Jim Goodman

Jim Goodman

Jim Goodman is a third-generation dairy farmer from Wonewoc, Wisconsin.

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Commodity crop production for export and ethanol production feeds only the bottom line of corporations and Wall St. (Photo: TumblingRun/flickr/cc) Views
Monday, June 17, 2019
Current Farm Crisis Offers Opportunity For Change
JFK, as it turns out, was not correct when he noted 60 years ago that the word 'crisis' is a combination of the Chinese brush strokes meaning danger and opportunity. While he was linguistically incorrect, we get what he was saying. A crisis situation can be the impetus for change, an opportunity to...
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Farmworkers—according to some estimates numbering approximately three million—are forced to work for next to nothing as the landowners that employ them receive prices that are well below the cost of production. (Photo: Michael Davidson/flickr/cc) Views
Tuesday, May 28, 2019
An Anti-Trust Reboot Could Give Democrats Traction in Rural America
Democrats need to study history and follow the example of Theodore Roosevelt , in other words, become “trust busters.” Roosevelt was a Republican and his willingness to confront the monopolists of his day earned him scorn from some, yet enough support to win the Presidency in 1904. Eventually, the...
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With the current push to enact the Administrations USMCA (NAFTA 2.0) industry front groups are again passing themselves off as grassroots organizations pushing the best interests of farmers, working people and the environment. Don’t be fooled. (Photo: PeoplesWorld/cc/flickr) Views
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Don’t Fall for the Hype of Free Trade Agreements
Approval of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA 2.0 also known USMCA) will do little to reverse the problems of the NAFTA trade agreement of 1994. Nothing in the proposed replacement agreement will prevent job outsourcing, nor is there any part of the agreement that would reverse our...
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Two cows from Jim Goodman’s former herd. Views
Sunday, December 23, 2018
Dairy Farming is Dying. After 40 Years, I’m Done.
After 40 years of dairy farming, I sold my herd of cows this summer. The herd had been in my family since 1904; I know all 45 cows by name. I couldn’t find anyone who wanted to take over our farm — who would? Dairy farming is little more than hard work and possible economic suicide. A grass-based...
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There is a single factor that overrides the environmental, economic, and cultural crisis of rural America - overproduction. (Photo: Richard Hurd) Views
Wednesday, October 03, 2018
Bad Farm Policy Contributes to Natural Disasters
Good farm policy works for rural people by stabilizing prices, encouraging the growth of rural communities, and helping farm families deal with natural disasters. This last point is particularly relevant now, as fires rage in the Western US, tornadoes, hurricanes and floods destroy communities...
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Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Stop Pretending the Estate Tax Has Anything to Do With Family Farmers
The mystique of the family farmer in this country goes all the way back to Thomas Jefferson’s model for democracy. Jefferson centered his vision on the yeoman farmer, who, with family labor, worked a small farm and embodied the virtues of honest and hard work. It was an important idea to a new...
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Peter Whoriskey, reported in the Washington Post May 12, 2017 “The label said ‘organic’ but these massive imports of corn and soybeans weren’t”. He describes a shipment of conventional soybeans from Turkey to California last year that, in transit, became organic, or so the documentation said. Views
Friday, October 27, 2017
In Organic Farming, Rules Are Not Made to be Broken
Consumers see organic food labels showing cows grazing next to a little red barn and that’s what they want to buy, products from happy cows owned by profitable farmers that respect the rules, their customers, the environment and their animals. And, most organic milk is still produced that way — the...
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Tuesday, April 25, 2017
NAFTA Needs To Be Replaced, Not Renegotiated
The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) must be replaced with a transparent trade agreement that ensures farmers in all three nations—Canada, Mexico, and the United States—receive fair prices for their production, that consumers are guaranteed the right to know the content and origin of...
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Friday, August 21, 2015
Truth In Labeling—It's Our Right to Know What's in Our Food
Last month, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1599, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015. A gross misnomer, of course, since the bill's real purpose is to preempt the rights of state and local governments to pass laws requiring the mandatory labeling of genetically modified...
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Saturday, April 11, 2015
Has Glyphosate Met Its Waterloo?
Can organic farmers can use Roundup® ? I get that question a lot. Society has been told and, it seems, really believes, that as crop chemicals go, nothing could be safer. But that's just it, using nothing is safer. And no, organic farmers can't use it, but if I could why would I want to? It is...
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