USMEF Latina American Showcase and CDC Wrong on Farmer Suicide
**The U.S. Meat Export Federation held its eighth annual Latin American Product Showcase last week in the Dominican Republic.
The event drew a record turnout of 190 red meat buyers from 20 countries across the Caribbean, Central America and South America, with 54 exporting companies from the U.S.
The showcase was conducted with support from the National Pork Board, the Beef Checkoff Program, the Nebraska Beef Council, the Wisconsin Beef Council, the United Soybean Board and the Iowa Soybean Association.
**The Competition Bureau has reached an agreement with BASF in connection with its proposed purchase of assets that Bayer AG must sell following its recent Monsanto acquisition.
According to agrimarketing.com, the Bureau concluded BASF's acquisition of the Bayer assets would substantially lessen or prevent competition in the supply of canola seeds and traits in Canada due to BASF's pre-existing position in that market.
To address those concerns, BASF has agreed to sell its Clearfield Production System for Canola and supporting assets.
**Turns out the Center for Disease Control's widely cited study showing farmers with the nation's highest suicide rate was wrong.
Agrimarketing,com reports the agency retracted the data on Friday, which showed people "in farming, fishing and forestry" had suicide rates of 84.5 per 100,000 people, four times the national average.
The figures persuaded lawmakers to include funding for mental health support for farmers and ranchers in the Senate Farm Bill.