Category: Agriculture News

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

HALF OF NEW HIRES LEAVE FOR A DIFFERENT JOB, A FOOD WHOLESALER SAYS, BLAMING COMPETITION FOR STAFF DURING A LABOR SHORTAGE –

A food wholesaler that has raised wages by up to 20% to attract new staff says that for every two people it hires, only one ends up staying because of competition for workers during a labor shortage. (Business Insider)

WHY IMMUNITY IS THE NEW BUZZWORD IN FOOD. EVEN CHEESE BALLS –

If you’ve seen a barrage of food packages promising to help your immune system lately, you’re not alone. Even cans of cheese balls now are touting immune-system benefits. (Wall Street Journal)

AMERICANS LOVE MEAT SO MUCH THAT BUTCHERS, PROCESSING PLANTS AND FARMS RECEIVED $84 MILLION IN PANDEMIC AID –

The Covid-19 pandemic and outbreaks at meat processing plants triggered massive supply chain issues leading to meat shortages at grocery stores and higher consumer prices last year. In response, state and local governments sent more than $84 million in Coronavirus Relief Funds to butchers, processing plants and farms between April 1, 2020 and June 30, … Read More

THE DROUGHT IN CALIFORNIA THIS SUMMER WAS THE WORST ON RECORD –

The West’s historic, multi-year drought is threatening water supply, food production and electricity generation. It has drained reservoirs at incredible rates and fueled one of the most extreme wildfire seasons the region has ever experienced. (CNN)

BRITAIN’S CHICKEN KING SAYS THE 20-YEAR BINGE ON CHEAP FOOD IS OVER –

As it emerges from the twin crises of Brexit and COVID, the world’s fifth largest economy is facing an acute shortage of truckers, butchers and warehouse workers that has exacerbated global supply chain strains. (Reuters)

CHINA’S RECORD FACTORY INFLATION POSES ANOTHER THREAT TO SUPPLY CHAINS –

The cost of goods leaving China’s factories is surging by the highest rate on record, stoking fears about stagflation in the world’s second largest economy at a time when it is already grappling with an extreme power crunch and deepening debt woes. (CNN Business)  

FDA SPELLS OUT LOWER SODIUM GOALS FOR FOOD INDUSTRY –

Food companies are coming under renewed pressure to use less salt after U.S. regulators spelled out long-awaited guidelines aimed at reducing sodium levels in dozens of foods including condiments, cereals, french fries and potato chips. (ABC News)

MORE THAN 10,000 JOHN DEERE WORKERS GO ON STRIKE FOR BETTER WAGES –

More than 10,000 union workers at agricultural manufacturer Deere & Co., also known as John Deere, went on strike Thursday morning after union members rejected a new wage proposal by the company, the United Auto Workers union announced, one in a series of recent high-profile strikes as workers have more leverage amid widespread labor shortages. … Read More

FORD COUNTY PIG FARMER ADJUSTS TO CHANGING DEMAND –

When the pandemic arrived in 2020, Bob Miller, like other pork producers, adjusted to the changes affecting both his show pig business and his pork retail business. For Miller, the transition included finding new ways to market his products using a mobile store and online platform. (The Pantagraph)

CHICK-FIL-A LAWSUIT CLAIMS RAISING MENU PRICES ON DELIVERY ORDERS IS DECEPTIVE –

Though more prevalent than ever, delivery is still an extra step in the traditional restaurant experience, and someone is going to have to pay for that additional service. But how upfront does a restaurant have to be with their customers about the way delivery costs are covered? That question is at the heart of a … Read More

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