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FOREIGN MEAT IS DROPPING OFF THE MENU IN CHINA AS LOCAL PORK PRICES FALL – China’s voracious appetite for imported meat is starting to wane, as domestic pork prices fall and consumer worries grow about the coronavirus lingering on food. (Wall Street Journal)


THANKSGIVING FOOD PRICES SINK AS AMERICANS SCALE DOWN THEIR FEASTS – Turkey prices are sinking as the pandemic may keep some American families from hosting big groups this Thanksgiving. (Bloomberg)


SHOPPERS ARE PANIC-BUYING TOILET PAPER. THIS TIME, THERE SHOULD BE ENOUGH TO GO AROUND – Consumers are panic-buying key items again as the coronavirus surges across the country but this time around, grocery chains and food manufacturers say they will be able to meet America’s urge to hoard and keep supply chains moving, even during the holiday season. (The Washington Post)


'DESPERATE' U.S. FARM GROUPS URGE LIGHTHIZER TO STOP EU RETALIATION – Leading U.S. farm groups on Wednesday urged U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to resolve a 16-year-old transatlantic aircraft subsidy dispute before new European Union retaliatory tariffs take a further toll on American farm exports. (Politico)


ANIMAL WELFARE REPORT: THE COVID CURVEBALL – The coronavirus pandemic has had a profound impact on almost every segment of the meat and poultry industry and, more generally, the US food supply chain. The fallout from COVID-19 has also had animal welfare implications that were part of the domino effect. (Meat + Poultry)


DANISH AGRICULTURE MINISTER QUITS OVER MINK CULLING FIASCO – The Danish minister in charge of farming resigned Wednesday as he took the blame for the government ordering the culling of all farmed mink without having the necessary legislation in place first. (ABC News)


ALLIANCE RECOMMENDS POLICY PROPOSALS FOR AGRICULTURE TO REDUCE EMISSIONS – A group of farm organizations on Tuesday announced a set of proposals for how agriculture should tackle climate change, as they expect to see more aggressive measures taken to lower greenhouse gas emissions under the incoming president. (DTN)


BIDEN’S WIN SHOWS RURAL-URBAN DIVIDE HAS GROWN SINCE 2016 – President-elect Joe Biden will be taking over a country that is even more sharply divided on urban-rural lines. One of the biggest reasons why the divide got bigger in 2020 may be the coronavirus pandemic. (WUFT)


HOMEGROWN BY HEROES SHINES LIGHT ON SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN IN AGRICULTURE – The Illinois Department of Agriculture is proud to relaunch a program aimed at highlighting our service men and women in agriculture. (Journal Gazette & Times-Courier)


U.S. WATER USE DECLINING FOR MOST CROP, LIVESTOCK PRODUCTION – Climate change and a growing world population require efficient use of natural resources. Water is a crucial component in food production, and water management strategies are needed to support worldwide changes in food consumption and dietary patterns. (Wisconsin State Farmer)


CORONAVIRUS AID TO FARMERS TOPS $20 BILLION – The Trump administration has paid $20.5 billion to farmers and ranchers in coronavirus relief since the pandemic struck the United States last winter, said USDA data on Monday. (Successful Farmer)


YOUR NEXT FAVORITE RESTAURANT MIGHT NOT BE A RESTAURANT – Given the economic incentives of lower operating costs and that Covid may have permanently changed eating habits, it’s not hard to see a future where the next McDonald’s or TGI Fridays invests little in tables and waitstaff and instead seeks an advantage by spending on online advertising, digital bells and whistles and making better food at lower prices. (Bloomberg)




CHINA'S IRRITATED TRADE PARTNERS PUSH BACK ON CORONAVIRUS FOOD TESTS – Major food-producing countries are growing increasingly frustrated with China’s scrutiny of imported products and are calling on it to stop aggressive testing for the coronavirus, which some say is tantamount to a trade restriction. (Reuters)


DATA CONFIRMS ALL-TIME LOW INJURY RATE IN MEAT, POULTRY INDUSTRY – Despite accusations against the meat and poultry industry by animal agriculture activists, the North American Meat Institute says data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) counters claims that processors ignored the safety of its workers. (Wisconsin State Farmer)


