bafflegab makes me a bit uneasy. Could be just one more step toward the new feudalism.
Posted by Campbell Ian at 9:35AM CDT 08/30/12
Well, Bonnie, in practice I likely lean to your viewpoint. For once, I'm hoping that Wal-Mart's hunger for expanded hegemony outweighs their preexisting conventions. There IS a huge potential Market in a fast deployment of a real "Local-To-Market system that invites Local Growers, Livestock Producers and Processors like Dairies, Mills and Farm connected Bakeries and such. Is Wal-Mart astute enough, savvy enough and able to fast deploy this sufficiently enough to beat the other market forces at work? They've got the Resources, the Farmers and Rural Communities would love it-IF and only if Wal-Mart has the will do follow through. "Aye...there's the rub..."
Posted by Ric Ohge at 9:36AM CDT 08/30/12

Tuesday 08/28/12

Ag Groups United on Farm Bill
The coalition "Farm Bill Now" has grown to 46 agricultural groups that will push leaders of the House of Representatives to bring the House Agriculture Committee's bill to the floor for a debate and vote. The House has eight working days left in Washington until the current bill expires.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 8:40PM CDT 08/28/12 by Chris Clayton | Post a Comment
Comments (2)
Yep...all the Big Ag Groups want their's now. The specter of the Pork commodities going into rendering mode has them wetting themselves. After all, they PROMISED if everyone would play nice with the Commodities System, they'd reap great rewards. Of course, under the delusion they were actually part of the 1%, they hadn't counted on the REAL 1% gambling on the drought and other disasters in the Derivatives Market, thereby pushing a troubled planting season into total meltdown. But fear not, the Banksters, Gangsters and Shills are busy buying up all the Farms going into foreclosure across the nation...maybe since they've made trillions of dollars with this scheme, unchecked by any Government oversight, they'll generously donate those Farms back to their ruined owners...right?
Posted by Ric Ohge at 10:42AM CDT 08/29/12
Your scenario is right on with dairy industry. As small mom and pop dairies are bankrupt, the large corporate is adding on and buying up farms. This group has connected themselves to the gov and fears nothing. Perfect example is the southeast anti trust dairy case. Gov turns blind eye because these guys have money to give to their campaign. That's the American way. People say gov should get out, that's hogwash also. Gov needs people to uphold the laws and keep businesses from breaking law. There is no environment where people are honest and act fairly in supply and demand. If gov will not enforce laws then you have what you see right now everyday.
Posted by Frank Thomas at 7:06AM CDT 08/30/12
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