Press release: Montana rancher pleased with parts of Farm Bill – Feb. 4, 2014

February 4, 2014

Categories: Agriculture, Legislature, News, Northern Plains Resource Council

MONTANA RANCHER PLEASED WITH PARTS OF FARM BILL

By Northern Plains Resource Council

BILLINGS, Mont. — The Farm Bill, which passed the House last week, passed the Senate today after years of gridlock and piecemeal extensions. Though this Farm Bill continues many problematic policies for family-scale farming, important provisions of Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) and Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Act (GIPSA) remain intact despite concerted efforts by industry to remove them through back-room deals.

COOL and GIPSA are both ways to protect independent farmers and livestock producers from corporate monopoly control of the market. Country of Origin Labeling will require meat be labeled where the product was born, raised and slaughtered. The GIPSA rule regulates meatpacking monopolies to ensure open competitive markets in the meat industry.

“We have been working so hard to let the voices of independent producers be heard over the loud racket made by the monopolists’ lobbying firms,” said Ressa Charter, a rancher near Shepherd and member of Northern Plains Resource Council. “It’s nice to finally have success on such an important bill for not just us, but all of the consumers who rely on us. Now we have certainty, market protection, and an improved working relationship with our representatives in D.C. I hope this victory starts a process to pass a subsequent Farm Bill that will start to reverse the trend of centralization and monopolization of food production and revitalize the agricultural foundations of our economy.”

Northern Plains Resource Council is a conservation and family agriculture group that organizes Montana citizens to protect water quality, family farms and ranches, and Montana’s unique of life.

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