Adverse Wage Rate Hits Georgia Hard and October Beef Exports Increase
**The USDA recently released Farm Labor Report data used by the Department of Labor to set the next year’s Adverse Effect Wage Rate for H-2A guestworkers.
The data will likely increase the AEWR in 2023 by an average of 7% nationwide, but 14% in Georgia.
An increase this drastic could cause significant harm to
Georgia farmers, so the GFB is asking members to make their voice heard by contacting your U.S. representative and Senators … at https://www.gfb.org/advocacy/action-center.cms#/4.
**October exports of U.S. beef volume increased from a year ago, according to the U.S. Meat Export Federation.
Beef exports are on a record pace in 2022, already exceeding $10 billion.
October beef exports totaled over 125,000 metric tons, up 8% from a year ago.
Export VALUE was down 3% from last October, but overall in 2022, beef export value increased 18% from last year's record pace.
**The prospect of permanent, nationwide availability of the E15 ethanol blend moves closer with new House legislation.
The Renewable Fuels Association thanked Representatives Angie Craig of Minnesota and Nebraska’s Adrian Smith for their leadership on the bill that will end an arcane impediment to making the fuel more widely available.
RFA President Geoff Cooper applauds the effort to support legislation that ensures Americans can choose lower-cost, lower-carbon E15 every day of the year.