AAGC is a consortium of national and state organizations, as well as private-sector companies, representing a broad cross-section of meat, livestock and poultry production; agricultural input; grain marketing, handling and processing; feed manufacturing; and exporting interests.
The AAGC stressed the precariousness of idling millions of acres of farmland under 10- to 15-year CRP contracts given that global grain and oilseed stocks remain relatively tight, with production having fallen short of global usage in seven of the last 10 years.
agricultural demand sectors (every year) are faced with potential supply shortfalls and price volatility" to meet supply needs for food, feed, biofuels and exports, as well as potentially as carbon offsets if climate-change legislation is enacted, the AAGC said.
Under THE BUDGET GOURMET brand, AAGC markets a wide variety of frozen dinners, entrees and side dishes.
AAGC is a business unit of Kraft General Foods Frozen Products Group.
management is already in the process of setting a meeting with union officials to discuss arranging similar assistance for hourly workers.
AAGC is an organization of national and state organizations representing a broad cross-section of meat, livestock and poultry production; agricultural input; and grain marketing, handling, processing and exporting interests.
AAGC applauded Secretary Schafer's decision to allow penalty-free haying and grazing on certain CRP land but noted that the decision "will not adequately alleviate the direct pressure on the livestock industry or the increased feed cost pressures on other segments of agriculture and food industries.
AAGC reiterated that the current supply/demand situation for basic agricultural commodities continues to be precarious.