Washington Stateinvesting.com

Meat Giants Face Ire in Washington Amid U.S. Beef Surge

(Bloomberg) -- Meatpackers are in the crosshairs of U.S. lawmakers including traditional allies as ranchers complain that beef processors are abusing market power to gain out-sized margins at their expense. Four giant companies control more than 80% of U.S. beef processing. Ranchers and cattle feeders are seething over a surge...
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Odessa, TXcbs7.com

Odessa police respond to multiple crashes along I-20

ODESSA, Texas (KOSA) - Police responded to multiple crashes along I-20 in Odessa on Wednesday afternoon. According to the Odessa Police Department, the eastbound lanes of I-20 between JBS Parkway and Grant were shut down for a crash involving two 18-wheelers. Police say that westbound traffic on the interstate was...
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Congress & Courtsvoiceofalexandria.com

Grassley: Consolidation puts cattle farmers ‘on life support’

Family cattle farmers are the lifeline of rural communities across Iowa and the country, Sen. Chuck Grassley told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, but “they’re currently on life support” because of consolidation in the meatpacking industry. Grassley, a farmer and ranking Republican on the committee, has been expressing concerns...
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Ottumwa, IAkyoutv.com

Ottumwa Law Enforcement rally together for cookout for officer’s wife

OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) - A heat index of over 110 didn’t stop Ottumwans from rallying together for a good cause Wednesday. Cars backed up a good portion of East 2nd Street for a cookout held to rasie money for Ottumwa Police Officer Chase Johnson’s Family after his wife was several injured in a car accident earlier this month.
Public SafetyZDNet

Biden: Major cyber attack could lead to a 'real shooting war'

US president Joe Biden had some tough words over recent state-sponsored and criminal ransomware attacks, suggesting that if the US were to end up in a "real shooting war" it would be because of a major cyberattack. Biden's comments follow this month's REvil ransomware attack on the managed service provider...
Agriculture Online

More competition in meatpacking or ‘bust them up,’ senators are told

With four companies dominating the meat industry, Congress and federal regulators must intervene to assure that livestock farmers get a fair price from processors or “if need be, bust them up,” the president of the National Farmers Union said at a Senate hearing on Wednesday. It was the strongest call yet for reform from farm groups riled by months of low cattle prices at the same time consumers are paying high beef prices at the supermarket.
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Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting

‘Is this legal?’: Why an obscure data service has been sued nearly 100 times for facilitating anti-competitive behavior

In the mid-2000s, a poultry researcher approached James MacDonald, then a branch chief for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service, with some data. Its detail and depth shocked him. “My reaction was, ‘Jeez, is this legal?’” MacDonald said. The question remains unanswered, albeit not for lack of trying:...
Public SafetyInfopackets

Russian Ransomware Group Suffers Big Blow

A ransomware gang said to have Russian links appears to have been knocked offline. The REvil group recently demanded a $70 million ransom after a major attack. The group was linked to two recent attacks, the first on an international meat processing company. JBS, which is estimated to process 20 percent of the beef and pork sold in the US, had to shut down production while dealing with the breach.
Congress & CourtsWashington Post

The Cybersecurity 202: Combating ransomware’s a top priority for the Senate Homeland Security Committee

Leaders of the Senate Homeland Security Committee are poised to introduce legislation aimed at combatting damaging ransomware attacks and launching a probe to thwart criminal hackers who use cryptocurrency to demand and receive multimilllion-dollar ransoms. Chairman Gary Peters (D-Mich.) has been conducting an investigation into how Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies...
Public Safetysecuritymagazine.com

BlackMatter and Haron ransomware groups emerge after DarkSide and REvil disappear

A new ransomware group launched into operation this week, claiming to combine the best features of the now-defunct Darkside and REvil ransomware groups. Named BlackMatter, the group is currently recruiting affiliates (collaborators) through ads posted on two cybercrime forums named Exploit and XSS. According to security firm Recorded Future, BlackMatter...
John Birch Society

The Debate Over Women Registering for the Draft

The Senate Armed Services Committee, in its fiscal 2022 National Defense Authorization Act, considered the requirement for women to register for the draft. The House and Senate have debated this for the last six years. But the John Birch Society warned about women, the draft and Equal Rights Amendment back...
Congress & Courtsfeedstuffs.com

Expanding cattle processing capacity may fall short

Both the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee and U.S. House Agriculture Committee held hearings July 27 on the current state of the beef supply chain. Although the common talking points of the Big Four controlling 80 to 85% of the processing capacity continued to be shared, a call for a long-term strategy also resonated among Congressional members and those witnessing.