Stubbornly record-high corn prices in Brazil, the world's No. 2 exporter of the grain, are compelling pork producers to slaughter sows they cannot afford to feed and poultry processors to close plants.
USDA says farmers intend to plant 97 million acres of corn in 2020. As COVID-19 acts as an anchor on the markets, and the ethanol crisis continues to unfold, some analysts say 97 million acres could be a stretch.
Beef production, and I agriculture in general, has become a pretty contentious issue over the past several years. Most often, the criticism is directed at us while we try to defend ourselves in a graceful manner.
Researchers from the College of Veterinary Medicine have developed a faster, more efficient method of detecting Shiga toxin-producing E. coli, or STEC, in ground beef, which often causes recalls of ground beef.