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PNS Daily News - December 13, 2019 


Brexit wins at the polls in the U.K.; major changes come to New England immigration courts today; and more than a million acres in California have been cleared for oil and gas drilling.

2020Talks - December 13, 2013  


The House passes legislation to reign in drug prices, Sen. Bernie Sanders is on the upswing, and entrepreneur Andrew Yang plays Iowa congressional candidate J.D. Scholten - who's running against long-time incumbent Steve King - in a game of basketball.

Room for the "Little Guy" in Federal Farm Law?

July 16, 2007


For many farmers, selling their produce can be a "David vs. Goliath" match-up. Their main buyers, the food processors, have been expanding and merging in recent years to the point where a few huge companies dominate the markets for key products like soybeans, cattle, pork, and poultry. Joe Logan with the Ohio Farmers Union says that leaves local farmers with very little negotiating power when they're selling to the big guys.

"Those are very, very large, in most cases, multi-national players, playing ball and trying to conduct a business proposition with a small farmer. And that's not a very even playing field."

He believes the next U.S. Farm Bill can help level that playing field, with contract laws that protect the rights of farmers, better enforcement of anti-trust laws, and a ban on food processors owning their own livestock

Logan has heard from farmers in Ohio and around the country, and he explains that all they want is a fair marketplace that gives them a shot at competing.

"They want to get their profitability from the marketplace and not from a government subsidy. But because of the consolidation that has occurred over the last several decades, there is very good reason to suspect that the market is not functioning as it was intended."

Rob Ferrett/Eric Mack, Public News Service - OH