Today’s quick hits, Feb. 24, 2020

Brazil says it can ship beef to U.S. (Reuters): Agriculture Minister Tereza Cristina Dias said the United States has reopened its borders to shipments of fresh beef from Brazil, one of the world’s largest beef producers, ending a ban that began in June 2017.

Hormel says no to ractopamine (Meat+Poultry): Meatpacker Hormel joined other pork processors in saying it will not buy hogs for slaughter that were fed or exposed to the feed additive ractopamine, banned by China and the EU.

JBS accused of ‘cattle laundering’ (Guardian): The world’s largest meat company, JBS, based in Brazil, faces growing public pressure to ensure it does not buy cattle from farms created by illegal deforestation in the Amazon region.

Unexpected rise in Deere earnings (Bloomberg): Farm and construction equipment maker Deere reported an unexpected increase in earnings and said farmer confidence has improved amid hopes of relaxation of trade tensions and larger ag exports.