SCOTUS won’t hear glyphosate case

IARN — Many farm groups are disappointed by the Supreme Court’s Tuesday decision not to hear a case that could have far-reaching implications for producers’ use of the key herbicide glyphosate. Read more

Cattle industry fighting SEC climate rule

IARN — The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association filed comments on the Securities and Exchange Commission’s controversial greenhouse gas disclosure rule. The rule would require publicly-traded companies to disclose their direct, energy-electricity consumption, and supply chain emissions, creating a burden on cattle producers who supply beef to publicly-traded processors, restaurants, and retailers. “With cattle producers facing record inflation, rising input costs, and labor shortages, another bureaucratic rule is a burden we cannot afford,” says NCBA President Don Schiefelbein. Read more

Russia accused of “weaponizing hunger”

IARN — As we get ready to enter the 5th month of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, we are seeing the toll being taken around the world. With the amount of food that Ukraine provides to that part of the world, the loss of their exports has been causing many problems. Read more

Consumers spend more on food away from home in 2021

IARN — Consumers in the United States returned to pre-pandemic trends, purchasing more food away from home than food purchases intended for consumption at home. USDA’s Economic Research Service released the data Monday, which shows food away from home spending increased 21.1 percent in 2021 from the previous year. Food at home spending also increased, up four percent in 2021. In 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, real total food expenditures fell 6.6 percent from 2019. Read more

April U.S. beef exports top $1 billion

IARN — Data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) shows U.S. beef exports maintained an astounding pace in April, topping $1 billion for the third time this year, while the pork and lamb exports have a different story. April pork exports were well below the large totals posted a year ago, but those lamb exports are continuing to trend higher. Read more