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FLUSH WITH CASH, CHINESE HOG PRODUCER BUILDS WORLD’S LARGEST PIG FARM

Behind the walls of a hulking industrial compound in rural China, top pig producer Muyuan Foods is trying to raise more hogs on a single site than any company in the world – a risky investment with deadly African swine fever lingering. (Reuters)  

URBAN FARMING CAMPUS ON CHICAGO’S SOUTH SIDE TO FEATURE BIOGAS PRODUCTION –

The $32 million project will transform a vacant brownfield parcel into a new Green Era Urban Farming Campus that will provide access to fresh food, renewable energy and resilient growth for a community that has historically suffered from disinvestment and a lack of employment opportunities. (Renewable Energy Magazine

GLOBAL HUNGER AND OBESITY ARE WORSENING DUE TO VIRUS FALLOUT

Hunger and malnourishment are increasing around the world as the coronavirus crisis pushes more people into poverty and limits access to healthy diets, according to the United Nations. (Bloomberg)

WARREN AND BOOKER PRESS MEAT PACKERS ON EXPORTS TO CHINA –

 Senators Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker questioned how companies could warn of pandemic shortages while exporting record amounts of pork to China. (New York Times)

TRUMP FLOATS HALT TO U.S. CATTLE IMPORTS AS PANDEMIC HURTS RANCHERS

President Donald Trump said on Tuesday the United States should consider terminating trade deals under which it imports cattle as he looks to help U.S. ranchers hit hard by the coronavirus outbreak. (Reuters)

TRUMP AGAIN PROPOSES LARGE CUTS IN CROP INSURANCE –

Three weeks after President Trump boasted of protecting crop insurance in the 2018 Farm Bill, the White House proposed a 31% cut in the federally subsidized program. The cuts, part of the administration’s budget package for fiscal 2021, were proposed — and rejected by lawmakers — in previous years. (Successful Farming)  

ILLINOIS STATE FIRE MARSHAL STRESSES SAFETY WHEN DECORATING AND CELEBRATING THIS HOLIDAY SEASON –

A few tips to keep in mind to stay fire safe when decking the halls this holiday season: If you have a real Christmas tree, make sure to check water levels daily. It is not unusual for a tree to drink two gallons of water the first day it is in the stand; Keep real … Read More

REPORT: RENEWABLE ENERGY TO EXPAND BY 50% IN NEXT FIVE YEARS –

Global supplies of renewable electricity are growing faster than expected and could expand by 50% in the next five years, powered by a resurgence in solar energy. The International Energy Agency (IEA) found that solar, wind and hydropower projects are rolling out at their fastest rate in four years. (The Guardian)

EUROPE’S SPECIALTY FOOD MAKERS BRACE FOR US TARIFFS –

European producers of specialty agricultural products like French wine, Italian Parmesan and Spanish olives are facing a U.S. tariff hike due Friday with a mix of trepidation and indignation at being dragged into a trade war they feel they have little to do with. The tariffs on $7.5 billion worth of European goods were approved … Read More

AFBF LAUNCHES COMMODITY PRICE WEBSITE –

Commodity market futures prices for grains, oilseeds, livestock and dairy can be found on a new section of the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Voice of Agriculture website. (FarmWeekNow

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