AFBF monitoring impact of JBS cyberattack
By Brent Barnett, Iowa Agribusiness Radio Network
June 2, 2021
The American Farm Bureau Federation says it’s uncertain what kind of impact this week’s cyberattack on JBS will have on the beef supply chain.
JBS – one of the world’s largest meatpackers – announced on Sunday that some of the servers supporting its North American and Australian IT systems were targeted. Scott Bennett is director of congressional relations with the American Farm Bureau.
“The company took immediate action, suspending all of the affected systems, notifying authorities, and activating the company’s global network of IT professionals and third-party experts to resolve the situation,” said Bennett. “The company’s backup servers were not affected, and it is actively working with an incident-response firm to restore its systems, as soon as possible.”
Bennett expects disruptions in the meatpacking industry…
... Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley tweeted on Tuesday that he is closely monitoring the JBS cyberattack and plans to get updates from JBS officials on the issue. Grassley added that food security is a national security issue...
Farm Bureau Urges Administration to Address Surge of Undocumented Immigrants
Oklahoma Farm Report
03 Jun 2021
The American Farm Bureau Federation joined all 50 state Farm Bureaus and Puerto Rico Farm Bureau in sending a letter today urging the Biden administration to address the surge of undocumented immigrants entering the United States. The increase in illegal immigration is severely impacting farm and ranch families, putting property and personal safety at risk. The letter was sent to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Interior Secretary Deb Haaland.
“We have been listening to the concerns of our members and hearing how their livelihoods are being affected by the surge on the border,” the letter states. “They (farmers) shared how their crops and property are being damaged, which in turn has caused financial hardship. For example, these landowners are experiencing cut fences, destroyed crops, compromised water sources, vandalism, litter on their property and more. Most importantly, the security and safety of these families are at stake given the current circumstances.”
The letter points out that local and state border security resources have been exhausted, leaving little help for farmers and ranchers. It highlights the problem of human smugglers, known as Coyotes, explaining that landowners live in fear while Coyotes reap a windfall from leaving people destitute...
more, including link to full letter