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Towards a Localist Policy Agenda
Featured Article, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Jul 5, 2013

Towards a Localist Policy Agenda

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/localist-policy-agenda/

To regenerate local businesses, we’ll need more than Buy Local campaigns; we’ll need to change public policy, which now favors big business. In this presentation, Stacy Mitchell looks at seven key policy areas to focus on. Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Mar 27, 2013

Why Walmart’s Death Grip on Our Food System Is Intensifying Poverty

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/walmarts-death-grip-food-system-intensifying-poverty/

When Michelle Obama visited a Walmart in Springfield, Missouri, a few weeks ago to praise the company’s efforts to sell healthier food, she did not say why she chose a store in Springfield of all cities. But, in ways that Obama surely did not intend, it was a fitting choice. This Midwestern city provides a chilling look at where Walmart wants to take our food system. Continue reading

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Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Jan 17, 2013

Stacy Mitchell on Food Chain Radio

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/stacy-mitchell-food-chain-radio/

On January 12, 2013, ILSR’s Stacy Mitchell was a guest on Michael Olson’s syndicated Food Chain radio show, where they discussed the shocking level of corporate consolidation in the economy and debated whether we can shop our way back to a strong local economy. Continue reading

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Featured Article, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | 16 Comments | Updated on Dec 1, 2012

How Walmart is Devouring the Food System (Infographic)

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/infographic-walmart-food/

Walmart now captures $1 of every $4 Americans spend on groceries. It’s on track to claim one-third of food sales within five years. Here’s a look at how Walmart has dramatically altered the food system — triggering massive consolidation, driving down prices to farmers, and leaving more families struggling to afford healthy food. Continue reading

Rule filed under General | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Nov 21, 2008

Agriculture Cooperative Income Tax Credit – North Dakota

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/rule/cooperative-ownership/2017-2/

In 2001 North Dakota lawmakers approved Senate Bill Number 2386, which gives a state income tax credit of up to a maximum of $6,000 annually for people who invest in agricultural processing cooperatives. The tax credit is equivalent to thirty percent of the amount invested in the cooperative by the taxpayer, up to a total annual investment of$20,000. Investors in cooperatives or limited liability corporations are eligible for the credit, so long as the business has an agricultural commodity processing facility in this state and is more than half farmer-owned. Continue reading

Rule filed under General | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Nov 21, 2008

Agriculture Value-Added Development Fund Program – Colorado

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/rule/cooperative-ownership/2014-2/

In May 2001 the Colorado legislature passed HB 1086, which created the Agriculture Value-Added Development Board within the Department of Agriculture. The Board makes grants, loans and loan guarantees, and equity investments, and also offers tax credits to eligible agricultural value-added cooperatives. The tax credit is available for members of eligible agriculture value-added cooperatives in an amount equal to the lesser of 50 percent of the member’s investment or$15,000, up to a maximum amount per project of $1,500,000 (these are the same limits as the Missouri tax credit). $4 million is available for tax credits on an annual basis. Continue reading