Home Indiana Agriculture News Perdue Calls for Investigation Into Cattle Markets After Kansas Fire Perdue Calls for Investigation Into Cattle Markets After Kansas Fire Previous articlePerdue Says Farmers “Keep on Keepin’ On” Despite Trade Issues on the HAT Thursday Morning EditionNext articleWeekly Ethanol Production Increases as More Plants Close Hoosier Ag Today SHARE SHARE By Hoosier Ag Today – Aug 29, 2019 Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter U.S. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue has been monitoring the impact of a fire at the beef processing facility in Holcomb, Kansas.As a part of that monitoring effort, Perdue says, “I have directed USDA’s Packers and Stockyards Division to launch an investigation into recent beef pricing margins to determine if there is any evidence of price manipulation, collusion, restrictions of competition, or other unfair practices.”Perdue says if any unfair practices are found, his agency will take quick enforcement action.The USDA remains in close contact with plant management and other stakeholders to understand the fire’s impact on the industry.The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association was pleased with Perdue’s announcement. NCBA President Jennifer Houston says the announcement demonstrates the government’s understanding of the extreme strain placed on the cattle industry by the plant fire in Kansas.“We encourage USDA to look at all aspects of the beef supply chain and to utilize internal and external expertise in the investigation,” she says. “We believe it adds transparency that will help build confidence in the markets among cattlemen and women.”
ABC NewsBY: DANIEL MANZO, ABC NEWS(NEW YORK) — After a turbulent week, the weather pattern this weekend is looking much quieter across the country.However, a new storm is beginning to move through the Western U.S. and it will bring mountain snow and some rain to the major western cities.Any rain across most of the Western U.S., and especially in Southern California, is very much welcomed at the moment but the rain looks like it might just miss Los Angeles where they have received less than half the average of their wet season rainfall to date.Some mountain snow could also make for treacherous travel, especially in the mountains passes in the Sierra.By Monday, some of this activity will move into the Central U.S. and become the next organized system that will bring impactful weather to the eastern half of the nation.After receiving their fourth largest snowstorm on record earlier this week, it appears another round of snow is headed for the Denver metro area by Monday.Additionally, the developing storm will spark the next round of severe weather with strong storms developing later Monday across Oklahoma and Texas. The risk includes the threat of damaging winds.By Tuesday and Wednesday, the threat for rain and strong storms will move further south and east.There will likely be another severe weather threat across portions of the Gulf states in this time frame.The result of this pattern is, locally, over a foot of snow in some of the northern Rockies and Cascades through Monday.Several inches of snow will be possible in the urban corridor of Colorado as well on Monday and, locally, 2 to 3 inches of rain is possible through Monday in parts of the central Plains and Midwest.The other big news is that it is officially spring this morning and spring-like temperatures will surge into the Midwest and Northeast over the next few days.Temperatures will likely be 10 to 15 degrees above average in the coming days across this region.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.