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In Motion Magazine Index by Region



High Performing High Minority Elementary Schools:
Where are they located and what do they have in common?
by Tiffany Anderson
Eureka, Missouri


Representing Farmers in Hard Financial Times
We must change federal farms and food policy
Roger Allison
Columbia, Missouri


The Vice President's Clean Water Initiatives
"We must regulate these industrial-sized livestock
factories that create industrial-sized waste."
Roger Allison,
Columbia, Missouri


"You Don't Miss the Water 'till the Well Runs Dry"
- Sustaining Our Communities, Building Our Future Together
Roger Allison,
Chillicothe, Missouri

When The Well Runs Dry
Analysis of the water resource depletion caused by the corporate swine industry in Missouri and other parts of the central U.S.A.
Roger Allison
Howard County, Missouri


What a Good President Would Do --
That Would Really Help Family Farmers

by Darvin Bentlage, Barton County, Missouri
Garry Klicker,
Davis County, Iowa
Darwyn Bach,
Yellow Medicine County, Minnesota


Court Rules Pork Checkoff Unconstitutional
The Checkoff’s days are numbered
“This is a big victory for family farmers and for democracy in America.”
Campaign For Family Farms
Cincinnati, Ohio


Pork Checkoff is Unconstitutional!
"A huge victory for independent family farmers"
Campaign for Family Farms
Columbia, Missouri


Hog Wars
T
he Corporate Grab for Control of the Hog Industry and How Citizens Are Fighting Back
Part 1 - Missouri was corporate agriculture's dream state
Part 2 - An unprecedented family farm-environmentalist alliance takes hold
Part 3 - Democracy from the state government and responsibility from the mega-corps
by Patty Cantrell, Rhonda Perry & Paul Sturtz,
Columbia, Missouri


The Environment (. . . and factory farms)
Waste -- Odor / Gases / Air -- Water / Soil --
Food Safety Concerns --Animal Welfare
by Patty Cantrell, Rhonda Perry & Paul Sturtz
Columbia, Missouri


U.S. family farm leader Bill Christison
details negative impacts of GMOs
Interview by Nic Paget-Clarke
Chillicothe, Missouri


"Farmers have a tremendous amount to gain by working with environmental groups"
Bill Christison,
Albuquerque, New Mexico


Food Safety:
Biodiversity / Fair Prices / Fair Trade
Bill Christison,
Chicago, Illinois


Family Farmers Warn of Dangers of Genetically Engineered Crops
National farm leader addresses 1st international grassroots gathering
on genetic engineering, patenting of seeds

Bill Christison,
St. Louis, Missouri


Family Farms and U.S. Trade Policy
U.S. family farm leader speaks to European farmers
Part 1: The Impacts on Family Farms of 20 Years of Corporate Trade Agreements
Part 2: Ci
tizen Opposition to Corporate Domination of U.S. Trade Policy
Bill Christison
Brussels, Belgium / Chillicothe, Missouri, U.S.A

Fast Track/Big Bad Trade Deal Threatens Local Control, Family Farms
The TPP Agreement Would Elevate Multinational Corporations To The Same Legal Status As Sovereign Nations
by Jim Compton
Buffalo, Missouri
Published in In Motion Magazine June 16, 2014

Derailing the Biotech Express:
U.S. & Global Activists at the Crossroads

Monarch butterflies, bees & tainted pollen, EU moratorium,
the "Senator from Monsanto", and much more ...
Ronnie Cummins and Ben Lilliston
Little Marais, Minnesota


Global Action Intensifies Against Monsanto & the Gene Giants
Ronnie Cummins and Ben Lilliston
Little Marais, Minnesota


Food Safety Crisis in the U.S.A.
Organics Under Fire: The U.S. Debate Continues
Ronnie Cummins
Little Marais, Minnesota


Monsanto Under Attack: Part 2
Global Pressure Builds Against Monsanto
Ronnie Cummins
Little Marais, Minnesota


Monsanto Under Attack:
Setbacks from Brazil, to Canada, to the U.K.
Ronnie Cummins
Little Marais, Minnesota


