Pork Plants Can Apply for Faster Line Speeds

Agriculture

I’m Clinton Griffiths with today’s AgDay Minute.

USDA is announcing nine pork plants will be able to apply to operate at faster processing-line speeds. They would be allowed to apply under a one-year trial. It comes after a federal judge in March struck down a Trump-era rule that removed line speed limits. As part of the pilot program, USDA says plants will implement worker safety measures under agreements with labor unions or worker safety committees. The National Pork Producers Council says companies report losing 2-and-a-half-percent of their slaughtering capacity following the March court decision.

A hot, dry year is impacting California’s citrus production. Growers say early navel varieties are running smaller this year. Meanwhile, a survey of state citrus growers says the costs of bringing citrus to market have jumped 19-percent since early 2020.

A new poll says four-year colleges are losing some of their luster among teens. The Educational Credit Management Corporation says today’s high schoolers are more open to education paths other than a four-year college. It says a study it conducted last month shows less than half of teens surveyed are planning on attending college even though 86-percent feel pressure to do it. 53-percent believe they can achieve professional success with education attained in three years or less.

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