Could 2021 Be The End Of The Road For TPA?

Trade Promotion Authority allows an Administration to speed trade deals through Congress without deal-killing amendments. TPA is close to expiring, and with no new trade deals in sight, there is a possibility TPA will expire. According to many in the Ag industry, TPA is the linchpin for getting U.S. trade deals approved, but with a […]

Vilsack Highlights Trade Priorities

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is talking about his top trade priorities now that U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai has been confirmed. Vilsack noted recently the main focus will be on trade relations with Mexico and Canada, as well as strengthening existing trade agreements with China and Japan. “Implementation of USMCA. Expansion of the Japanese trade […]

Bacus: Beef Exports Strong Despite Pandemic

Over 242,000 metric tons of U.S. beef has been exported to Japan between January 1st, 2020 and early March 2021. Kent Bacus of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association said not only is that a significant increase considering the trade impediments cause by the pandemic it’s an indication of the success of global marketing efforts over […]

Beef Exports Off In 2020, But USMEF Sees Reason For Optimism

According to the latest numbers from the USDA, U.S. beef exports finished 2020 lower year-over-year, down in both volume at 1.25 million metric tons, and value at $7.65 billion. But the news isn’t all bad. USMEF President and CEO Dan Halstrom said beef ended the year on a very strong note. “[I’m] quite happy with […]

USDA: No Stone Left Unturned When It Comes To Trade Markets

While much of the attention of the farm community, and the world really, was on coronavirus, trade took place over the past year. And specifically Ag trade. Much of that focus over the past 12 months was on new trade agreements between the U.S. and major export customers such as Mexico, Canada, Japan and China. […]

Moore: We Need To Get To Know New Members Of Congress

Getting to know the new faces in Congress will be one of the chief priorities for the American Farm Bureau in the New Year. Executive Vice President Dale Moore says they’ll also need to get to know the new people in Ag leadership positions. “We’ve been working with our state Farm Bureaus to put together […]

Over 25 Years, Ag Export Destinations Shift

The face of Ag trade in the U.S., and where American goods land have changed considerably over a quarter of a century. The United States is the world’s second-largest agricultural trader, trailing only the European Union. American ag exports grew significantly over the last 25 years, from $46.1 billion in 1994 to $126.7 billion in […]

USMEF: October A Good Month For Beef, Pork Exports

According to the U.S. Meat Export Federation, beef exports in October were steady when compared to 2019 figures, but there were significant gains reported in several key markets. USMEF President and CEO Dan Halstrom said beef exports came in at 107,591 metric tons for the month. “It’s really a pretty good rebound from earlier in […]

What Can Ag Community Expect Over Next Four Years? Former USDA Leader Weighs In

Many in farming community are wondering what the future holds under a Joe Biden Administration, especially when it comes to trade. Randy Russell, former USDA Undersecretary, is currently the President of the Russell Group in Arlington, VA. During a recent webinar he noted things will look very different in the next four years compared to […]

USMEF: Despite Struggles Of 2020 Pork Exports To Japan Hold Signs Of Encouragement

During the U.S Meat Export Federation’s Strategic Planning conference in mid-November, USMEF Vice President of Marketing Jesse Austin provided pork producers with an update on two areas that are critical for success in Japan; chilled port and ground seasoned pork. Austin said through September, Japan’s imports of chilled America pork were slightly lower year over […]