Ag Today June 2, 2020
'Lemon' or not, Trump stuck with Phase 1 China trade deal for now [Reuters]
U.S. President Donald Trump has little choice but to stick with his Phase 1 China trade deal for now despite his anger at Beijing over the coronavirus pandemic, new Hong Kong security rules, and dwindling hopes China can meet U.S. goods purchase targets, people familiar with his administration's deliberations say. … Talking tough on China and criticizing the Obama administration's more measured approach is a key part of Trump's re-election strategy. Sticking with the pact may mean accepting that China is likely to fall short of purchase...
Ag Today June 1, 2020
U.S. food prices see a historic jump and are likely to stay high [Associated Press]
… While price spikes for staples such as eggs and flour have eased as consumer demand has leveled off, prices remain volatile for carrots, potatoes and other produce because of transportation issues and the health of workers who pick crops and work in processing plants. … The Labor Department reports that the 2.6% jump in April food prices was the largest monthly increase in 46 years. … Some grocery price jumps were because of people stocking up when the coronavirus first arrived.
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Ag Today May 29, 2020
Mexican farmworkers crammed into border tunnel despite contagion risk [Reuters]
Every night, hundreds of farm workers in Mexico crowd for hours in a cramped tunnel to a border station to reach day jobs in Imperial Valley, California, with no social distancing enforced despite coronavirus cases saturating hospitals in the region. … Both the documented day laborers and U.S. border agents worry the lack of social distancing on the Mexican side and the slow processing at the port of entry put them at risk. … Employers have asked for Calexico's second port of entry to open at night to avoid bottlenecks. "We...
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