The Western Producer 22 Jul, 2021 20:30 am

U.S. eyes more packing capacity

U.S. eyes more packing capacity
CHICAGO, Ill. (Reuters) — The United States government plans to invest at least $500 million to expand beef, pork and poultry processing capacity, U.S.

agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack said recently.9 trillion pandemic relief package approved in March will be awarded to meat processors in grants and loans to make the supply chain more resilient and increase competition in the sector, Vilsack said at a news conference in Council Bluffs, Iowa.Ranchers are now selling cattle for a loss even though meat companies make profits selling beef to consumers, Vilsack said.A cyberattack against the North American arm of Brazilian meatpacker JBS that shut U.

The North American Meat Institute said on July 9 that Biden’s order will “open the floodgates for litigation.Biden’s order directs USDA to consider new rules to make it easier for farmers to bring and win legal claims against big processors.

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