Good day and welcome to the Sprout, where June 10 brings with it a whole gaggle of food holidays, including: National Herbs and Spices Day; National Iced Tea Day; National Rosé Wine Day; and National Black Cow Day (which is apparently a fancy name for a Root Beer Float made with chocolate ice cream).
Here’s today’s agriculture news.
The world’s largest meat processor confirmed on Wednesday it paid a US$11-million ($13.3-million) ransom after hackers broke into its computer systems, disrupting operations in Australia, the United States and Canada. As the Associated Press reports, JBS said the decision to pay the ransom was a difficult one, noting the majority of its facilities were operational at the time of the payment.
The company said it decided to pay the ransom to avoid any unforeseen challenges and to ensure no data was taken.
Today’s meeting of the House Agriculture committee has been cancelled. The committee was expected to continue discussions around Bill C-205, which would amend the Health of Animals Act.
The Canadian government said on Wednesday it was prepared to relax quarantine protocols for fully vaccinated Canadians returning home, beginning in early July. Reuters has the latest.
And the Town of Mulgrave, Ont. says it will hold a plebiscite in August about the future of farm animals within town limits after continued public complaints about the animals’ accompanying smell. The Guysborough Journal reports.
Moving to bacon-related news: China’s state planner said on Wednesday the country plans to use state reserves of pork to stabilize the domestic hog market. As Reuters reports, the move comes after a more than 50 per cent plunge in hog and pork prices since the beginning of the year.
The Biden administration says it plans to protect more waterways in the United States using environmental regulation — a move that reverses a decision by the previous Trump administration to rollback regulations. As Reuters reports, the Trump administration’s decision to rollback the regulations had been welcomed by farmers, ranchers and manufacturers.
Meanwhile, Forbes is reporting the Biden administration also plans to help secure food supply chains by allocating US$4 billion ($4.8 billion) to strengthen it through the Build Back Better initiative.
U.S. chicken-producer Claxton Poultry Farms has been indicted in Colorado on charges of price-fixing. Reuters has that story, too.
And an avocado farm in Kenya is facing more claims of abuse as the company attempts win back business in the United Kingdom. BBC News has more.
A man in California is lucky to be alive after he was found stuck inside a piece of farm equipment. As ABC News reports, the man had been stuck inside the farm machinery for two days after his curiosity about old farm equipment engines supposedly got the best of him...