USDA Extends Deadline to Apply for Pandemic Assistance to Livestock Producers

The USDA is providing additional time for livestock and poultry producers to apply for the Pandemic Livestock Indemnity Program, or PLIP. Producers who suffered losses during the pandemic due to insufficient access to processing may now apply for assistance for those losses and the cost of depopulation and disposal of the animals through October 12th, […]

Meat Institute: Scapegoating Industry Does Not Help Consumer

The North American Meat Institute this week claimed the Secretary of Agriculture’s transparent attempts to scapegoat the meat and poultry industry to shift blame for inflationary prices will not help consumers. NAMI President and CEO Julie Anna Potts said, “Americans are experiencing firsthand what the Secretary refuses to acknowledge, the effects of COVID and lack […]

Kansas City Southern Accepts Canadian Pacific Merger Agreement

On Wednesday, Kansas City Southern announced the termination of a merger agreement with Canadian National Railway. KCS has entered a merger agreement with Canadian Pacific Railway, presumably ending the bidding war for KCS. Kansas City Southern determined the proposal from Canadian Pacific continues to demonstrate a “Company Superior Proposal” under the pending agreement with Canadian […]

USDA Breaks Down Wheat Balance Sheet

Unlike most crops this month, USDA has little production information to go by in looking at the domestic balance sheet, so World Outlook Board Chair, Mark Jekanowski, says the focus is on the demand side of  of the ledger. “We pulled back our import forecast by 10 million bushels. Reflecting what we’re seeing the data […]

Vilsack: The USDA Will Do More To Help Producers Hurt By Western Drought

The drought here in the west is on the mind of the Ag Secretary. “Could lead potentially to people having to sell their herds because they can’t simply afford the cost of maintaining them.” Tom Vilsack recently to announced the expansion of the Emergency Livestock Assistance Program [ELAP], specifically to help producers that need assistance […]

Consumer Food Prices Up Slightly, Again

The monthly Consumer Price Index shows a further increase in food prices. The food index increased 0.4% in August after larger increases in recent months. The food at home index increased 0.4% over the month as four of the six major grocery store food group indexes rose. The index for meats, poultry, fish, and eggs […]

USDA Rolls Out Innovation 4 Nutrition & Health

The USDA recently handed out several grants to projects designed to build more resiliency of food and in some cases health systems, including those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. “The Gus Schumacher Incentive Program really prioritizes nutrition security. To find and fund innovative solutions to tackle the whole picture of the problem.” Suzanne Stluka of […]

Rural Development Working To Help Small Town Health Organizations

Cactus Health Services in rural Texas was outgrowing its leased facility in a non-commercial area. “All patients in this two-county wide area and then we also get patients from all the way up in the city of Odessa that’s an hour and a half away that come see our federally qualified health center.” And CEO […]

Ag Committee Leaders Applaud CFTC Nominations

The leadership of the Senate and House Agriculture Committees applaud the recent nominations by President Joe Biden to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. President Biden nominated Rostin Behman as CFTC chair, and Kristin Johnson and Cristy Goldsmith Romero as commissioners. In 2019, Behnam spearheaded the establishment of CFTC’s Market Risk Advisory Committee’s Climate-Related Market Risk […]

JBS Grand Island Meatpacking Fire Halts Processing

A fire at the JBS Grand Island, NE, processing facility halted beef packing production Monday. Local firefighters said the blaze burned the roof of the facility’s rendering section. The JBS Grand Island facility is a two-shift, beef-processing plant employing more than 3,600 people. The facility has a daily processing capacity of 6,000 head and slaughters […]