Slouching Toward Biodevastation: A Biotech Century?
Genetically-Engineered "Frankenfoods" & Crops:
Measuring the Global Resistance
Ronnie Cummins
Little Marais, Minnesota


Nuking America's Dirty Food:
Another Assault on Public Health & Consumer Choice
- An Opinion on Food Irradiation -
Ronnie Cummins
Little Marais, Minnesota


Monsanto and Fox TV Unite to Suppress Journalists'
Free Speech on Hazards of Genetically Engineered
Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH or rBST)

Ronnie Cummins
Little Marais, Minnesota


More Biotech Blunders:
Mutant Cotton, Supercharged Cigarettes, and Cows
Ronnie Cummins,
Little Marais, Minnesota


Monsanto and Friends' Biotech Blunders and Disasters Continue
Ronnie Cummins
Little Marais, Minnesota


U.S. Organic Sales Boom as
Consumer Alarm Over Food Safety Increases
Ronnie Cummins
Little Marais. Minnesota


Monsanto's "Roundup Ready" Cotton Bombs in the USA
Ronnie Cummins
Little Marais, Minnesota


Let Them Eat Feces: Agribusiness & Government Move to Weaken
U.S. Food Labeling Laws and Irradiate Beef
Ronnie Cummins
Little Marais, Minnesota

Whose Organic Standards?
USDA Prepares for an "Unfriendly Takeover"
of the Natural Foods Industry
Ronnie Cummins and Ben Lilliston,
Minneapolis and Chicago


U.S. Consumers & Farmers Battle Genetically-Engineered Soybean
Two genetically engineered tomatoes, the "Flavr Savr" and the "Endless Summer," have been taken off the market
Ronnie Cummins and Ben Lilliston
Minneapolis, Minnesota


Two Poems:
"Pivot" and "Even the Furniture Wants Me Tonight"
Holly Day,
Roseville, Minnesota



Bigger is better and three other agricultural myths

by Brian DeVore
White Bear Lake, Minnesota


Selling the Farm Down Contract Creek

Why should corporations buy land when on paper
they can own everything it produces?
Brian DeVore
White Bear Lake, Minnesota
 

The Thing That Ate Agriculture
Mega-mergers are creating a seamless food system that leaves
no openings for competition, accountability or independent family farmers
by Brian DeVore
White Bear Lake, Minnesota



Report:
Packers are killing competition with contracts,
other ‘captive supply’ arrangements

by Brian DeVore
White Bear Lake, Minnesota



Willie Nelson Lends Support to Family Farmers
U.S. Sen. Wellstone Calls for USDA Investigation Into NPPC Activities
by Brian DeVore,
Des Moines, Iowa
 


National Pork Producers Council uses checkoff to investigate farm groups
Farmers call for Congressional investigation
by Brian DeVore,
Minneapolis, Minnesota


New Drug (Evista) Poses Risk of Ovarian Cancer
by Samuel S. Epstein M.D. & Pat Cody
Chicago, Illinois / Oakland, California


Pork Producers Council illegally uses funds to monitor family farm organizations
Summary of USDA's AMS Audit of NPPC
Hugh Espy,
Des Moines, Iowa


Family Farm Legislative Update:
Local Control Wins, Property Rights Lose

Family Farmers Stop Anti-Local Control Bill.
Governor Signs Pro-Corporate, Anti-Property Rights Legislation
by Tim Gibbons
Columbia, Missouri
Published in In Motion Magazine May 15, 2011


The New Conservation Stewardship Program
1. Ron Perry -- CSP Contract Holder
2. Ben and Dave Avis -- CSP Contract Holder
3. Darvin Bentlage -- CSP Contract Applicant

by Tim Gibbons
Columbia, Missouri
Published in In Motion Magazine July 6, 2010


MRCC Commends USDA for Abandoning
the National Animal Identification System

Direct Result of Grassroots Opposition
by Tim Gibbons
Columbia, Missouri
Published in In Motion Magazine February 10, 2010


Two Victories for Farmers
1.
Healthcare and CAFOs
2. Conservation Stewardship Program
by Tim Gibbons
Columbia, Missouri
Published in In Motion Magazine August 9, 2009


MRCC Wins Major Victory for
Local Democracy and Family Farmers

by Tim Gibbons
Columbia, Missouri
Published in In Motion Magazine February 12, 2008


