and 4th of July Cookout Cost More
**The first cases of southern corn rust for the 2023 growing season were discovered last Tuesday in Clinch and Grady counties along the Georgia-Florida line.
University of Georgia Cooperative Extension experts are encouraging producers to be on the lookout for the fast-spreading disease in their corn crops.
UGA Professor Bob Kemerait says, June 21 is about two weeks later than we typically find it.
**Celebrating the 4th of July with a cookout will cost significantly more than two years ago, although prices have fallen slightly from last year’s record highs.
Families will pay $67.73 to host an Independence Day cookout with ten family members or friends, based on the 2023 American Farm Bureau Federation market basket survey.
That grocery bill is down 3% from 2022, but still about 14% higher than just two years ago.
**The USDA gave two startup companies the go-ahead to sell lab-grown chicken.
GOOD Meat, a subsidiary of food tech company Eat Just, and UPSIDE Foods will be allowed to sell their products that have been cultivated from real animal cells.
Investopedia says chicken from GOOD Meat and UPSIDE has been declared safe to eat by the USDA.
Cultured meat, also called cell-based or lab-grown, uses stem cells from animal fat or muscle tissue to feed cells.