UGA's Value Added Institute and North American Cattlemen Meet

UGA's Value Added Institute and North American Cattlemen Meet

Bob Larson
Bob Larson
From the Ag Information Network, this is your Agribusiness Update.

**The University of Georgia is launching the Value-Addition Institute for Business Expansion, or VIBE, a new center for rural food business assistance and resources. reports VIBE is funded by a $1.5 million grant from the USDA’s Ag Innovation Center that establishes and operates centers that provide aid to producers interested in developing and marketing value-added ag products.

UGA’s team will travel to give personalized support and to host workshops across the state.

**The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association along with their Canadian and Mexican counterparts signed a joint statement pledging to work together on a number of issues.

The three groups are also calling on the U.S., Mexican, and Canadian governments to re-engage in opening markets for beef exports and provide stronger science-based oversight of beef imports.

Unfortunately, the three governments have expanded market access for beef IMPORTS while providing fewer opportunities for exports.

**A new report from The Hill says pharmaceutical, manufacturing, and agriculture interests have combined to spend over $400 million lobbying Congress on a new farm


The report also found that between 2019 and 2023, giant agribusinesses, and food and ag industry associations reported a combined $523 million in federal lobby expenditures on ‘farm bill’ issues.

The report says agribusiness lobbying has steadily increased, up 22% in the past five years.

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