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.…

Crisis of capitalism today drives farmers off the land

Vol. 83/No. 14 - April 8, 2019

In the midst of the capitalist economic “recovery” in the U.S. many workers are still living paycheck to paycheck and more working farmers are being driven deeper into debt or off the land altogether. This is exacerbated by social catastrophes…

Build fighting alliance of workers, farmers

Vol. 83/No. 14 - April 8, 2019

The following statement was released March 24 by John Staggs, Socialist Workers Party candidate for City Council At-Large in Philadelphia. Staggs grew up on a family farm in Illinois. Working farmers are victims of conditions over which they have no…

Workers, farmers face social disaster in floods

Catastrophe is product of workings of capitalism
Vol. 83/No. 14 - April 8, 2019
Volunteers from McCook, Nebraska, organize “flood buckets” of supplies to take to areas battered by flooding. Government officials had left those hard hit to fend for themselves.

LINCOLN, Neb. — The government on all levels has left farmers, ranchers and other working people to fend for themselves in the face of flooding that destroyed crops, silos full of grain and livestock on hundreds of thousands of acres…

Wisconsin dairy farmers discuss ongoing crisis they face

Vol. 83/No. 11 - March 18, 2019
Workers milking cows on Steve Schmitz’s dairy farm in Richland Center, Wisconsin, in 2015. “It seems like workers and farmers are facing more problems surviving today,” Schmitz said.

MUSCODA, Wis. — In the past year dairy farmers in Wisconsin have had to shut down 714 farms. That’s 8.2 percent, dropping the total number of dairy farms here to 8,046. That is roughly half the number of 16 years…

What faces farmers today is result of workings of capitalism

Vol. 83/No. 11 - March 18, 2019

Below is an excerpt from “The Crisis Facing Working Farmers” by Doug Jenness. It helps shine a light on how the workings of capitalism weigh on the ability of farmers and their families to get by today. It appears in…

Dairy farmers: ‘Instead of making a living, we’re just making debt’

Vol. 82/No. 30 - August 13, 2018
From left, Barb Troester, Brenda Cochran and Donna Hall from Farm Women United, which sponsored hearing in Lairdsville, Pennsylvania, July 24 to discuss crisis facing dairy farmers.

LAIRDSVILLE, Pa. — “Dairy farming just doesn’t work anymore,” Ben McCarty, a dairy farmer from Lycoming County, told an all-day “Dairy Farm Family Crisis Hearing” here July 24. “Instead of making a living you just make debt.” Dairy farmers spoke…

Oregon ranchers Dwight and Steven Hammond freed!

Vol. 82/No. 27 - July 23, 2018

In a victory for working people, President Donald Trump pardoned and freed Dwight Hammond, 76, and his son Steven Hammond July 10. The two Oregon ranchers had been imprisoned on frame-up charges of arson. “I’m so glad they are coming…

Rising interest rates tighten debt squeeze on US farmers

Vol. 82/No. 25 - July 9, 2018
Tractorcade by thousands of farmers from across country arrives in Washington, Feb. 5, 1979. Organized by American Agricultural Movement, farmers occupied National Mall for weeks demanding parity - guaranteed prices for their crops at least equal to costs of production.

Rising interest rates are piling further burdens on working farmers, whose debts are reaching record levels this year. At the same time, sharpening competition and increased production have forced net farm income down by half since 2013 — to an…

Dean Foods tells dairy farmers ‘We no longer want your milk’

Vol. 82/No. 13 - April 2, 2018

More than 140 dairy farmers across eight states took another blow this month. As these farmers are now into the fourth year of low milk prices, Dean Foods, one of the country’s major processors, sent them a letter saying that…