Southern Rust in Georgia Corn and Smithfield Foods to Shut California Plant
**Southern rust was confirmed in two South Georgia counties and more are expected.
www.agfax.com reports, this is a little early for that disease to develop and suggests a real threat to corn growers in Southeast Alabama for now, but possibly growers throughout Alabama depending on how things unfold in the coming weeks.
Weather conditions are quite favorable for spread of southern rust, but irrigated corn provides ideal conditions.
**Many of agriculture’s leading groups are reacting positively to the expected nomination of Doug McKalip to be the chief agricultural negotiator with the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office.
McKalip has been a key ag policy official for three decades, and Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says that makes him a great choice for the post.
The U.S. Grains Council says McKalip will be able to use his strong background in farm and trade policy and his knowledge of biotechnology to advance U.S. global trade priorities.
**Smithfield Foods is stopping all harvest and processing operations in Vernon, California, in 2023 due to the rising cost of doing business in the state.
The company will also align its hog production system by reducing its sow herd in the western region.
The company will shrink the size of its sow herd in Utah and is looking at options to exit farms in Arizona and California.