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Evening Edition | Wednesday, September 28, 2022

In tonight’s Evening Edition, see the top stories in livestock, equipment, and harvest safety.

Livestock News

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.

The case requires approval by U.S. District Judge John Tunheim.

Read on for the details of the settlement and how it eliminates a portion of Smithfield's remaining liability in the nationwide case.

President Biden announced on Monday a proposed USDA rule to prevent unfair and deceptive practices in livestock marketing. 

It was the second of three rules planned by the USDA to give poultry, hog and cattle producers more leverage in dealing with meat processors.

Find out how the rule will promote competition in the article linked below.

Families can expect to pay record high prices for turkey, according to American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) economists.

The retail price for fresh boneless, skinless turkey reached $6.70 per pound in September, a 112% increase compared to the same time last year.

Learn about the factors contributing to high prices and if there will be enough supply this year.

Harvest Safety

Safety should be a major concern for all farmers during harvest, but as the season goes on, it can be easy to miss details or neglect safe practices that can put you or others at risk. 

For example, keep machinery safety features, mirrors, and windows clean both in and out of the field.

Read all six safety tips in the article linked below.

Equipment Announcements

Editor Alex Gray covers news from Case IH and Väderstad.

Case IH has announced upgrades to their long-running series of small square balers and round balers, as well as a new Pro series of round balers.

Get caught up on the what features each series has in the article below.

Väderstad has announced the Carrier XL 30 and XL 40 high-speed discs, taking features from the company’s line in Europe, now adapted for farmers in North America.

Haven't heard of Väderstad? Learn all about them and their portfolio of brands below.

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