Ag News: Biden to Talk JBS with Putin and Pallet Shortage
**President Biden will meet President Vladimir Putin as planned on June 16, after holding Russia culpable for the ransomware attack that crippled meatpacker JBS.
A White House spokesperson tells www.agriculture.com, the administration is engaging directly with the Russian government on this matter and delivering the message that responsible states do not harbor ransomware criminals.
JBS was hit by the attack in North America and Australia, but says our systems are back online, and we are not sparing any resources to fight this threat.
**The United Fresh Produce Association is voicing concerns that pallet shortages, have the potential to affect the availability of produce to consumers.
UFPA says the lack of pallets is adding stress to a supply chain already facing significant challenges like a lack of available trucks and containers, ongoing labor challenges, fluctuating fuel costs, and pandemic-related challenges.
The lumber and wood products shortage has increased the cost of raw lumber 200% to 350%.
**In the wake of water shortages, food processors have reduced the number of tomatoes they plan to buy from California farmers.
A new government estimate says tomato acreage will be down nearly 4% from an original planting-intentions survey released in January, citing water availability concerns.
It says planted tomatoes have been “developing nicely,” and the overall crop could still be larger than last year’s.