Midwest farmers face crisis of mounting debt, bankruptcies

Vol. 84/No. 40 - October 12, 2020
Nebraska hog farmer Jim Bartling feared he would have to euthanize pigs like fellow farmers when packinghouse bosses shut plants in April. More farmers are filing for bankruptcy today.

LINCOLN, Neb. — Rising debts and plummeting incomes are forcing more farmers to file for bankruptcy, despite the likelihood that federal payments supposedly to compensate farmers will hit record levels. About 580 farmers filed for Chapter 12 bankruptcy protection in…

Fight for jobs! Organize to defend wages, job safety!

Workers main problem today is capitalism, not ‘the virus’
Vol. 84/No. 18 - May 11, 2020
Factory, textile and garment workers demonstrate in Karachi, Pakistan, April 18, demanding end to firings by bosses, for payment of wages for workers at plants that are shut down.

Tens of millions of working people in the U.S. and many millions worldwide have been thrown out of work through lockdowns imposed by capitalist governments, shutting factories, transportation, retail outlets, hotels, restaurants and more. The key problem facing workers today…

Join drive to expand reach of the ‘Militant’, SWP 2020 campaign

Vol. 84/No. 18 - May 11, 2020
Socialist Workers Party presidential candidate Alyson Kennedy, left, and vice presidential candidate Malcolm Jarrett, right, speak with Walmart worker Otis Bullock in Philadelphia.

“Workers joining together to fight — that’s a union,” explained Alyson Kennedy, Socialist Workers Party presidential candidate in a discussion April 22 with Otis Bullock at a Pennsylvania Walmart store parking lot where he works. “Yes, workers need a foundation…

‘Things are even harder for small farmers now’

Vol. 84/No. 17 - May 4, 2020

ATLANTA — “Things are even harder than usual for small farmers right now, with so much uncertainty about what will happen,” Willie Head told the Militant April 13. Head has several hundred acres of corn, melons, greens and other vegetable…

Dairy farmers forced to dump milk while stores are running out

Vol. 84/No. 15 - April 20, 2020
Big processors have pressured dairy farms small and large, like Golden E Dairy in Wisconsin, with 2,400 cows, to dump milk. Yet working families face growing shortages of dairy goods.

RICHLAND CENTER, Wis. — Dairy farmers are being forced to dump fresh milk while millions face going short of dairy and food supplies due to government shutdowns and mass unemployment.   Stores like Walmart and Costco are limiting how much…

Over 10,000 farmers in Germany protest against gov’t restrictions

Vol. 83/No. 46 - December 16, 2019

Over 10,000 farmers from all over Germany drove more than 5,000 tractors in a 6-mile-long convoy crawling through the streets of Berlin Nov. 26 to protest government plans to sharply restrict the use of pesticides, herbicides and fertilizer. Farmers also…

Working farmers face bankruptcy, record debt

Vol. 83/No. 44 - December 2, 2019

Because of the nature of farming under the lash of capitalist competition, almost all working farmers are forced to take out loans to keep farming. As prices for farm produce are falling today, farmers face greater difficulty getting loans as…

Climate change panic fuels Dutch gov’t attack on farmers

Vol. 83/No. 37 - October 14, 2019

Thousands of farmers organized tractor convoys from across the Netherlands to the Hague Oct. 1, protesting a government report that blames them and their livestock for fouling the air. “No farmers, no food,” read their placards. Farmers are fed up…

Farmers organize aid for flood-stricken Nebraskans

Vol. 83/No. 21 - May 27, 2019
Farmers organize aid for flood-stricken Nebraskans

DELAVAN, Wis. — While federal and state officials continue to drag their feet delivering help to those hit hard by March’s flooding in Nebraska and Iowa, farmers and others in rural communities in the Midwest are organizing solidarity and aid.…