Multinational corporations, environmental zealots, foreign interests, and pay-for-play experts have run a well-organized, well-funded opposition campaign to modern-day agriculture for years. Their multi-million-dollar paid and earned media efforts have demonized farmers and ranchers for being "giant agribusinesses." Ironically, the agricultural community lacks the resources to match their opponents' efforts.

Hopefully, the profiles below will shed some light on the groups behind theses attacks and help reporters better know their sources.

Groups Struggle with Truth in Effort to Kill Farm Bill
Libertarian and environmental groups are urging the House of Representatives to oppose a five-year farm bill this fall, oppose inclusion of Direct Payments in an extension of current law, and advocate for a transparent farm bill process next year. These groups are entitled to express their views, but they also owe Congress the truth.
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Sloppy reporting takes a real toll
Few things grab public attention like a food scare, and it appears the media have adopted a new strategy when it comes to reporting on these issues: "Don't confuse consumers with the facts." The most recent example: "pink slime." This case embodies what sensationalized journalism can do to the very men and women who produce our food.
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Subsidy Spotlight: India
The United States recently filed a case against India in the World Trade Organization (WTO) hoping to unclog trade channels for U.S. poultry producers. “India’s ban on U.S. poultry is clearly a case of disguising trade restrictions by invoking unjustified animal health concerns,” U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk said via a press release. “The United States is the world’s leader in agricultural safety and we are confident that the WTO will confirm that India’s ban is unjustified.”
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Brazilian Bad Acts Receiving Unwanted Attention
Brazil. We tend to associate it with some of our favorite pastimes-coffee, chocolate, soccer… But what most Americans don't know is that Brazil has taken up a pastime of its own-criticizing U.S. farm policy and American agriculture, as we know it. With the largest national economy on the continent and now ranked the world's leading exporter of agricultural goods, Brazil's boom has made it the crown jewel of South America.
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Environmental Working Group gets far bigger 'subsidy' than farmers
Environmental Working Group dodges taxes on $90 million. Tax-exempt foundations avoid similar taxes in money given to EWG. Our friends at the Environmental Working Group continue to look out for us uneducated taxpayers with their latest list of farms receiving 'subsidies.' Of course, EWG has spewed its cash-generating propaganda all over television. Got to give them credit, EWG knows to spin half truths.
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Let Him Eat Cake
Attendees of the Future for Food Conference that took place last week at Georgetown University were in for the royal treatment when Prince Charles took the stage. Just days after being a part of one of the most extravagant, tax-payer funded spectacles that the world has seen as of late, the Prince brought with him news that apparently, the United States—a country that supports its own population and supplies much of the rest of the world's food and fiber—needs to rethink its spending and is fast approaching a time when it will shoulder the blame for food shortages and hunger riots.
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The Farm Policy Yo-yo
It was during an August 20 CNBC segment in which Suffolk University Assistant Professor Ben Powell talked about the flooding crisis in Pakistan. Yet he didn't take the time to discuss the humanitarian situation or the desperate need for help from stable countries.
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Bad Advice for a High Price
There's no doubt about it: "Agri-intellectual" Michael Pollan is a rock star in rich people's kitchens. He's a bestselling author, has a devoted fan base, and continues to spread his message about the American food system.
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If it Walks Like a Duck
One look at the smiles on Hill staffers' faces and you would've thought Christmas came early this year. But it wasn't Santa delivering the goodies—it was the Cato Institute. And it wasn't presents causing the commotion—it was a royalty-like spread of food, a rarity on Capitol Hill since stringent lobbying standards were passed.
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An Ironic Twist
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) caused quite a stir in rural America when it released its farm subsidy database in 2004. Farmers were justifiably mad that their personal financial information was being aired publicly...
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Big Grocery Bills Meet Big Lobbying Dollars
It's not often that a United States Senator becomes so enraged with a trade association that he'll march to the Senate floor and rail on the group for more than half an hour.
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