Georgia Burn Ban and U.S. Beef Gains EU Access

Georgia Burn Ban and U.S. Beef Gains EU Access

Bob Larson
Bob Larson
From the Ag Information Network, I’m Bob Larson with your Agribusiness Update.

**On May 1, a ban on outdoor burning began in 54 Georgia counties, primarily in the northern half of the state. reports, residents are asked to refrain from burning yard and land clearing debris during the hot summer months because smoke can negatively impact

the state’s air quality.

Campfires and barbecues are exempt from the ban.

**The federal government is facing another lawsuit over The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 and the provision that aids farmers of color.

A group of farmers from Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota, Illinois and Ohio filed the suit, alleging they're ineligible for COVID-19 stimulus loan forgiveness because they're white.

They argue, according to, the Biden administration's stimulus plan only provides loan forgiveness to socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers, defined as Black, American Indian, Hispanic or Pacific Islander, violating white farmers' constitutional rights.

**U.S. beef gained greater access to the European Union in 2020 through a country-specific quota aimed at allowing more U.S. products in at zero duty.

But with most U.S. beef cuts traditionally consumed in Europe's foodservice and hospitality sectors, the U.S. struggled to fully capitalize due to widespread restrictions.

U.S. Meat Export Federation’s Yuri Barutkin says the silver lining is that European distributors made more U.S. beef available to the retail sector where it captured the attention of European consumers.

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