Georgia Farm Bureau on Atrazine Review and Global Food Prices Drop
**The EPA is taking public comment for its “Proposed Revisions to the Atrazine Interim Registration Review Decision.”
But, www.gfb.org warns, Atrazine is an important tool for weed mitigation in several crops, including corn, sorghum and sugarcane.
The proposal would severely limit how Georgia farmers can use Atrazine for controlling broadleaf weeds, especially pigweed.
If adopted, more than 72% of U.S. corn acres would be out of compliance.
**Global food prices dropped for a fifth-straight month after a seasonal rise in supplies and a drop in demand for some products.
With more grain our of Ukraine, wheat harvest is helping ease those supply concerns.
A U.N. index of world food costs dropped 1.9% in August and remains at its lowest level since January.
While consumers will feel some relief, the declines aren’t as sharp as they were in July, when food prices dropped the most since 2008.
**Annual U.S. retail prices for beef and veal are projected to rise 6 to 7% in 2022 compared to last year.
In May, according to www.agrimarketing.com, the farmer's share of the retail value of beef also increased year over year, but rising input costs, especially cattle feed, may limit farmers' ability to benefit from higher cattle prices.
USDA estimates show feed expenses are the largest operating cost for cow-calf producers, at 75% in 2021.