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U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack unveiled the new funding, designed to enhance competition in food processing and distribution, increase access to healthy food, and expand markets for farmers, during a speech at Georgetown University.
Convoys and protests and been felt across Canada, especially in the capital city of Ottawa, but also at Emerson, Manitoba.
His words to diplomats from nearly 200 countries marked the closest he has ever come to a de facto backing of vaccine mandates.
Carbon capture and COVID-19 will continue to influence agriculture.

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AgweekTV's Michelle Rook and Randy Martinson of Martinson Ag Risk Management discuss how corn, soybeans, wheat, cattle and hogs held up to a wild day in the markets after the discovery of the COVID-19 Omicron variant.
"This deal is nothing more than a slap on the wrist for Smithfield and a deeply troubling betrayal of the men and women who have already sacrificed so much in this pandemic," said B.J. Motley, president of the UFCW Local 304A, which represents workers at the Sioux Falls Smithfield Foods plant.
Smithfield Packaged Meats Corp., the owner of the Sioux Falls plant, has agreed to pay the fine and develop an infectious disease preparedness plan for its plants nationwide, in a settlement with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the agency announced Monday, Nov. 15.
Amanda Volsen, who helps with her family's farm in Faribault County, was an employee of Mayo Clinic until she was terminated over her decision to remain unvaccinated.
Some North Dakota farm groups are growing concerned about federal COVID-19 vaccination mandates for elected Farm Service Agency county advisory committees and others.
St. Joseph Equipment in Eyota, Minn. is facing supply chain problems stemming from the pandemic, as well as problems filling mechanical and parts positions.

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Equipment manufacturers are faced with a painful choice this harvest season: Send parts to factories to build new tractors and combines to sell to farmers or redirect those parts into the field to repair broken equipment for existing customers?
Scientists and staff at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service have been studying COVID-19 for over a year-and-a-half to ensure that America’s agricultural system is safe.
Matt Laubach was able to walk away after his combine was hit by a train Saturday afternoon south of Glenwood. It was the second mishap to happen to him in less than 48 hours. The day before, he and his daughter tested positive for COVID-19.

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