NASS Ag Labor Survey and African Swine Fever Returns to China
**USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service will conduct its biannual Agricultural Labor Survey in April.
www.morningagclips.com reports, the survey will collect information about hired labor from more than 1,700 farmers and ranchers in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina.
NASS asks producers to answer a variety of questions about their farm labor.
NASS will publish the data Wednesday, May 24th, in the Farm Labor report at www.nass.usda.gov.
**Research from the latest Power of Meat Study showed consumers’ meat usage, attitudes, and trends, with 2022 meat sales climbing 5.7% over 2021, and almost 87% of all home-prepared dinners featured meat or poultry.
Also, more than 98% of shoppers make meat purchases, but inflation is becoming an issue for the entire meat industry.
Consumers spent at least 25% more on food in 2022 than in 2019.
**African Swine Fever is making a resurgence in China and will potentially push prices higher for the most popular protein in the country.
Bloomberg says multiple outbreaks have shown up in different parts of the country throughout the winter.
Rabobank expects the most recent wave of ASF to significantly lower production capacity and push prices higher during the second quarter of 2023.
The outbreak was most severe in the northern regions of the country.