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Supply chain woes hit US ag sector hard

Whether it's backlogs at ports delaying the arrival of containers from China, congestion at railroad hubs, or slowdowns at American manufacturing plants, farmers and ranchers are seeing rising prices and mounting delays for machinery, spare parts, packaging material, inputs and other supplies they need to bring in their crops and market their commodities.
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USDA rolls out timeline for federal vaccination mandate

The Department of Agriculture will require all federal employees to be vaccinated for COVID-19 by November 22, except those who are “legally entitled to a reasonable or religious accommodation,” according to a workplace safety plan outlining the department's pandemic response.
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Vilsack discusses line speeds, meat processing investment at House Ag hearing

A judge's ruling on pork line speed provisions was just one of many topics Vilsack discussed at a wide-ranging hearing, which also included testimony from Sen. Chuck Grassley and representatives from livestock industry groups, that brought out a number of different opinions on livestock issues like meat processing consolidation, beef market price transparency and lamb imports from the U.K.


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