And the beat goes on (but did you expect different?)

Of course, they denied it. We didn't do anything wrong. There ain't any liability! Such was the tired worn-out rhetoric of Pilgrim's Pride Corporation and Tyson Foods, Inc in agreeing to settle a long-running civil suit filed by Maplevale Farms claiming the two Big-Meat giants fixed prices on broiler chickens.

Opinion: The top agricultural story of 2020 is…

In a normal year we would be debating several worthy agricultural stories as the most important. We certainly would be taking a hard look at the continuing dicamba herbicide saga. 2020 saw the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit de-register dicamba formulations in the middle of the growing season from Bayer AG, Corteva, and BASF because of shoddy regulatory control at the Environmental Protection Agency:

Empleados de la industria cárnica aseguran que la política de asistencia los obliga a trabajar con posibles síntomas de Covid-19

En abril, a pesar de su fiebre, un trabajador de la industria de las empacadoras de carne continuó extrayendo los huesos del cuello de los cerdos en una planta de la compañía JBS en Iowa.

Dos semanas después, dio positivo a Covid-19. Pero mientras tanto, dijo, siguió marcando su entrada debido a un sistema de asistencia sancionador bastante común en las plantas : el sistema de puntos.

#AgAlerts: Farmer suicides; unharvested corn; meatpacker rules; bees

For decades, farmers have been engaged in an epic battle of David vs. Goliath, farmer vs. meatpacker. Just a handful of companies—including Tyson, JBS, and Cargill—control over 80 percent of the meat market. These companies set the price farmers and ranchers receive for their animals, and often work together to ensure that they stay low.