Category: Agriculture News

News about food, farming, business, politics and policy that impacts central Illinois farmers.

US BEEF AND PORK EXPORTS SET NEW RECORDS IN MARCH –

U.S. beef and pork exports hit the highest monthly values ever recorded in March, giving renewed hope to the red meat industry that the pandemic slowdown is mostly behind it, according to a new analysis from the U.S. Meat Export Federation. (Agri-Pulse)

MANY CONSUMERS MISINTERPRET FOOD EXPIRATION DATE LABELS –

Consumer education is needed to increase understanding of food date labels according to a new study in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. (Sci Tech Daily)

FARMING GROUPS WEIGH IN ON CONSUMERS AND CLIMATE FIRST ACT –

Legislation designed to lead Illinois down a path to a clean energy economy is being applauded by farming groups. The Consumer and Climate First Act was recently introduced in the General Assembly, and includes numerous proposals to lead the state to a clean energy economy. (The Center Square)

FARM BUREAU LAUNCHES FARM STATE OF MIND RESOURCE –

The American Farm Bureau Federation just launched a comprehensive online directory of resources for farmers, ranchers and their families who are experiencing stress and mental health challenges. (News Dakota)

AG ECONOMY BAROMETER REFLECTS OPTIMISM

The Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer was virtually unchanged in April, up one point from March to a reading of 178, reflecting producers are becoming more optimistic about the future. But possible changes in U.S. tax policy are also on the minds of ag producers. (Feedstuffs

NEARLY HALF OF THE U.S. CORN CROP IS IN THE GROUND, USDA REPORTS

Corn planting progress speeds ahead, according to the USDA Crop Progress Report. As of Sunday, the U.S. had 46% of the corn crop planted, above a 36% five-year average.

ILLINOIS #4 ON FOOD & WINE’S 10 BEST ‘PIZZA STATES’ IN AMERICA –

The editors at Food & Wine recently published their own list of the best “pizza states” in America. Illinois ranked fourth, thanks to its deep-dish pizza and thin-crust varieties. (NEXSTAR

NEW BIG MUDDY FARMERS MARKET OPENS IN HURST –

Dozens made their way to Hurst Sunday afternoon for the first-ever, Big Muddy Farmers Market. Vendors and food trucks filled the parking lot at Big Muddy Hogs, which is hosting the event. Produce, fresh meats, crafts and much more were available. (WSIL)  

AMERICA’S BIGGEST MEAT COMPANY GIVES FAUX BURGERS ANOTHER SHOT –

On Monday, Tyson unveiled a lineup of 100% vegan meat products including fresh patties, ground “beef,” fake bratwurst and Italian sausage. It’s the company’s most ambitious bet on alternative proteins, and builds on recent moves by other meat giants, including JBS SA and Marfrig, to cash in on the rapidly growing market. (Bloomberg)  

U.S. ROUNDTABLE FOR SUSTAINABLE BEEF REPORTS PROGRESS –

The U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (USRSB), America’s leading beef sustainability initiative, reiterated the importance of sustainability amid the economic and emotional challenges facing the beef industry following the COVID-19 pandemic. The announcement came at the organization’s virtual 2021 General Assembly meeting. (Feedstuffs)

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