Target Chick-fil-A Sue Poultry Producers and Beef Recovery Better
**Agricultural aviators say they stand ready to help fight wildfires, but that Cal Fire rarely calls on them.
The chairman of the California Agricultural Aviation Association says 37 single-engine air tankers could have been available during severe fires this fall.
A Cal Fire spokesman says the agency allows front-line commanders to decide what planes to deploy.
Incident commanders typically order twin-engine air tankers, rather than single-engine planes.
**Retail giant Target and fast-food powerhouse Chick-fil-A are the latest companies to accuse major poultry producers of price-fixing.
In both lawsuits, they are seeking damages, yet to be determined, and payment of legal fees.
According to agrimarketing.com, both allege the nation's top chicken suppliers reduced production to force an increase in prices and then coordinated pricing for meat supplies.
Earlier this year the Justice Department charged several current and former chicken-company employees on criminal charges of bid-rigging and price-fixing.
**U.S. cattle producers are poised to recover from challenges during the global pandemic more quickly than their competitors, according to National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s Kent Bacus.
Bacus tells agwired.com that a number of trade negotiations are underway for U.S. beef, in places like the United Kingdom, Japan and China.
Emerging markets include Southeast Asia, particularly countries like Taiwan, Vietnam and Indonesia where strong economic conditions bring opportunities for U.S. cattle producers.