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25 August 2021
USDA issues new guidance on the Packers and Stockyards Act
The National Farmers Union is welcoming new USDA guidance on enforcement of the Packers and Stockyards Act provision, saying that it helps promote economic competition. ...
USDA updates CFAP 2 aid for livestock and poultry contract producers
The USDA is including contract livestock and poultry producers in the latest update of COVID-19 assistance. ...
Additional 2.8 million acres of US farmland go to the Conservation Reserve Program
The US has accepted 2.8 million acres in offers from agricultural producers and private landowners for enrollment into the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) in 2021....
Appeals court finds Kansas ag-gag law unconstitutional
Coalition of animal welfare and worker safety groups welcome the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that strikes down Kansas's "ag-gag" law on free speech grounds. ...
24 August 2021
Slaves to deforestation: Labor abuses fuel Brazil's Amazon destruction
When labor inspectors arrived in a rural area of the Brazilian Amazon state of Para in late June, they expected to rescue illegal loggers working in slavery-like conditions. But the trees were already cut down and the loggers gone....
Australia greenlights ag-specific visa
Australia's National Farmers' Federation (NFF) has welcomed news that the government will deliver a long-sought agriculture-specific visa to shore up the workforce. ...
US farmers and ranchers brace for tropical storm Henri
The US Department of Agriculture is reminding American communities in the path of storm Henri that post-disaster assistance is available....
23 August 2021
Labor shortages in UK meat industry are spiralling says industry group
UK's meat industry labor shortage could threaten Christmas food supplies, warns the British Meat Processors Association....
22 August 2021
"Brexit has left farmers in fear for their futures"
A post in The Conversation by Yorkshire-based farmer Peter Gittins has outlined the stresses and uncertainty facing UK agriculture as the country overhauls its subsidy regime....
21 August 2021
Canada unveils new initiatives to support mental health for farming and rural communities
Canada hopes to improve its mental health supports for rural communities with three new initiatives. ...
20 August 2021
New financial assistance is available to US dairy farmers
The USDA has announced new improvements to the Dairy Safety Net and New Pandemic Market Volatility Assistance Program, taking first steps in an over $2 billion package of assistance for dairy farmers. ...
USDA greenlights extra aid for organic certification
The USDA is accepting applications from farmers to help cover costs for organic certification....
19 August 2021
USA debates labelling practices on beef and meat labels
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association launched a petition to change the wording on meat packaging labels earlier this year – groups are now debating whether “product of USA” should be retired in favor of “Processed in USA”....
2021 NCBA: Improved outlook for cattle producers
An ag economist says all signs are pointing to an uptick in cattle prices, reports Meghan Grebner for Brownfield Ag News. ...
18 August 2021
UK issues new rules on maximum journey times when transporting farm animals
The new rules, which also include allowances for more headroom, follow a UK-wide push to improve the conditions and welfare for livestock during transport....
US food stamp program gets first update in 45 years
The US Department of Agriculture has modernized the Thrifty Food Plan and updated SNAP benefits, giving needy Americans improved access to affordable nutrition. ...
17 August 2021
EU shoppers value provenance when buying meat
The rules governing origin labelling for meat provide relevant information for EU consumers and do not pose trade barriers, according to new analysis from the European Commission....
OSHA recommends mask-wearing for vaccinated meat plant workers
OSHA, the US agency that regulates workplace safety issued guidance urging employers to require many fully vaccinated workers to wear masks to protect unvaccinated colleagues and customers, amid a surge in COVID-19 cases....
Canadian farmers can get federal support to reduce GHG emissions and improve climate resilience
Canada's Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Marie-Claude Bibeau, launched a call for proposals for the On-Farm Climate Action Fund, a new fund under Agricultural Climate Solutions....
16 August 2021
Canada moves to support cattle ranchers battling wildfires and droughts
Canada increases AgriRecovery funding to $500 million to support farmers facing extreme weather. ...
NFU UK responds to lump sum exit scheme consultation
The UK Government consultation into the proposed lump sum exit payment for farmers looking to leave the industry has ended - here's where the NFU stands. ...
15 August 2021
USDA explores solutions for food waste in the US and abroad
The USDA will host a virtual roundtable on 15 September that focuses on policies and approaches that successfully reduce food waste....
12 August 2021
Opinion - EU's assessment of the Farm to Fork strategy presents inconvenient truths
The EU's Joint Research Center has released a report on the impact of the Biodiversity and Farm to Fork strategies on agriculture, and EU farming union Copa and Cogeca warns that the policy will result in an unprecedented reduction in agriculture capacity....
11 August 2021
US Senate passes the INVEST in America act
In a 69-30 vote, the US Senate passed the INVEST in America Act, which would allocate $1.2 trillion towards updating national infrastructure. The bill will now go to the House for consideration....
Latest IPCC report makes for "sobering reading", say's Australia's NFF
Despite the grim headlines generated by the latest IPCC report, National Farmers' Federation CEO Tony Mahar says that Australian farmers continue to lead the way in cutting emissions....
10 August 2021
Changes in UK's Red Tractor standards provide opportunity to act on BVD
New plans to take more active control of Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD) through Red Tractor assurance have been welcomed by CHECS chair Abi Reader, who says UK beef and dairy farmers now have a huge opportunity to boost profitability and reputation by working...
American Farm Bureau Federation voices support for infrastructure legislation
The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) has sent a letter to all 100 US senators to highlight its support of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. ...
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