USDA Secretary Perdue Betrays His Disdain for Family-Scale Farmers Again

USDA Secretary Perdue made comments at the World Dairy Expo this week that have inflamed family-scale dairy producers across the country: Small dairies and other family-scale farms support rural areas with food and local investment. They are a critical part of the fabric of the rural United States. Many small dairy farmers transitioned to organic… Read more »

Origin of Livestock Rule Crawls Through Regulatory Mire

The crisis in organic dairy is ongoing, with many family scale organic farms barely staying afloat or already out of business. Source: Taylor Bennett, Flickr Ethical farmers believe this crisis is perpetuated by differing applications of the “origin of livestock” rules in the organic standards. And some certifiers do appear to allow their dairy clients… Read more »

Frank Coelho on the Organic Milk Industry in California

Mark Kastel visited Frank Coelho’s farm this spring when he was doing the investigation of the Fagundes Brothers dairy near Modesto.  While Fagundes Brothers were confining their 3000 cows in feedlots that were truly filthy (see our photo gallery) the Coelho family had their 450 cows out on grass — proving you can do organics… Read more »