Smithfield Sale Subject to more Extensive Review
The federal Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) will conduct a more extensive, second phase of review of the proposed acquisition of Smithfield Foods Inc. by Shuanghui International, a firm with ties to China’s largest pork processor.
In its release, Smithfield said “Smithfield and Shuanghui International remain committed to working cooperatively with CFIUS throughout the process. The CFIUS process is confidential and Smithfield and Shuanghui International do not intend to comment further on that process while it is ongoing.”
Although most CFIUS investigations are approved without the more extensive second phase of review, even those that are given additional scrutiny usually have been approved.
USDA ARS Studies Bee Health, Possible Causes for Population Decline
Declining honeybee colony populations continue to be a concern – and the U.S. Department of Agriculture recently participated in a study trying to discover why this decline is occurring.
USDA Agricultural Research Service Bee Research Leader Jeff Pettis says one possibility found during this study is exposure to certain fungicides – which is causing honeybees to be more vulnerable to the Nosema parasite…
FSA County Committee Nomination Deadline Approaching
Farmers, ranchers and other agricultural producers have about a week left to nominate eligible candidates to serve on local Farm Service Agency County Committees. FSA Administrator Juan Garcia is especially encouraging the nomination of beginning farmers and ranchers – as well as women and minorities. For a complete list of eligibility requirements and nomination forms – visit www dot FSA dot USDA dot gov slash elections http://www.fsa.usda.gov/elections
The deadline to submit nominations is August 1st.
USDA Lowers Food Price Inflation Forecast for Rest of 2013
USDA analysts last year expected 2013 retail food price inflation to be up to four-percent because of the drought – but the current food price forecast is 1.5 to 2.5-percent. USDA Food Price Economist Ricky Volpe says there are several factors impacting the food price forecast…
But Volpe says even if the food at home CPI increases by more than one-half of one-percent every month for the rest of the year – the inflation will still just be 2.5-percent – which he says is unlikely to be sustained for six-months.