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06 October 2021
USDA makes moves to expand meat industry capacity
Secretary Tom Vilsack has earmarked $100 million from the American Rescue Plan to establish loan guarantees to create more competition in the meat supply chain....
05 October 2021
New immigration law opens door for 4,000 New Zealand dairy workers to become Kiwis
DairyNZ says the Government’s long-awaited decision to provide a pathway to residency is exciting news for thousands of eligible dairy farm workers....
McDonalds sets net zero carbon emissions goal for 2050
McDonald’s Corp set a new target to cut global greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050, from the beef in its burgers to the light bulbs in its restaurants....
UK public voices support to retain food self-sufficiency levels
More than 54,000 people in the UK have signed an open letter to Environment Secretary George Eustice that calls for the UK to retain its current level of 60% self-sufficiency in food production....
04 October 2021
UK pauses competition law for CO2 suppliers amid shortages
Britain has temporarily exempted parts of the carbon dioxide (CO2) industry from competition law to help provide further security of the gas's supplies to food businesses in the country....
FACA welcomes new USDA Climate-Smart Agriculture initiative
The Food and Agriculture Climate Alliance (FACA) is encouraged by USDA’s announcement inviting proposals to advance voluntary climate-smart farming and forestry practices....
Australian farmers welcome dedicated ag-worker visa
Australia's National Farmers Federation is celebrating the Governor General signing legislation that creates a dedicated agriculture visa....
02 October 2021
EU and US join Global Methane Pledge ahead of COP 26 conference
The European Union and United States have joined the Global Methane Pledge, an initiative to reduce global methane emissions that will be launched at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 26) in November. ...
01 October 2021
US trade chief Katharine Tai to unveil Biden's China trade strategy on 4 October
US Trade Representative (USTR) Katherine Tai will unveil the Biden administration's long-awaited strategy for the troubled US-China trade relationship in a speech on Monday at a Washington think tank, her office said....
China gorges on American grain-fed beef amid shrinking supplies from Australia
As Australian beef exports to China wither amid diplomatic tensions, demand there for US grain-fed beef has soared, fuelled by the appetites of a growing Chinese middle class....
US unveils new climate partnership initiative for ag sector
The USDA has announced a $3 billion investment in agriculture, animal health and human nutrition as part of a new climate partnership initiative that will tackle the urgent challenges the face US farming. ...
30 September 2021
UK government will not issue any additional visas for agri-food sector
The UK will not introduce any new visa schemes for agriculture and food businesses that are facing acute staff shortages, say government sources....
Lawsuit against the “Big 4” US meat packers moves forward
The US National Farmers Union has issued a statement welcoming a class action lawsuit against JBS SA, Tyson Foods, National Beef and Cargill Inc, the four largest meat packing companies in the US. ...
Proliferation of apps could cause issues for the ag sector, says researcher Sjaak Wolfert
Researcher Sjaak Wolfert, speaking as part of the Mansholt Lecture series in Brussels, has given key insights into the digitalization of agriculture and the potential impacts of this technological leap forward. ...
Opinion: Labor shortage threatens to cancel out any Brexit dividend
An analysis written by Peter Hardwicke from the British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) explains that shortages of EU laborers in the UK meat industry will undermine its competitiveness going forward. ...
29 September 2021
Argentina to restart beef exports to China after caps lifted
On 28 September, Argentina announced that it would once again allow cattle farmers to freely export beef to China....
8th Circuit court in US skpetical of Tyson’s bid to keep COVID-19 claims in federal court
Judges on a the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals panel appeared leery of Tyson Foods Inc’s claim that it was acting under the federal government’s direction when it kept an Iowa processing plant open during the early weeks of the COVID-19 crisis....
28 September 2021
Large companies leading the way in global "Pathways to Dairy Net Zero" climate initiative
40 leading organizations, including 11 of the 20 largest dairy companies in the world, among first to support new global “Pathways to Dairy Net Zero” climate initiative. ...
27 September 2021
Brazil’s antitrust regulator gives Marfrig acquisition of BRF the green light
Cade, Brazil’s antitrust regulator has approved with no restrictions Marfrig’s acquisition of a 33.6% stake of BRF....
UK warned visa plan to fix truck driver shortage will not solve crunch
Britain’s decision to issue temporary visas for 5,000 foreign truck drivers is a short-term fix that will not solve an acute labor shortage that risks major disruption for retailers in the run-up to Christmas, business leaders have warned....
“We’ll do whatever it takes to resolve trucker shortage”, says UK
The UK has vowed to do whatever it takes to resolve a trucker shortage that has forced oil giant BP to close some petrol stations and strained supermarket supply chains to breaking point....
Brazil's Bolsonaro says UK's Johnson sought “emergency” food deal UK embassy differs
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Thursday that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, whom he met this week in New York, asked him for an "emergency" agreement to supply a food product that is lacking in Britain....
26 September 2021
UK releases new round of funding for collaborative farming communities
The Countryside Stewardship Facilitation Fund is set to re-open in December, giving groups of farmers and landowners the opportunity to be rewarded for their knowledge-sharing efforts. ...
24 September 2021
UN Food Systems Summit looks for recipe to tackle global food dysfunction
Billions of people are overweight, millions are hungry, one third of food is wasted and the way the world produces, processes and consumes food generates one-third of greenhouse gas emissions, UN chief Antonio Guterres said on 23 September at the first...
NFU lobbies for stronger antitrust action with Fairness for Farmers campaign
The National Farmers Union, the second-largest farm group representing nearly 200,000 farming families in the US, has launched a campaign to expose the negative effects of consolidation and monopolies in the agriculture industry on family farms and rural...
“Don’t panic buy” UK minister tells consumers
Consumers should not panic buy products as Britain is not heading back into a 1970s-style "winter of discontent" of strikes and power shortages, a junior minister said on 23 September....
23 September 2021
UK's food supply chain and labor crisis calls for urgent action from PM, says NFU
The UK's National Farmers Union (NFU) is calling on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to implement a COVID-19 Recovery Visa to address labor shortages that are adversely impacting the supply chain. ...
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