Restock Dates: Please see our Farm Blog where we post our weekly newsletter for the latest updates

Small Farm Poultry Bill SB2060 Update

written by

Ben Simmons

posted on

February 1, 2018

Jan 30, 2018 corrupt politics voted against Mississippians having choice in their food purchases & small farmers VS. large poultry processors that contribute to political campaigns and lobbyist.

Senator Dean Kirby, Chairman of Public Health Committee failed to introduce SB2060 which killed the bill. The way I understand how this works, the Gov first reviews bills. Then the Lt Gov office assigns bills to committees for consideration. A bill has to be introduced & voted on by the majority to move forward.

Opposition came from: Cindy Hyde-Smith, Poultry Assn., Farm Bureau, and others I am sure.

However, >4800 people supported the bill via my Facebook (in less than 2 days) as well as many shares - I want to thank each of you for your support. I also want to thank Senator Hill (author of the bill) and Senator Hudson (co-author & Senate Ag Committee Chairman) for their support.

Needless to say I am disappointed in the outcome as well as Senator Kirby who would not take my calls to discuss the bill.

I am reminded that people have a Second Vote. It comes at the ballot box, what you choose to spend your hard earned money far, and who you choose to do business with.

As always, thank you for supporting our regenerative, local farm.

Ben & Beth

More from the blog

Are Foreign Imports "Local"?

It may surprise you that I do receive AND read several weekly newsletters from other farms that I know and trust. Last week, Paul Brown who owns Nourished By Nature in Bismark, ND (son of Gabe Brown) wrote a really good article on import beef and he agreed to let me share with my customers. So, here goes! If you recall, the last newsletter we sent out referred to the statistic that today, only 2% of the population in the US produces food for the entire country (plus imports) as compared to 17% in 1940. This is unprecedented and it makes me wonder, what happened over the last 80 years? And where will we be in another 80? No wait, how about 10 years??? Will all US food production be outsourced?

Product Updates & More

First, a quick followup from last week's email where I shared my letter to Sec. Watson. This generated a lot of interest and response from our customers - ALL very positive and thankful for us taking the stand we do. Several customers also shared that they were personal friends with Sec. Watson and would contact him regarding our farm. So far, I have not heard from him. Cindy shared the following: Thank you for speaking out about issues that many of us are very upset about and feel like we have no voice. Hopefully, Secretary Watson will actually do something. In my opinion, Farm Bureau is against most Mississippians. They were against the illegal land sales to the Chinese and other foreign countries who want to harm us. I was at the meeting at the Capitol a few months ago and saw it firsthand. They are against any legislation to protect pets, such as dogs and cats, from animal abusers, in addition to the chicken and dairy issues you mentioned above. I am no fan at all of Farm Bureau. They are a detriment to our state. But they have a powerful lobby and lots of friends in influential places . And lots of farmers, big farmers, are fans. I have always been a fan of ag commissioner Gipson and I expect he will run for governor one day. I’m not sure if it’s a political play, but it seems that he is quiet on most of these issues. One exception is the Land deals, because he did chair those groups and hold the hearings.

Letter To Sec. Watson MS Secretary of State

This week I received an email from Sec. Watson regarding his offices' plan and successes in eliminating administrative and MS Code bottlenecks that hold back business growth. He also asked for input on areas that affect our business. Have you ever heard the saying, "Be Careful What You Ask For?" Well, here is my response to Sec. Watson. I'm still waiting to hear back from him - which I truly hope will happen. Sec. Watson, first let me thank you for aggressively tackling these tough issues. Too many politicians today are mere pawns of