#AgAlerts:Cargill expands to Asia; Supreme Court sides with grocery stores; Valley Fever wreaks havoc on field workers

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A roundup of news, reports and research on agribusiness and related issues. 

Cargill Inc. opened a $48.8 million poultry plant in China. The new facility is set to produce 32,000 tons of protein products each year. The location in Chuzhou, Anhui is the company’s second operation in the country.

A recent Supreme Court ruling allows the grocery industry to control what information is communicated to customers through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.

An argument has developed; many consumers feel these companies won’t release where taxpayer money is being spent.

“Valley fever” is detrimentally impacting many workers in fields. Workers become sick when they come into contact with dry soil in the air.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency must decide whether to ban the insecticide, chlorpyrifos. Row crop farmers await the EPA’s decision in mid-July.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Trump Administration are making it easier for farmers to grow GMO crops. The USDA overhauled GMO treatment guidelines, laid out in a recent proposal.