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Farmer coalition seeks to counter poor publicity

Two dozen of the nation's largest and best-funded farm groups have formed a coalition to counter poor publicity that they say has led to some bad public policies and threatens farmers' ability to produce food for the world's population.

From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

Two dozen of the nation's largest and best-funded farm groups have formed a coalition to counter poor publicity that they say has led to some bad public policies and threatens farmers' ability to produce food for the world's population.

The groups have been alarmed by such things as the release of videos that show male chicks being put into grinders, egg-laying hens in battery cages and the mistreatment of hogs in large confinement operations. Groups such as the Humane Society of the United States have used the videos to generate support for animal welfare laws. Meanwhile, crop farmers are fighting groups opposed to biotech crops or what environmentalists say is the overuse of fertilizers and other chemicals.

Farmers create new alliance to fight bad publicity

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