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The consumer watchdog agency was motivated to bring the case in part because rising costs and supply chain disruptions from Russia's invasion of Ukraine have put economic pressure on farmers, an agency official told Reuters.
The harvest, which was scheduled to begin Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, has been moved to the next week, weather permitting, at Minn-Dak Farmers Co-op, in Wahpeton, North Dakota, Southern Minnesota Beet Co-op in Renville, Minnesota, and in four of five American Crystal Sugar Co. factory districts.
The order, issued Wednesday, Sept. 28, intends to provide "relief from certain regulations for drivers and carriers transporting HPAI emergency equipment and supplies to help mitigate the impacts and limit the spread of HPAI in Minnesota." Walz previously issued similar executive orders in March and April.
Smithfield Foods Inc has agreed to pay $75 million to settle a lawsuit by consumers who accused the meat producer and several competitors of conspiring to inflate prices in the $20 billion-a-year U.S. pork market by limiting supply.

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Footage includes progress on a small butcher shop and proximity to nearby businesses and landmarks. Sioux Falls voters will decide whether to ban future slaughterhouse in the city on Nov. 8.
State Rep. Rick Becker said his proposed legislation focuses on protecting the rights of landowners with the aim of ensuring property owners will be treated with respect and have a say in what happens to their land.
Wholestone Farms backers say they have "an uphill battle" to defeat proposed ban on new slaughterhouses in the city. A ballot initiative brought by opponents to the plant will be decided in Nov. 8 election.
A proposed pumped storage project in Gregory County, an investment by Missouri River Energy Services and MidAmerican Energy Company into the "reliability" of a decarbonized grid, has residents of rural towns like Burke and Platte worried about their livelihoods.
As part of nearly $3 billion in funding announcements, the U.S. Department of Agriculture will put about $80 million in a South Dakota State University-led program for beef and bison producers.
Little wheat and barley has been harvested in some northern North Dakota counties.

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Wholestone Farms custom butchery is at the center of legal dispute about whether the farmer-owned cooperative can continue construction. Smart Growth Sioux Falls has asked a court to stop city from issuing permits and revoking some existing ones.
General Atomics said the proposed project “represents a major vulnerability for maintaining the necessary secrecy and integrity of classified weapons, communications frequencies, satellite connectivity and many other technologies vital to global security.”
Iowa-based Summit Carbon Solutions says its $4.5 billion pipeline project will help ethanol plants, including the Green Plains Ethanol plant at Fergus Falls, Minnesota, lower their carbon scores. The project aims to capture greenhouse gas emissions and pipe the CO2 to western North Dakota for underground storage.

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