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USDA Commits $500 Million for ASF Prevention

WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 29, 2021 – The National Pork Producers Council today commended Agriculture Secretary Vilsack for dedicating $500 million in USDA Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) funds for the prevention of and preparation for African swine fever (ASF), a pig-only disease that would be devastating for the U.S. pork industry.

Evers Proposes Nearly $25M Package Targeting Agriculture

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers has proposed a nearly $25 million package of bills targeting the state’s agriculture industry and rural communities.

Evers announced the plans Tuesday, with Democratic lawmakers, at the World Dairy Expo. The centerpiece is a proposal that would create $20 million in grants to help Wisconsin food banks and pantries buy food from local farmers.

“The state can do more and should do more to invest in farmers and the agriculture industry,” Evers said.

USDA Extends Deadline for Animal Loss Assistance for Livestock Producers

Producers who suffered losses during the pandemic due to insufficient access to processing may now apply for assistance for those losses and the cost of depopulation and disposal of the animals through Oct. 12, 2021, rather than the original deadline of Sept. 17, 2021. PLIP is part of USDA’s Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative.

Visit farmers.gov/plip for more information on how to apply.

Meat, Farm Workers To Get $600 Grants In New $700M Aid Plan

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture says workers on farms and at meatpacking plants who were severely affected by the coronavirus pandemic will be eligible to get grants of up to $600 per person as part of a new $700 million aid program.

The grants announced Tuesday are intended to defray some of the costs workers bore as many of them bought their own protective equipment or took unpaid leave as the virus tore through their industries, even as they were required to keep showing up for work.

The United Food and Commercial Workers union estimates that at least 132 meatpacking workers died of COVID-19 and at least 22,000 workers have been infected or exposed to the virus.

Read the Full Story at: https://www.keyc.com/2021/09/07/meat-farm-workers-get-600-grants-new-700m-aid-plan/

With Market Size Valued at $4.7 Billion by 2026, it’s a Healthy Outlook for the Global Precision Livestock Farming Market

Amid the COVID-19 crisis, the global market for Precision Livestock Farming estimated at US$3 Billion in the year 2020, is projected to reach a revised size of US$4.7 Billion by 2026, growing at a CAGR of 7.7% over the analysis period. Hardware, one of the segments analyzed in the report, is projected to record a 7.3% CAGR and reach US$3.1 Billion by the end of the analysis period.

After a thorough analysis of the business implications of the pandemic and its induced economic crisis, growth in the Software segment is readjusted to a revised 7.8% CAGR for the next 7-year period.

Biggest Hog profits since 2014 – Red ink is liable to return in late 2022

Calculations by Lee Schulz at Iowa State University estimated farrow-to-finish profits at $62.58 per head for hogs marketed in June. That was the fifth consecutive profitable month and the highest profit since September 2014. July profits averaged $51.41 per head. August profits will be lower still.
The futures market implies that profits will continue to decline as we move closer to the end of 2021, then trend higher in the first half of the new year. Red ink is liable to return in late 2022.

Minnesota Pork Board Names 2020 Industry Award Winners

The Minnesota Pork Board recognized individuals and families who have made significant contributions through pork promotion, consumer and producer education, youth mentoring and service to the pork industry at its annual Awards Reception on January 27 in Minneapolis, according to a board release.