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 […]

Japanese Beetle Population In South Central Washington Concerning For WSDA

Last week, the Washington State Department of Agriculture announced that the Japanese beetle population continues to grow in Yakima and Benton counties. Since the announcement of the outbreak of this invasive species, the WSDA has caught 20,000 beetles, with an anticipation of even more beetles before the growing season comes to an end. The beetles […]

Beef Exports Very Strong During The First Half Of 2021

U.S. Beef exports were very strong during the first half of 2021. According to the U.S Meat Export Federation, exports through June reached 700,087 metric tons, up 18% from the same time period a year ago, with a value of $4.64 billion, up 28% from last year. USMEF Economist Erin Borror said the beef export […]

DMI: Growth Opportunities For U.S. Dairy Exists Overseas

As farm country marks June as Dairy Month, Dairy Management Inc. takes a look at dairy export opportunities and area of growth. DMI’s Amy Wagner says the organization started working with the food service industry across the U.S. around a decade ago, and then took that work abroad. “About one out of every six tankers […]

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 […]