Agriculture News

THE PANDEMIC COULD CAUSE LONG-TERM DAMAGE TO HOW WE GET OUR FOOD –

As states start letting restaurants and some other food-service businesses reopen, with varying restrictions, many in the industry fear the disruptions will continue. They worry that patchwork policies on reopening, new waves of coronavirus deaths, and renewed shutdowns will cause further, long-term damage at every link in that chain. (CNN)

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FEDERAL MEATPACKING SAFETY RECOMMENDATIONS ARE LARGELY UNENFORCEABLE –

Federal recommendations meant to keep meatpacking workers safe as they return to plants that were shuttered by the coronavirus have little enforcement muscle behind them, fueling anxiety that working conditions could put employees’ lives at risk. (Chicago Tribune)

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DAIRY GROUPS SEEK MORE ASSISTANCE BEYOND $16BN AGRICULTURE PAYMENTS PLAN – The

The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) said current aid levels will be insufficient to meet the needs of the dairy sector in spite of the USDA’s $16bn agriculture payments plan announced this week. (Dairy Reporter)

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FARMERS REMAIN OPTIMISTIC AS PLANTING SEASON WINDS DOWN –

Planting of corn and soybeans across the Quad-Cities region is happening faster than a year ago. But the ag sector is dealing with difficulties brought on by COVID-19, the new coronavirus that has only compounded financial hardships on farms after two years of trade wars. Yet there is renewed hope after a farmer aid package was unveiled Tuesday by U.S. President Donald Trump. (Quad-City Times)

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FARMERS STRUGGLE WITH PROCESSING PLANT CLOSURES –

Headlines about dairy farms dumping milk and livestock being euthanized are a sharp contrast to empty meat cases. The novel coronavirus outbreak has disrupted the nation’s food supply chain, resulting in increased prices for panicked shoppers and major losses for Illinois farmers. (AgriNews)

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CHINA VOWS TO PUSH AHEAD WITH ‘PHASE ONE’ US TRADE DEAL AMID RENEWED TENSIONS –

China has promised to continue working toward the implementation of its “phase one” trade deal with the U.S., as tensions flare up between the two economic powerhouses. (CNBC

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