Livestock Mandatory Reporting Background

In the mid-1990’s, there were growing concerns in the industry and Congress over packer concentration as meat packing companies were consolidating and getting larger. This was captured in a 1996 report, Pork Price Reporting Improvement Initiative (pdf), as a survey of pork industry packers. In the fall of 1998, the swine industry faced an oversupply situation, and negotiated slaughter hog prices fell to historically low levels.

USDA Sets New Deadline to Apply for Farm and Food Workers Relief Grants

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) today announced it is extending the deadline to submit applications for the Farm and Food Worker Relief (FFWR) Grant Program from Feb. 8, 2022, to March 10, 2022. Additionally, AMS has updated the requirements regarding employment verification methods for eligible beneficiaries.

AMS has partnered with two organizations, UFW Foundation and Corazón Latino, to provide FFWR applicants with pre-award technical assistance: