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27 April 2020
View news from United States Tyson Foods to temporarily halt production at major beef facility
US - Tyson Fresh Meats, Inc., the beef and pork subsidiary of Tyson Foods, Inc., will temporarily halt production at its Pasco, Washington, beef facility while team members undergo testing. Health officials in Walla Walla, Benton, and Franklin Counties...
View news from United States Digital agriculture paves the road to agricultural sustainability
US - In a study, an ecosystem scientist and an agricultural economist outline how to develop a more sustainable land management system through data collection and stakeholder buy-in....
View news from United States Democrat Senators call for Attorney General to investigate price fixing in the US cattle market
Senator Doug Jones and his colleagues are calling for US Attorney General William Barr to investigate reports of price fixing in the cattle market in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. ...
View news from United States USDA and APHIS to help manage supplies at meat processors amid coronavirus
USDA and APHIS will establish a coordination centre to assist livestock producers affected by processing plant closures. ...
View news from United States New health and safety guidance for US meatpackers
The US Labour Department has issued new guidelines for US meatpacking and meat processing plants that have experienced COVID-19 infections....
View news from United States CME update: cattle futures sink as profit-taking and technical selling pressure prices
US live cattle futures eased on 24 April as end-of-week sales and profit taking pressure livestock markets....
24 April 2020
View news from United States NCBA petitions against CFAP limitations for cattle producers
The NCBA has sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue urging against CFAP limitations for cattle producers. ...
View news from United States Tyson halts production at beef facility while workers undergo coronavirus testing
On 23 April, Tyson Foods Inc temporarily shuttered production at its beef facility in Pasco, Washington to test workers for COVID-19....
View news from United States US union reports that more than 5,000 meat and food processing workers were exposed to coronavirus
The largest meatpacking union in the US says that more than 5,000 meat and food processing workers have been exposed or infected with the novel coronavirus....
View news from United States CME update: cattle futures weaken as traders question long-term demand
US live cattle futures eased while traders struggled to determine the long-term demand impacts of the coronavirus pandemic....
23 April 2020
View news from United States NCBA hails additional relief for cattle producers and small businesses
The NCBA welcomes the US Senate passing the Paycheck Protection Programme Increase Act to aid cattle producers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. ...
View news from United States CME update: live cattle futures falter due to processing slowdowns
US live cattle futures eased on 22 April as cash markets for the animals weaken due to closed processing plants, traders said....
22 April 2020
View news from United States CME update: cattle futures slip due to stock sell-offs
CME Group cattle futures were weaker on 21 April, facing pressure by a steep decline in equity markets....
21 April 2020
View news from United States CME update: cattle contracts fell on technical selling
Cattle contracts ease as supplies are expected to tighten....
20 April 2020
View news from United States Zoetis teams up with cattle producers to support coronavirus relief efforts
Cattle producers are sharing images from calving season to raise money for food banks. ...
View news from United States CME update: cattle futures mixed at the end of the week
US live and feeder cattle futures ended mixed on 17 April, with short term contracts pressured by coronavirus-related slowdowns at processing plants, while hopes of a reopening economy bolstered deferred contracts....
View news from United States Trump administration unveils $19 billion coronavirus aid package for farmers
On 17 April, President Trump announced a $19 billion relief programme to help US farmers weather the impact of the coronavirus – including food buys for poor Americans and $16 billion in direct payments....
19 April 2020
View news from United States Calf stress at weaning could affect future production
There are two times in a dairy cow’s life that can be critical to maximising future milk production. One, as most of us know, is the transition period around calving. The other, which may be more surprising, is the weaning period way back when the cow...
17 April 2020
View news from United States CME update: cattle futures reach one-week high, rebounding from COVID-19 losses
US live and feeder cattle set one-week highs on 16 April as markets reverse coronavirus-related losses....
16 April 2020
View news from United States Trump administration unveils plans to buy milk and meat to help farmers impacted by COVID-19
USDA secretary Sonny Perdue announced plans to buy milk and meat from US farmers as part of an initial $15.5 billion effort to help them remain operational through the coronavirus outbreak....
View news from United States CME update: cattle futures stabilise amid further meat plant shutdowns
US cattle futures recovered on 15 April as markets advanced from recent losses that traders believe dropped prices too far below the cash markets....
15 April 2020
View news from United States COVID-19-related cattle industry losses in the US estimated at $13.6 Billion
A recent study estimates that cattle industry losses stemming from the coronavirus pandemic will reach $13.6 billion....
View news from United States Trump administration faces mounting pressure to buy food for the needy and cut waste
The US administration is facing increased pressure to purchase more meat, dairy and produce for food banks as farmers dump and destroy goods due to reduced restaurant demand because of coronavirus....
View news from United States CME update: cattle futures rise on hopes that US slaughterhouses will reopen
US cattle futures rose on 14 April reversing recent losses....
14 April 2020
View news from United States US to unveil $15.5 billion in coronavirus farm aid
Sources report that the USDA will spend up to $15.5 billion in the first phase of its plan to shore up the nation’s food supply chain against the impacts of COVID-19....
View news from United States North American meat plant workers fall in and walk off jobs due to COVID-19
In the recent “Focus – Elbow to elbow” analysis from Tom Polansek and Rod Nickel of Reuters, reporters find widespread walk outs among North American meat packers and processors as coronavirus erodes the workforce – putting the meat supply chain...
View news from United States CME update: cattle futures sink further as COVID-19 closes more meat processors
US Livestock futures plunged on 13 April as worries of reduced meat processing capacity clouded the market....
13 April 2020
View news from United States US pork processor shuts plant indefinitely, with beef plants likely to follow
Smithfield Foods says it will shut a US plant indefinitely due to a spike in COVID-19 cases and warned that the US was moving “perilously close to the edge” in supplies for grocers....
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