2006 Missouri Legislative Summary
On Local Democracy, Sustainable Agriculture,
Nutrition, and the Environment

by Rhonda Perry and Tim Gibbons
Columbia, Missouri


New Report Exposes Subsidies to Factory Farms
Family Farm Groups Demand Reform Of Environmental Quality Incentives Program
by Tim Gibbons
Columbia, Missouri
Published in In Motion Magazine December 23, 2008


Health Care Costs Take a Toll on Missouri’s Farms and Ranches
MRCC Releases New Report, “Healthcare in the Heartland”
by Tim Gibbons
Columbia, Missouri
Published in In Motion Magazine September 30, 2008


Conservation Security Program Popular Among Farmers Despite Funding Cuts
Report Released on Impact of CSP in the Midwest
by Tim Gibbons
Columbia, Missouri


Family Farmers and Rural Citizens
Win Victory on Local Control!
by Tim Gibbons, Rhonda Perry, Terry Spence
Columbia, Missouri


Family Farmers, Rural Citizens, and Democracy Prevail
Over Corporate Agribusiness
Missouri House Defeats CAFO Bill, HCS SB 187
Tim Gibbons
Jefferson City, Missouri


"Plains Truth" Conference Projects the Big Picture
Defending independent agriculture for the future
Suzette Hatfield,
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma


Family Farmers Rally for America
Take 6,000 lbs of pork from the Heartland to Harlem
Lindsay Howerton and Bryce Oates
Columbia, Missouri -- New Castle, Indiana -- New York, New York


Patchwork Family Farms finds new markets
"... fair prices, sustainable growing practices
and a sales volume that has more than tripled ...
"
Lindsay Howerton
Columbia, Missouri


CAFOs vs Rural Communities
by John Ikerd
Columbia, Missouri


An interview with representatives of Japanese farmers' and consumers' groups
"It's the ethics of the quantity"
St. Louis, Missouri


The Reckoning
“We are all the Jena Six.” This won’t go away
Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.
Chicago, Illinois


"Sí Se Puede" Means "We Shall Overcome"
Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.
Chicago, Illinois


Speech to the 1996 Democratic National Convention
Rev. Jesse L Jackson
Chicago, Illinois


Rainbow Trade and Labor Mission To Japan and Indonesia
Campaign to settle sex harassment and
racial discrimination suits against Mitsubishi leads to Japan trip
Rev. Jesse L Jackson
Chicago, Illinois


Fighting hog factories in eastern Colorado
Interview with Sue Jarrett
near Wray, Colorado

Can You Dig It?
Affirmative Action and African Americans in the Construction Industry
Paul King
Chicago, Illinois

Interview with John Kinsman
President of Family Farm Defenders
Frugal and Fair / Local and Global
Near Lime Ridge, Wisconsin
Published in In Motion Magazine January 14, 2012

Nuclear Power Unnecessary, Costly, and Dangerous
While small family farms can cool the planet and feed the world
by John Kinsman
Near Lime Ridge, Wisconsin



“Superfund Laws and Animal Agriculture”
References to the Testimony of Robert S. Lawrence, MD

Before the Subcommittee on Environment and Hazardous Materials
Wednesday, November 16, 2005, at 2:00 p.m.
in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building
Kirkville, Missouri


Hope Springs Institute's
Women's Poetry and Performance Retreat

Introduction by Alice Lovelace
Peebles, Ohio

Article by Chauncey Beaty,
Rita J. Andrews, and Suzanne Stevens
Poetry by
April S., Rhythm, and Leigh Ann DiDomenico



"Both attacks on affirmative action and globalization
involve a sense of neglecting the other"

Supporting affirmative action in Michigan
Interview with Monique Luse
Ann Arbor, Michigan


"Realize The Imminence And Importance Of This Issue"
A Letter about Affirmative Action
by Brock Martinez
Madison, Wisconsin


Checking off the check-off
From beef to pork to potatoes - to a cash-cow
Margot Ford McMillen
Fulton, Missouri


Missourians For Local Control
“Supporting Local Government -- Closer to the People”
by Tim Gibbons, Rhonda Perry, Terry Spence
Kirksville, Missouri


