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Chuck Abbott is a journalist for the Food & Environment Reporting Network, an independent, nonprofit news organization producing investigative reporting on food, agriculture, and environmental health.
World grain production will reach an all-time high of 2.23 billion tonnes, with record-setting wheat and corn harvests.
More federal aid is needed if hog farmers are to survive the coronavirus pandemic, which has depressed market prices and slowed pork production.
The “phase one” trade agreement with China, one of President Trump’s top trade achievements, calls for Beijing to buy huge quantities of U.S. food, agricultural and seafood exports.
Production of chicken, turkey, duck and other poultry meat totaled 4.09 billion pounds for the month, compared to 4.43 billion pounds in March.
Prices at supermarkets are rising at the highest rate in eight years, as the coronavirus constricts meat production and grocery chains limit sales, said the USDA in a monthly forecast.
With money from the $2 trillion coronavirus relief package, the USDA said it would provide up to $1 billion in loan guarantees to help rural businesses and farmers.