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Meat & Poultry Industry not to Blame for Inflation

The North American Meat Institute (Meat Institute) said consumers saw increased meat prices in 2021 because of labor shortages, greater consumer demand, supply chain problems and other factors experienced by most sectors of the economy.  “Inflation is hurting consumers by erasing the wage gains workers received due to the tight labor market and the pandemic,” said Julie Anna Potts, President …

Cost of Beef for Consumers Stable Since 1994

Looking for a scapegoat for economy-wide inflation, the Biden administration has alleged that meat and poultry industry concentration is to blame for rising consumer prices. The truth is not so convenient. Using USDA’s meat industry concentration data, the chart below demonstrates that, although the four-firm concentration in fed cattle beef packing has remained relatively constant since 1994, the Consumer Price …

US Monetary Policy Poised to Replace COVID as Economic Wild Card

Despite the surge in COVID cases and the complications it brings, the U.S. economy continues to thrive. Workers are steadily returning to the labor force; the unemployment rate is currently under 4% and consumers are still spending confidently. Until the omicron surge subsides, the biggest economic risk will be the millions of workers who report sick and hamper already beleaguered …

New Egg Regulatory Program Standards for Improving Egg and Egg Product Safety

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Egg Regulatory Officials (NERO) are announcing a new program for state egg and egg product regulators entitled the Egg Regulatory Program Standards (ERPS). The standards are designed to integrate the regulatory activities of partner agencies into an efficient and effective process for improving egg and egg product safety in the …

Pesticides, Air Quality and Upcoming Statewide Notification System Explained

California has allocated $10 million to begin the development of a statewide system the provides information to the public about pesticides used around them. DPR is working in partnership with several agricultural commissioners on local pilot projects as part of the development of the system this year. Watch this brief interview with Riverside County Agricultural Commissioner Ruben Arroyo as he …

State of the Wine Industry, Lodi/Interior with Mike Needham

There’s been a lot of activity in the wine market over the past several months as the industry heads into 2022 with tighter inventories. Watch this brief interview with Mike Needham as he shares some insights of what he’s been seeing in California’s interior wine grape regions based on his recent presentation at Malcolm Media’s Tree & Vine Expo.   …

Almond Processor Shares How Supply Chain Disruption is Impacting Business, Industry

The seemingly never-ending supply chain disruptions continue to impact many aspects of our everyday lives, and our agricultural industries have also suffered tremendous losses due to these challenges. Watch this brief interview with Katie Staack-Dorsett from Grizzly Nut as she shares to find out and learn more in Pacific Nut Producer Magazine. Please thank this video’s sponsor Trece for their industry support.

$225 Million in Partner-Driven Conservation on Ag and Forest Land

The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced up to $225 million in available funding for conservation partners through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). RCPP is a partner-driven program that leverages collective resources to find solutions to address natural resource challenges on agricultural land. This year’s funding announcements include opportunities for projects that address climate change, benefit historically underserved producers …

SJV Air Pollution Control District Addresses Phase Out of Ag Burning

Agricultural burning as we know it is currently in the process of being phased out.  So what’s the timeline, what alternatives are out there and what incentive programs are available for the industry to make this big transition? These topics were addressed at Malcolm Media’s recent Grape, Nut & Tree Fruit Expo. Watch this interview with Crystal Yunker from the …

Almond Board Unveils New Marketing Partnership with MARVEL

Among the vast amount of information shared at the annual conference of the Almond Board of California, Chairman Brian Wahlbrink shared some of the most exciting news related to their 2022 marketing campaigns. Watch this brief interview to find out and learn more in Pacific Nut Producer Magazine. Please thank this video’s sponsor Trece for their industry support.  

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