In this weekly Commodities Watch column, John T. Barone, president and commodities analyst for Market Vision Inc., offers a snapshot of the state of commodities for restaurants. The federal budget sequester has begun to rear its ugly head in the agricultural sector of the economy. According to a Reuters report, the undersecretary for agriculture, Elizabeth Hagen, told a House Appropriations subcommittee that in order to trim the federal meat safety agency’s budget by $53 million ...

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