Lab-Grown Vs Retail Beef and USDA Emergency Relief Deadline
**Researchers at the University of California, Davis, have found that lab-grown or “cultivated” meat’s environmental impact is likely to be significantly higher than retail beef.
Researchers conducted a life-cycle assessment of energy needed and greenhouse gases emitted in all stages of production compared with beef.
Based on current and near-term production methods, they concluded that lab-grown meat will be worse for the environment and more expensive than conventional beef production.
**USDA Undersecretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Alexis Taylor is in Japan for a three-day trade mission that includes a large representation of American agriculture, including businesses, state ag departments, and commodity groups.
Japan is the fourth-largest market for U.S. food and agricultural exports.
The U.S. is vital to ensuring food security in Japan, with almost a quarter of Japan’s food and ag imports coming from American exporters.
**In order to give producers more time, USDA is extending deadlines for the Emergency Relief Program Phase Two and Pandemic Assistance Revenue Program to July 14.
Also, USDA’s Farm Service Agency is partnering with nine organizations to provide educational and technical assistance to ag producers and provide assistance in completing an application.
FSA Administrator Zach Ducheneaux says we recognize there’s a learning curve for producers applying for the programs.