A nationwide trucking shortage that began well before the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic has worsened and is not anticipated to improve anytime soon. According to the American Trucking Associations, the United States currently needs an additional 80,000 truckers to meet the demands of shippers.
President Joe Biden announced Wednesday agreements by ports, dockworkers, railroads, trucking companies, labor unions and retailers to drastically expand their hours of operation to ease distribution bottlenecks.
The fresh produce sector is joining dairy processors and the supermarket industry in welcoming the Biden administration’s decision to boost SNAP benefits by 27%. The increase comes from revisions to the Thrifty Food Plan, a calculation that USDA uses to determine benefits. The increase is due in part to the fact that the revision is supposed to bring benefit levels in line with federal dietary guidelines.
Walmart U.S. announced new pollinator commitments that aim to drive pollinator-friendly practices throughout its supply chain for fresh produce and floral products and limit the use of certain pesticides.
Multinational giants in retail, agribusiness, meat processing and food manufacturing, along with the largest restaurant chains and leading apparel brands, want U.S. farmers and ranchers to produce food and fiber more sustainably. This is the first of a five-part Agri-Pulse series that looks in-depth at how reductions in greenhouse gas emissions could have far-reaching effects on American farmers and ranchers.