Each week, I receive thousands of emails. Some are worthless. No, I do not want to purchase wearable scanners for my warehouse, since I don’t have a warehouse. Then there are those that pique my interest.
Admittedly, most of my inbox contains agriculture-related emails. So here are five emails from last week that you should know about:
1. Labeling legislation. Congress is trying to shore up a loophole that allows beef from livestock born and raised in foreign countries to be labeled "Product of the U.S.A." as long as it is processed in the United States.
South Dakota Sens. Mike Rounds and John Thune want to pass the "U.S. Beef Integrity Act" to make certain that the "Product of the U.S.A." label only goes to beef and beef products exclusively derived from one or more animals born, raised and slaughtered here. Montana Sen. Jon Tester also is introducing a resolution to reestablish the Country of Origin Labeling program, which was repealed in 2015. Read more on foodsafetynews.com.
2. New hemp projections. The Cannabis Business Times is reporting that the U.S. hemp-derived cannabidiol market is expected to reach $23.7 billion by 2023, up from the current value of $5 billion. The details come from the Brightfield Group.
In the U.S., CBD is driving the growth in hemp with about 87% of the 288,000 acres expected to be used for hemp-derived CBD processing in 2019. On a per-acre level, hemp for CBD could potentially generate $45,203 in revenue, compared with $773 for corn, according to the article. Read more on financialnewsmedia.com.
3. Poultry switch. The poultry industry may have to switch from being known as the “white meat” as U.S. consumers are demanding dark chicken meat. According to a report from CoBank, two key and changing demographic drivers are behind the slow but steady shift in U.S. demand from white chicken meat to dark meat: age and ethnicity.
It shows that millennials are now hitting their stride in income, spending power and meat consumption. And their generation grew up with international dining options that often feature dark meat as the chicken ingredient of choice. Both Latino and Asian populations in the U.S. also are driving the shift to dark meat.
4. Around the world. Hempcorp recently secured a 10,000-acre site set to become the world's largest hemp plantation in India. The site will raise hemp for a variety of products, including health foods, cosmetics, textiles, pharmaceuticals, ecofriendly construction materials, bioplastics, biofuel and more.
5. Giving back. In the inbox feel-good category is The Walt Disney Co., which made a $500,000 contribution to Feeding America. The company has supported the program since 2012. These funds will filter to more than 30 Feeding America network member food banks throughout the United States.
Feeding America works with a network of 200-member food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs to provide food assistance to more than 40 million people annually.
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