USDA’s Food Safety and inspection Service failed to explain why it did not consider worker safety in a 2019 rule allowing pork slaughter facilities to increase line speeds, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.
More than 140 members of Congress are calling on the Department of Agriculture to offer “swift assistance for cattle producers” with some of the $9.5 billion authorized to assist farmers and ranchers hit by the effects of the coronavirus.
The risk of being a victim of COVID-19 is scary, it’s unnerving and in some cases, it’s life threatening. But grocers and other food retailers across the country want you to know: They have your backs.
A recent State Department move is expected to speed approval of farmworkers seeking to enter the country, but observers of the process are still keeping a watchful eye on many parts of the H-2A program.
During the first week of March, the produce industry watched sales stay pretty much in line with prior year – even as shoppers started to stock up on non-edible items like toilet paper in the wake of the growing COVID-19 pandemic. Then everything changed.
Producers are expected to plant 7.29 million more corn acres, 7.6 million more soybean acres, and 451,000 fewer wheat acres this year, according to USDA’s Prospective Plantings report released Tuesday.