Big agricultural corporations exert their near-monopoly power to force small farmers into precarious, unfair working conditions. Tyson, for example, has allegedly retaliated against a farmer who resisted the companies’ demands to install expensive equipment. A recent documentary, Under Contract, sheds light on the plight of these farmers.
Now Obama administration rules that would have empowered small farmers to challenge Big Meat’s unfair practices have been unceremoniously slaughtered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Rural farmers who voted for President Trump had expressed cautious optimism about the prospect of Trump supporting the protections, which were issued by the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyard Administration, a sub-agency of USDA.