FBI Warns of Cyberattacks and Production Drop Forecast for Corn
**Farmers are seeking help in addressing illegal dumping on their properties, and state lawmakers may be responding.
Landowners complain that people are discarding everything from household appliances to tires on farms and along rural roads, creating unsightly messes and costly and often hazardous cleanup challenges.
Legislation passed in the Assembly Natural Resources Committee would provide grants to reimburse farmers for costs of cleaning up the illegal dumping.
**The FBI’s cyber division is warning ag cooperatives across the country to be wary of possible cyberattacks.
The FBI says ransomware attacks typically happen during the critical planting and harvest seasons with attackers hoping to disrupt operations, cause financial loss, and damage the food supply chain.
So far, DTN says two ag cooperatives have been hit by cyberattacks this year, one in February, and the other in March.
**The International Grains Council is forecasting global corn production will drop by 13 million tons in the 2022-2023 season.
Reuters says the first full assessment forecasts Ukraine’s corn crop to drop from 41.9 million tons last season to 18.6 billion, which is tentative due to the war.
The U.S., the world’s leading corn producer, will harvest 376.6 million tons, down from last year’s 383.9 million.
The council also forecasts a decline of one million tons in global wheat production.