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Evening Edition | Thursday, May 19, 2022

In tonight’s evening edition, read the latest news about the livestock reform bill, avian influenza cases, and projected Kansas wheat crop.

Livestock Reform Bill

The House Agriculture Committee approved legislation on Wednesday to create a special investigator’s office at the Agriculture Department to enforce fair-play laws in the highly concentrated meat industry.

If enacted, the Special Investigator for Competition Matters could issue subpoenas and file lawsuits in pursuit of violations of antitrust law and USDA livestock and marketing regulations.

Kansas Wheat

The 2022 Kansas wheat crop is projected to average 39.7 bushels per acre – down 19 bushels per acre from 2021.

The 261-million-bushel total wheat crop estimate from the nation’s largest winter wheat-producing state is less than the 271 million bushels USDA projected in May and if realized, would be the lowest since 2014.

It’s also the lowest projection from the Wheat Quality Council’s annual Hard Winter Wheat Tour of Kansas since 2018.

Avian Influenza

Editor Madelyn Ostendorf reports on the latest reported case of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI).

Monmouth County, New Jersey, had identified a case in a non-commercial backyard flock (poultry) that has since been depopulated.

To date, more than 37.95 million reported birds have been affected by HPAI.

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