AG GROUPS PREP FOR CLIMATE ACTION – The ag sector is working to get organized ahead of a new focus on addressing climate change in a Biden administration. On Tuesday, leading agriculture groups are planning to announce the formation of the Food and Agriculture Climate Alliance, or FACA. (Politico)


U.S. AND GLOBAL AG TRADE RESILIENT IN FACE OF PANDEMIC – Partly because food is indispensable, agricultural trade has been remarkably robust despite the disruptions of the pandemic. (Successful Farming)


FARM BUREAU PLANS WIND/SOLAR FARM INFORMATION ZOOM MEETING – As wind and solar companies propose expansions in Vermillion County, the local Farm Bureau is hosting a Wind / Solar Farm Information Meeting on Zoom in early December. (Hoopeston Chronicle)


PRODUCE TRACEABILITY BLUE RIBBON TASK FORCE LAUNCHES – State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball announced the members of the Produce Traceability Blue Ribbon Task Force, which met for the first time Thursday. The task force, which is made up of New York farmers and representatives from produce distributors and retailers, will build on New York’s leadership in food safety practices. (Morning Ag Clips)



FARM INDUSTRY BRACES FOR TOUGHER EYE ON PRACTICES UNDER BIDEN – American agriculture is bracing for tougher scrutiny of practices from environmental protections to workplace safety in the transition from the Trump administration to the Biden administration. (Bloomberg)


SHANGHAI TO START TESTING 'HIGH-RISK' COLD STORAGE FOOD IMPORTS FOR CORONAVIRUS – Shanghai city government said all imports of what it called “high-risk” imported cold-storage food will need to be tested for coronavirus and have packaging disinfected before being stored or sold in the city. (Reuters)


U.S. CROP PRICES ARE RISING, AND CHINA IS BUYING – Dry weather, China’s push to fatten its pigs and the lockdown-induced baking bonanza are lifting prices for U.S. row crops. (Wall Street Journal)


U.S. PRODUCER PRICES RISE 0.3% IN OCTOBER AMID MORE EXPENSIVE FOOD AND GASOLINE – U.S. producer prices increased for a sixth straight month in October amid more expensive food and gasoline, but the trend remained moderate, supporting views of tame inflation given labor market slack and a resurgence in new coronavirus cases. (CNBC)


RESEARCH SUGGESTS THE KEY TO STOPPING DICAMBA DRIFT IS AT THE MOLECULAR LEVEL – Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis are looking at the weed killer dicamba, specifically how its molecules bond with other chemicals that are applied to fields at the same time. (KBIA)




BIDEN REVIEW OF USDA MAY HAVE A CLIMATE MITIGATION PERSPECTIVE – Robert Bonnie, an Obama appointee at the USDA and now the head of an initiative to identify agriculture’s role in mitigating climate change, will lead a review of the Agriculture Department to prepare the way for the incoming administration, said the Biden transition office. (Successful Farming)


COST ANALYSIS: PREMADE THANKSGIVING DINNER VS. HOME COOKED – Here's what to know about spending less on your holiday dinner – and an analysis of cooking Thanksgiving dinner versus buying it premade. (U.S. News & World Report)


GARDENING PROGRAM HELPS MILITARY VETERANS COPE WITH SERVICE-RELATED ISSUES: ‘THEY’RE ABLE TO OPEN UP’ – Lake County-area veterans are finding Growing Healthy Veterans, a nonprofit based in Grayslake, can help them learn to cope with PTSD and other war-related issues. (Chicago Tribune)


PUBLIC BANKS URGED TO SHARE FUNDING FAIRLY, AS CLIMATE BATTERS POOR FARMERS – As the world’s 450 public development banks held their first summit this week, committing to steer the global economy onto a greener and more resilient path, data showed poor communities hit hard by climate change are receiving little financial help. (Reuters)


DINING-OUT DROUGHT MEANS LESS FOOD GREASE TO FUEL BIOFUEL HOPES – As oil refiners face an uncertain future for fossil fuels, many are investing millions to convert refineries into renewable diesel plants that cut carbon emissions by processing discarded fats rather than crude oil. They’re now racing to secure the materials needed to feed the plants, putting some projects in jeopardy of being abandoned. (Bloomberg)





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