USDA proposes fairness-in-marketing livestock rule – June 26, 2024

USDA proposes fairness-in-marketing livestock rule

Re-entering a battle that dates from the Obama era, the USDA said on Tuesday it would modify its livestock marketing regulations to make it easier for producers to win complaints that they were treated unfairly by meatpackers. At present, producers must show a harm to the market in general. The revision would allow harm to one producer to be sufficient proof of an unfair practice.

Misleading and inaccurate arguments retard farm bill progress, says Stabenow

Congress may be forced to keep the 2018 farm law in operation into the new year because of “disingenuous and misleading” arguments by Republicans that are preventing progress on its replacement, said Senate Agriculture chairwoman Debbie Stabenow. The new farm bill is nine months overdue so “it’s time to get real,” said Stabenow in a five-page statement.

FDA begins new round of tests for H5N1 virus in dairy products

As part of research into milk safety, the FDA will conduct a second round of tests for the H5N1 avian flu virus in dairy products, aiming at a broader range of goods, such as aged raw milk cheese and butter and ice cream, the agency announced on Tuesday. The USDA said it intended to eradicate bird flu in dairy cattle without resorting to a yet-to-be-developed vaccine.


A powerful Everglades nonprofit sued one of its former scientists.

Beloved parks like the Everglades usually offer a chance for feel-good politics; polls show that Americans of all stripes support protections for nature, water especially. In Florida, Democrats and Republicans both clamber to position themselves as the Everglades’ greatest champions. But beneath the veneer of the press releases, there have always been disagreements over the best approach to conservation—and differences in how willing politicians are to accept inconvenient science. The Everglades Foundation’s case against [Thomas] Van Lent offers a rare glimpse of those tensions, and reveals the extent to which money and power can influence decision-making in the world of conservation.


Iowa approves carbon pipeline: The Iowa state Utility Board approved Summit Carbon Solutions’ proposal to build 700 miles of carbon pipeline across Iowa but required the company to gain approval from four other states before it will grant a permit. (KGAN-TV)

Grocery inflation 1 percent: Grocery prices will rise by a modest 1 percent this year, the smallest increase in five years; seafood and dairy products would decline, and most categories of food would see smaller-than-usual increases, said the monthly Food Price Outlook. (USDA)

Seek 67 percent increase: A trade group for biomass-based diesel and sustainable aviation fuel makers petitioned the EPA to increase by 2 billion gallons for 2024 and 2025 the Renewable Fuel Standard for biomass-based diesel to reflect sharply rising production volumes. (Clean Fuels)

Denmark taxes farm emissions: Beginning in 2030, Danish farmers will be taxed for carbon dioxide emissions from their farms — the first such tax in the world, with the government pledging financial aid to farmers who plant trees and retire low-lying, high-emission land from production. (Copenhagen Post)

Extreme wildfires more frequent: The frequency at which extreme wildfires occur has more than doubled in the past two decades, driven by startling increases in the U.S. West, Canada, and Russia, said scientists who reviewed satellite data. (Nature)

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