July Beef Exports Set Record While Pork Value Remains Strong

U.S. beef exports set another value record in July. Data recently released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation shows export value climbed 45% year-over-year to just over $939 million, while volume was the third largest of the post-BSE era at 122,743 metric tons, up 14% year-over-year. July beef exports to the […]

U.S. Red Meat Exporters and Latin American Buyers Reunite at USMEF Event

More than 130 red meat buyers from 21 countries across Central and South America and the Caribbean recently gathered at the U.S. Meat Export Federation Latin American Product Showcase. The event was held annually from 2011-2019 before the COVID pandemic forced a postponement in 2020. The showcase, held August 25-26, is well-established as a go-to […]

New On-line Tool Available To Help Meat Producers

Beef, lamb, and veal producers now have resource to get real-time data on market grading, volume, and price discovery by USDA’s recently introduces grading dashboard. Taylor Cox is AMS’s Associate Deputy Administrators. He said data is gathered from plants and companies. “We can aggregate the data in to the dashboard. So we’ve built a tool […]

Lawmakers Look How To Prevent Future Supply Chain Disruptions

The beef industry has had to address, and overcome, some very unique circumstances and challenges over the past two years. How has is the industry doing and getting the beef supply chain back to normal? “Beef cattle system responded remarkably well. Cattle prices have been on the rise. Consumer demand is strong,” said Perdue University […]

Bass: More Conversations Need To Take Place Between Producers, Packers

As lawmakers and the Ag industry look to determine how to ensure beef producers and the packing houses both receive fair pay, and have a good working relationship, one University of Idaho assistant professor said it all starts with communication. Phil Bass, with the U of I’s Meat Science Department, said not only do producers […]

NWFCS: Drought, Feed Costs Expected To Be Biggest Issues Facing Dairy, Beef Operations

We wrap up the first half of our Northwest Farm Credit Services quarterly commodity snapshot series, we do so taking a look at livestock. Bill Perry, Vice President at NWFCS said thanks to the drought, the cattle industry is expected to see unprofitable returns. “Drought will force producers to carefully evaluate retention of breeding stock […]

Joseph: Watch Livestock During Summer Heat

With temperatures expected to top out into the triple digits this weekend, the Washington state Veterinarian is reminding livestock owners to be proactive and check on their animals with regularity. Dr. Brian Joseph said there are several warning signs to watch for, especially in animals that have dark coats, or are very heavy, such as […]

NCBA, NFU Welcome USDA Product of USA Action

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and National Farmers Union support the top to bottom review of the Product of the USA label. The review, announced last week by the USDA, follows a vote to strengthen the regulation by the Federal Trade Commission. NCBA President Jerry Bohn says, “NCBA members have voiced concerns about the potentially […]

USMEF Working With Local Farmers To Promote “Buy Local” in Mexico

When the coronavirus pandemic started in March and April of last year, it sparked an increase in the buy local movement in the U.S, as well as in Mexico. To try to capitalize on the renewed interest in knowing from where their food comes, The U.S. Meat Export Federation went outside the box to appeal […]

United States, Taiwan Talk Trade and Investments Priorities

The United States and Taiwan held the eleventh Trade and Investment Framework Agreement, or TIFA, Council meeting last week. The discussions, held virtually, focused on enhancing the longstanding trade and investment relationship between the United States and Taiwan. The TIFA establishes council meetings as the key mechanism for trade and investment dialogue between the U.S. […]