"Family Farm Livestock" Farm Camp
Growing the Local Food Chain in Missouri
Missouri Rural Crisis Center
Howard County, Missouri
Published in In Motion Magazine March 5, 2017

The TPP is Dangerous
And A Direct Attack on U.S. Farmers

Missouri Rural Crisis Center
Columbia, Missouri

Missouri’s Cattle Producers Overwhelmingly
Reject New Missouri Beef Checkoff

75% of Registered Producers Voted No
Missouri Rural Crisis Center
Columbia, Missouri
Published in In Motion Magazine May 1, 2016

JBS-Cargill Merger
Causes Greater Concentration of Pork Industry
Further Harming Farmers and Consumers
American Antitrust Institute, Food & Water Watch, Iowa Farmers Union,
Missouri Rural Crisis Center and National Farmers Union

Columbia, Missouri and Washington, D.C.
Published in In Motion Magazine August 1, 2015


Governor Nixon Sells Out Missouri Cattle Farmers
& Creates Loophole to Allow Foreign Corporations
to Buy More Missouri Farmland

by Missouri Rural Crisis Center
Columbia, Missouri


2014 End-of-Year Update
(PDF file)

Missouri Rural Crisis Center
Columbia, Missouri


2013 End-of-Year Update
(PDF file)
Missouri Rural Crisis Center
Columbia, Missouri
Published in In Motion Magazine - December 16, 2013


Our Position -- On Livestock, Rural Communities & the Economy
(Also available as a PDF version)
by Missouri Rural Crisis Center
Columbia, Missouri
Published in In Motion Magazine November 18, 2012


Our Position on Livestock, Rural Communities and the Economy
by the Missouri Rural Crisis Center
Columbia, Missouri


The Facts about CAFOs, Local Control, and Health Ordinances
by the Missouri Rural Crisis Center
Columbia, Missouri


Governor Holden Stands Up for Family Farmers and Rural Missouri
Vetoes Bill That Would Expand Economic and Environmental Threats of Industrial Agriculture
Missouri Rural Crisis Center
Jefferson City, Missouri


Hogging the Market

Dramatic shifts in agricultural policies are needed
to rescue the independent farmer
David Morris
Minneappolis, Minnesota


Interview with George Naylor
In the U.S. Today: Farmers or Employees?
Churdan, Iowa
Published in In Motion Magazine November 20, 2011


Farm Bill Basics: Formula for Prosperity and Fairness
by George Naylor, Jim Dubert,
Bert Henningson, Jr. and Curt Stofferahn
Ames, Iowa


A Legacy of Crisis
Farmer Solutions, Corporate Resistance
by George Naylor and Bert Henningson, Jr.
Ames, Iowa


National Family Farm Coalition President’s Response to
Administration’s 2007 Farm Bill Proposal
by George Naylor
Churdan, Iowa


Farm Subsidy Cap No Answer
“Eliminate subsidies by raising commodity prices
with price supports and supply management”
George Naylor
Churdan, Iowa


The Pork Checkoff:
On the history of the pork checkoff debate and court ruling
George Naylor,
Greene County, Iowa


Bringing Sanity to the Rural Economy
Take international leadership in our global economy
by constructing an international family farm system
George Naylor
Bondurant, Iowa


The Freedom to Farm Lottery
The Bet the Farm Game
George Naylor,
Greene County, Iowa


Family Farmers From Mid-Missouri And Mexico
Hold Fair Trade Picnic And Roundtable
Propose International and Local Solutions to Challenges Faced by
Family Farmers Around the World
Selected Facts and Figures on Trade and Agriculture
International Impacts of “Free Trade”
Bryce Oates

Columbia, Missouri



Local control and CAFOs: a public health issue for rural counties
Family farm organization Missouri Rural Crisis Center gives tesimony on Missouri Senate Bill 1128
Bryce Oates
Jefferson City, Missouri


Hog Farmers Hail U.S. Court of Appeals
Beef Checkoff Ruling

Bryce Oates
Rochester, Illinois



Why farmers rally in Washington D.C.
5-point plan for family farm policy
Interview with Bryce Oates
Columbia, Missouri


