The Justice Department and multiple state attorneys general are engaged in an ongoing investigation into potential price fixing by the nation’s four largest beef processors, according to previously unreleased documents acquired by Agri-Pulse.
The Biden administration has selected five state leaders to Rural Development and Farm Service Agency offices and the National Pork Board has tapped Dustin Oedekoven as the organization’s new chief veterinarian.
Fallen structures, electrical wires and damaged barges are still clogging the lower Mississippi River, but Louisiana Ag Commissioner Mike Strain says he expects the main artery for U.S. ag exports to be at least partially open for traffic in five days or less.
Jenny Lester Moffitt was confirmed by the Senate last week to become undersecretary for marketing and regulatory programs at USDA, and the Bureau of Reclamation’s California Great-Basin Region has selected Joshua Israel to be the new science division manager for the Bay-Delta Office.
A wide-ranging executive order that President Joe Biden signed Friday seeks to address consolidation throughout the economy and includes a special focus on actions the Department of Agriculture could take to address the meat industry and antitrust enforcement.
USDA has announced the addition of four individuals to staff position, and Lesly McNitt is leaving the National Corn Growers Association and joining the Democratic staff on the House Agriculture Committee.
The House Agriculture Committee is working on a bill to help Black farmers increase their market share by providing tax incentives to suppliers to buy their products, committee chairman David Scott, D-Ga., said on a webinar Friday on diversity and inclusion in agriculture moderated by Agri-Pulse.