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Originally posted by getreadyalready
I don't see how the USDA has any authority if nothing crossed state lines?
I am also pretty certain the Constitution of the US has provisions for excessive taxation.
I am also pretty certain that the rule they cite must have other caveats, because there are commercial breeders that sell a lot more than $500 worth of rabbits, so the line quoted can't be the entire rule.
In my opinion, it is going to be some stupid little nazi thing like this that ends our US government. They will eventually pull this crap on just the right family, with just the right connections, and all of their perceived authority will go out the window and the people will rise up united. It is only a matter of time before their intimidation tactics don't work, and their bunnies come home to roost!
The day of the small start up farmer finding a niche market is rapidly closing.
The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was signed into law by President Obama on January 4th, 2011. It aims to ensure the U.S. food supply is safe by shifting the focus of federal regulators from responding to contamination to preventing it....
Frequently Asked Questions
Produce Safety Rule
PS.1 How will FDA take into account the diversity in farms, growing practices, commodities, etc. in conducting the produce safety rulemaking that is required by the new law?
FDA recognizes the tremendous diversity in this industry, in size of operations, growing practices, growing conditions, and more. The regulations must provide for flexibility.
PS.2 What can farmers do right now to prepare for upcoming produce safety regulation and how will FDA help farmers understand and comply with the upcoming regulation?
While it will be some time before a regulation outlining produce safety requirements will be implemented, farmers can begin assessing their operations in terms of food safety right now. Another thing farmers can do is review FDA’s “Guidance for Industry: Guide to Minimize Microbial Food Safety Hazards for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables3” (also known as the “Good Agricultural Practices” or “GAPs” guide).
At FDA, we have found that a very important key to compliance in any regulation, and what we think needs to happen first in implementing produce safety standards, is education and outreach. There will be considerable effort to develop standardized training programs to help farmers reach the standards FDA will be looking for in the growing and harvesting of produce.
PS.3 How will farmers get this information?
There will be considerable outreach to help producers implement upcoming produce safety standards. FDA is actively working with USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service and Cornell University in a cooperative effort called the Produce Safety Alliance that you’ll be hearing a lot about in the months to come. We will consider collaboration and input from our stakeholders, including academia, industry, and consumers, as an integral part of the success in putting together a meaningful education campaign in this area and ensuring understanding of and compliance with the regulations that will be issued....
Originally posted by incrediblelousminds
Originally posted by crimvelvet
The AVERAGE age of US farmers is over 55. That means many are Vietnam vets.
I'm sorry, but what?
Your math does not add. Might as well say many are hippies, or rednecks, or internet bloggers.
US Environmental Protection Agency
...As the U.S. farm population has dwindled, the average age of farmers continues to rise. In fact, about forty percent of the farmers in this country are 55 years old or older (Bureau of Labor Statistics). The graying of the farm population has led to concerns about the long-term health of family farms as an American institution..... www.epa.gov...
...It has been estimated that living expenses for the average farm family exceed $47,000 per year. Clearly, many farms that meet the U.S. Census' definition would not produce sufficient income to meet farm family living expenses. In fact, fewer than 1 in 4 of the farms in this country produce gross revenues in excess of $50,000.
Grain Prices Surge as U.S. Cuts Crop Estimates, Signal Tighter Food Supply
...Corn and soybeans jumped to the highest prices since July 2008 and wheat rose after the government cut forecasts for U.S. inventories, signaling tighter food supply as demand increases and adverse weather hurts crops.
Production of corn in the U.S., the world’s largest grain exporter, dropped 4.9 percent last year and will leave supply before the 2011 harvest at the lowest in 15 years, the Department of Agriculture said today. The agency also cut its estimate of the soybean crop by 1.4 percent and said domestic wheat inventories will be 16 percent less than a year earlier....
“There’s no room for error anymore” on farms around the world, said Dan Basse, the president of AgResouce Co., a commodity consultant in Chicago. “With any weather issues, we’re going to make new all-time highs in corn and soybeans, and to a lesser degree, wheat futures.”
“The pressure is acute, in terms of planting fence row to fence row, and really getting the message out to farmers that they need to be planting up their front yards,” Basse said today on a conference call with reporters and analysts. .....
