We told you here the other day that Idaho Senator Mike Crapo was confronted at several August recess town hall meetings with a barrage of questions relating to the resettlement of third world refugees to Idaho.
We have no idea what sort of Senator Republican Mike Crapo has been for Idaho, or whether he would listen to constituents, but his cagey answers on refugee resettlement in Idaho suggest he might have more important factors influencing him than some very vocal voters.
He struck me as pretty squishy in his responses.
One of the primary things citizens in refugee resettlement target zones need to look into is how much (especially Republican) elected officials are getting from big business (or Chamber of Commerce) donors who have an interest in the importation of cheap labor.
Seems the folks in Idaho did a little digging on Crapo.
Remember we told you that a big meat packing plant is planned for a small town near Boise, here.
Well, what do you know! it seems that one of Senator Crapo’s largest donors in recent years is one of the ‘agribusiness’ companies involved!
We have been chronicling for years the role BIG MEAT is playing in changing (colonizing) small town America—from Nebraska, to Kansas, to Iowa, to Colorado just to name a few states getting slammed. LOL! from a meatpacker’s point of view, this is a great business model. They pay cheap wages for what amounts to slave labor and you, the taxpayer, subsidize the immigrant family with welfare payments (for food, housing, schooling and healthcare).
First, I know it is long, but I want you to see a January press release from the J.R. Simplot Company. (Hat tip: a concerned citizen of Idaho)
J.R. Simplot Company and Caviness Beef Packers to Build New Idaho Beef Processing Plant
Published on January 07 2015
Amarillo,* Texas-based Caviness Beef Packers has formed a joint-venture with the J.R. Simplot Company to build a new Idaho beef processing plant near Kuna, Idaho.
Pending approval of permits from all necessary regulatory agencies, construction of the nearly 300,000 square foot plant would begin in spring 2015 with an expected fall 2016 opening.
The new joint-venture will operate under the name, CS Beef Packers, LLC. The joint venture is expected to invest $100 million to complete construction of the plant.
The plant is expected to process a maximum of 1,700 head per day, and could create up to 600 new jobs.**
The primary purpose of the plant will be to harvest cull cows and bulls from Northwest dairy farms and cattle ranches throughout the Intermountain West. The plant will also include hide and rendering processing and have the ability to process niche-fed beef programs.
Scott Simplot, J.R. Simplot Company chairman, said the new plant will be the first significant processing operation in the region, reducing the need for dairy farmers and ranchers to ship cattle out of the area for processing.
It’s estimated that there are more than 600,000 dairy cows and more than 600,000 beef cows in the region.
“This effort complements the area’s dairy industry including milk, cheese and yogurt processors,***” Simplot said. “Our company has farmed and ranched in the area for nearly a century and we’re excited to be a part of this joint-venture that will further guarantee the long-term success of the region’s dairy and beef industries.”
Caviness CEO Terry Caviness said Simplot and Caviness are both family-owned companies that complement each other. “Together we will bring significant strengths and expertise to this project,” Caviness said. “We look forward to being a valued partner to area ranchers and dairymen as we expand our footprint in the United States with another world-class beef packing facility.”
Demand for beef is at an all-time high. The new plant will take advantage of advances in food safety and process technologies to create a processing facility that incorporates the best available technologies to effectively process beef safely and humanely. The final product will be prepackaged boxed beef that will primarily be marketed toward food-service suppliers and retail outlets.
“We are excited to bring a new advanced plant to the area. This plant is ideally suited to meet the increasing demand for processing from the dairy and beef cow industry,” said Tom Basabe, president of Simplot Land and Livestock. “Caviness Beef has a long-history in beef processing. Caviness is the perfect partner to join Simplot in this joint venture.”
The J.R. Simplot Company, a privately held agribusiness firm headquartered in Boise, Idaho, has an integrated portfolio that includes phosphate mining, fertilizer manufacturing, farming, ranching and cattle production, food processing, food brands, and other enterprises related to agriculture. Simplot’s major operations are located in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Australia, and China, with products marketed in more than 40 countries worldwide. The company’s mission statement is Bringing Earth’s Resources to Life. For more information, visit http://www.simplot.com .
About Caviness Beef Packers
Caviness Beef Packers is a private, family owned company headquartered in Amarillo, Texas. The company operates processing plants in Amarillo and Hereford, Texas. The company focuses on beef processing and marketing beef products nationally and internationally. Caviness products are marketed extensively to national foodservice, retail and further processing customers. For more information, visit http://www.cavinessbeefpackers.com .
Contact: Ken Dey, Simplot Communications Manager, (208) 780-7318 or email@example.com
*Amarillo! We have written about Amarillo for years, the city is completely swamped with refugees (to work at meatpacking plants there) and the mayor has been begging for relief! See how messed up Amarillo is with refugees by clicking here.
** 600 jobs for whom?
***yogurt processors! Are we talking about the huge Chobani (Turkish CEO) plant that recently opened near Twin Falls that is likely also using cheap refugee laborers?
Follow the money!
So this is the clincher!
The number two contributor (of the top five) to Senator Mike Crapo’s campaign committee from 2009-2014 is, guess who: JR Simplot Co.
See here at Open Secrets.
|JR Simplot Co
|Common Values PAC
Is that why Crapo was so cagey and reportedly indicated support for the refugee resettlement program for Idaho.
Crapo told the Times-News in July that he understands the need for a refugee program.
Now look at this!
The Idaho POR (Pocket of Resistance) is doing great work! Here is some serious digging reported by Vicky Davis at The Voice of Idaho. This is really really good stuff!
To contact the concerned citizens (the resistance!) in Idaho, go here, to their new website.