Beef fuels biggest increase in grocery prices in nearly a decade
Grocery prices climbed by 5.6 percent, their largest 12-month increase since December 2011, although the U.S. inflation rate is a mild 0.6 percent, said the Labor Department on Tuesday.
Zoetis petitions to make foot-and-mouth vaccine in U.S.
The world’s largest producer of animal medicines and vaccines, Zoetis, petitioned the USDA for permission to produce in the continental United States a vaccine for foot-and-mouth disease.
China makes its largest ever purchase of U.S. corn
Far behind on its “phase one” commitments with the United States, China bought 1.76 million tonnes of U.S. corn, its largest purchase ever of American corn and also the largest sale of U.S. corn to any buyer in three decades, said the USDA on Tuesday.
TODAY’S QUICK HITS
Few states protect farmworkers from coronavirus: Only eight states have mandatory safeguards for farmworkers against exposure to the coronavirus. Sixteen have issued non-binding guidance to growers and 26 “have failed to take any action,” according to an analysis of state regulations. (Environmental Working Group)
Poultry price-fixing trial delayed: U.S. Judge Philip Brimmer delayed to next February 21 the trial of five poultry-industry executives, including chief executive Jayson Penn of Pilgrim’s Pride, on charges of conspiring to fix prices of chicken meat. (Loveland Reporter-Herald)
Union objects to end of ‘hero pay’: The union representing 70,000 workers at the Stop and Shop grocery chain said it would file a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board over the company’s termination of hazard pay on July 4. (United Food and Commercial Workers)
Nierenberg wins Julia Child award: Food Tank co-founder Danielle Nierenberg is the winner of the $50,000 Julia Child Award “for her work as a global thought leader on a mission to build a more equitable food system and as a champion for underrepresented voices in the industry.” (Julia Child Foundation)
Gordon to retire at NGFA: Chief executive Randy Gordon, who spent nearly 43 years at the organization, will retire following the National Grain and Feed Association’s 125th annual convention in March 2021. (NGFA)
Lemongrass to reduce methane: For a limited time in five cities, Burger King will sell a Whopper patty made with beef from cattle fed lemongrass for the three or four months before slaughter to reduce the amount of methane belched by the animals. (CNBC)