LET THEM EAT GRASS
...The consolidation and concentration in agriculture has been ongoing since the founding of this country....
This has happened in every segment of farming. “Get big, or get out” has been the mantra of agencies and corporations for half a century. In 1980, there were over 117,000 dairy farms in the US. Today there are less than 65,000. In 1980, we had 666,000 hog farms. Today there are 71,000. In 1980, there were 1.9 million cattle ranchers. Today there are 900,000. The same applies to the growing of produce and grains. There are no statistics specifically geared toward diversified agriculture, but the last ag census showed that farms with less than $10,000 per year income grew in number while the others all fell. According to USDA statistics, we now have a total of less than one percent of the entire population engaged in agriculture.
Instead, we have increased our imports in produce to a phenomenal 68% in fruits and vegetables. Less than 1% of these are inspected by the agencies charged with “keeping” our food safe....
When less than 1% of the population is engaged in feeding the entire population and those being fed don’t actively, and positively support the one percent, then the 99% should be happy when they are left to feed themselves....When Marie Antoinette was told that the peasants were threatening revolt because they had no bread, she said, “Let them eat cake.”
When we are faced with rampant hunger because of the regulatory, financial, trade and foreign policies of the past 100 or so years, those of us who have been crying from the roof tops for people to take an interest in what really sustains them may be very well justified in saying, “Let them eat grass.” Remember, No Farmers, No Food.
Almost nine months after a Missouri dairy was ordered to stop selling cheese made from raw milk,
If they don’t pay that fine, they could face additional fines of almost $4 million.
The law is the law that is fair enough. They broke the law and must be punished! The real issue and the problem here is the severity of the penalty....
...At 5:00 AM on September 12, 2006, Cindi and Danny Henshaw were awakened by their local Virginia game warden, who arrested Danny on an apparently trumped up Class 2 Misdemeanor charge and took him from his Willis River Hunting preserve for supposedly, “operating a mammalian hunting enclosure without a permit.” As soon as Danny was out of the way, 9 SUV’s and pickups, 4 wheelers, and numerous heavily armed agents entered the Henshaw property with a Quarantine Order and began shooting Henshaw’s hogs and sheep with 12 gauge shotguns. Some 270 shell casings were also found....
....Danny was released from custody in 2 hours and allowed to return to the farm where he and Cindi were controlled around the clock by armed guards from September 12th through September 22nd....
Linda Faillace's Mad Sheep is a tragic tale—tragic for the lives of those poor sheep, tragic for the shattered hopes of a family, but above all tragic for America...
In the mid-1990s Linda and Larry Faillace had a dream: they wanted to breed sheep and make cheese on their Vermont farm. They did the research, worked hard, followed the rules, and, after years of preparation and patience, built a successful, entrepreneurial business.
But just like that, their dream turned into a nightmare. The U.S. Department of Agriculture told them that the sheep they imported from Europe (with the USDA's seal of approval) carried a disease similar to the dreaded BSE or "mad cow disease." After months of surveillance--which included USDA agents spying from nearby mountaintops and comically hiding behind bushes--armed federal agents seized their flock. The animals were destroyed, the Faillace's lives turned upside down, all so that the USDA could show the U.S. meat industries that they were protecting America from mad cow disease--and by extension, easing fears among an increasingly wary population of meat-eaters.
Mad Sheep is the account of one family's struggle against a bullying and corrupt government agency that long ago abandoned the family farmer to serve the needs of corporate agriculture and the industrialization of our food supply....
...Linda heard that there was more information at the USDA and used the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to request data from the USDA. Two weeks after the request, the FOIA revealed four hundred negative results on sheep, including additional negative tests on the four sheep that Rubenstein and the USDA claimed were positive!jmyarlott.com...
Originally posted by phatpackage
reply to post by burntheships
The law is the law that is fair enough. They broke the law and must be punished! The real issue and the problem here is the severity of the penalty. That is way to excessive! There should be a penalty imposed on them but it should be representative of the indiscretion only! Up to 4 mill or even 90,000 is way too excessive! The fine should be calculated around the tax payable figure which would be in the hundreds only! That would be fair for both sides!
Isn't this what the Germans and all of the other tyrannical governments said in order to justify the murder of innocents?