Missouri Farmers Join in Calling for Investigation into Farm Bureau
Bryce Oates
Columbia, Missouri


"It Takes Guts to Make a Democracy -
An Interview with farmers Ralph and Myrna Paulus
about storytelling circles, the arts and democracy
Choteau, Montana


Rural Lives Matter:
Medicaid Expansion May Be Controversial But It Will Save Rural Lives

... affordable health insurance and healthcare infrastructure
in rural communities

by Rhonda Perry
Columbia, Missouri


Blunt Threatens Local Control
Family Farmers Outraged by Governor Blunt’s State of the State
by Rhonda Perry and Tim Gibbons
Columbia, Missouri


Interview with Rhonda Perry (2005)
of the Missouri Rural Crisis Center
Grassroots Missouri Organizing:
A Variety of Tactics, Consistent Strategies
Armstrong, Missouri


Changing the focus of the international debate on trade
Price supports, inventory management, and grain reserves
Interview (2003) w/ Rhonda Perry
of the Missouri Rural Crisis Center
Columbia, Missouri

Anti-check off signatures are flooding in
Hog farmers want an end to the mandatory pork checkoff
by Rhonda Perry
Columbia, Missouri


Outline of a Call to Action ...
Family Farms, not Factory Farms
Rhonda Perry
Chicago, Illinois


Family farmers pressure Pork Producers Council to refund checkoff money
Rhonda Perry ,
Columbia, Missouri


The Overrepresentation of Black Students in Special Education Classrooms
Kimberly Suzette Peterz
Chicago, Illinois


Giant Steps: Sister Sonia Joins the Supremes
by Gwendolyn Keita Robinson, Ph.D.,
Chicago, Illinois
Published in In Motion Magazine August 25, 2009


Interview with Dr. Vandana Shiva -
"The deeper you can manipulate living structures
the more you can control food and medicine"
St. Louis, Missouri


When will Affirmative Action, Equity, and Diversity Initiatives
as Tools for Social Justice become Unnecessary, Unwarranted, and Anachronistic?”
by Jose J. Soto
Lincoln, Nebraska
Published in In Motion Magazine April 5, 2008



Diversity Must Be An Integral Part of “Who We Are” and “What We Do”
A Commentary on Institutional Diversity Leadership in Higher Education
by Jose J. Soto
Lincoln, Nebraska
Published in In Motion Magazine April 4, 2007


An Open Letter to my Colleagues and other supporters of Affirmative Action
" ... making affirmative action a core value ..."
by Jose J. Soto
Lincoln, Nebraska


21 Cultural Competencies for the 21st Century
by Jose J. Soto, J.D.
Lincoln, Nebraska


Mental Health Services Issues
for Hispanics/Latinos in Rural America

by Jose J. Soto, JD
Lincoln, Nebraska


Diversity is about Change and Leadership
In the year 2000 and beyond
Jose J. Soto, JD
Lincoln, Nebraska


A Challenge to the Democratic Party:
Zealously Support Affirmative Action, or Can the Rhetoric on Social Justice
Jose J. Soto, JD
Lincoln, Nebraska


Affirmative Action: An Anachronism in Higher Education?
"Racism continues to operate and limit opportunities for people of color in this country"
Jose J. Soto, JD,
Lincoln, Nebraska


Straight Talk by Martha Stevens
Hatfield, Missouri

From the Circle of Thunder to the Blood Moon
Susan Stewart
Bozeman, Montana


Extension Service Loses Credibility
Followup to: Missouri Hog Factories Allowed to Spread Too Much Waste.
Data leads to water pollution; objectivity questioned
by Paul Sturtz,
Columbia, Missouri

Patchwork Spruces Up Image for Grocery Stores
The importance of a sustainable local food network
Paul Sturtz,
Columbia, Missouri


Missouri Hog Factories Allowed to Spread Too Much Waste
State issues permits based on faulty data from University Extension
by Paul Sturtz,
Columbia, Missouri


Cuba's Latin American School of Medical Sciences
Reaching Out To Us Even When No One Here At Home Will
by Zekita Tucker
St. Louis, Missouri


Icon art for all regions by Leon Sun.