In this file:


·         Trump farm bailout money will go to Brazilian-owned meatpacking firm, USDA says

·         JBS embarks on recruitment drive for engineering graduates



Trump farm bailout money will go to Brazilian-owned meatpacking firm, USDA says


By Jeff Stein, The Washington Post

January 9, 2019


U.S. taxpayers will buy about $5 million in pork products from a Brazilian-owned meatpacking firm under President Trump’s bailout program, which was designed to help American farmers hurt by the administration’s trade war, according to documents released Wednesday.


JBS, one of the biggest meatpacking companies in the world, will sell 1.8 million pounds of pork products through a Trump bailout program that buys surplus commodities from farmers and ranchers, say records published by the Agricultural Marketing Service, a branch of the Agriculture Department.


The administration has pitched its $12 billion bailout program as necessary to help farmers weather the long-running trade war with China, but critics have questioned whether funding will also enrich large and foreign-owned firms.


The bulk of the program consists of direct cash payments to farmers hurt by the downturn, although those payments have stalled amid the partial government shutdown. Agriculture Department officials announced Tuesday they are extending the deadline for applying for aid under this program by several weeks at a minimum.


As part of the bailout, the administration is also buying $1.2 billion in surplus products from farmers, including more than $500 million from pork producers, for distribution to food banks across the country.


In November 2018, a Chinese-owned pork firm rescinded its bid for bailout money after a backlash on Capitol Hill over the award. Smithfield Foods, owned by the Chinese conglomerate WH Group, had been awarded $240,000 in pork payments under the bailout program set up to help farmers weather the White House’s trade war with China. Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) criticized the payment, arguing taxpayer money should not go to an international firm...


more, including links



JBS embarks on recruitment drive for engineering graduates


By Ashley Williams, GlobalMeatNews



Brazilian meatpacker JBS has introduced an engineering training programme throughout its Carnes business, designed to train the “next generation” of engineers across its production units.


As part of the training programme, JBS will offer 23 positions across 16 Carnes plants in five different Brazilian states.


To apply for the programme, JBS has urged candidates to enrol through its website by 14 February, and, if successful, training will commence from April.


The meatpacker is targeting engineers who have graduated within the last three years and hold a degree in a range of different engineering courses, such as production mechanics, materials and processes, as well as many more.


JBS’ corporate human resources director Veronica Coelho said: