Florida Stone Fruit Field Day and Meatpacking Bosses Testify in Congress
**Tomorrow’s Stone Fruit Field Day will address a variety of topics and concerns Florida peach growers face, including production issues such as disease and pest management and training and pruning trees.
The highlight of the field day will be information on new peach cultivars released by the UF/IFAS stone fruit breeding program in the past year, the UFSol and UFRuby.
Current and interested peach growers and all those interested in stone fruit are invited.
**The prices for eggs intended for processing are soaring to record highs because of the avian influenza outbreak, according to Bloomberg.
The rapid bird flu spread could make this one of the biggest outbreaks in history.
Twenty million birds have been culled from the nation’s flocks, which is hitting the breaker egg market hard.
The high price is driving production costs higher for food makers, which will push inflation higher.
**The CEOs of Cargill, Tyson Foods, JBS, and National Beef Packing have agreed to testify before Congress.
Reuters says the four meatpacker bosses will discuss cattle markets and price increases for consumers.
House Ag Committee Chair David Scott says it’s important to find out why prices have dropped for ranchers and risen for consumers.
The concern is a small group of meatpackers can dictate beef, pork, and poultry prices, which add to inflation pressures.