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 […]

U.S. Keeping Canada Border Closed Through September 21st

The U.S. Homeland Security Department recently announced the continued closure of the U.S.-Canada border through September 21, citing COVID-19 concerns. The closure includes restrictions on non-essential travel at land and ferry crossings with Canada and Mexico but ensures the flow of essential trade and travel. Meanwhile, Canada opened the border earlier this month to non-essential […]

USMCA Not With Out Challenges, Head of USGC Says

The USMCA went into effect a little more than  year ago, and it was widely hailed as an improvement over NAFTA. But, Ryan LeGrand, President and CEO of the U.S. Grains Council, said USMCA hasn’t been without challenges. “First of all, we’re certainly glad to have an agreement in place with our two top trading […]

Idaho Dairy Farmer Goes Before Senate To Stress Importance Of USMCA Enforcement

Allen Huttema, Executive Committee Member of the National Milk Producers Federation, recently spoke before the U.S. Senate Finance Committee stressing the importance of enforcing the USMCA. The Parma, ID area dairy producer said it’s important that all countries, particularly Canada, holds to even the spirit of the agreement. “Making sure that our dairy products, the […]

Tai Talks Trade With Wisconsin Dairy Farmers

Last week, U.S. Trade Representative Kathrine Tai traveled to Wisconsin to meet with dairy farmers. Several producers voiced their concerns and priorities for dairy exports, specifically when it comes to trade issues with Canada under USMCA. “I think we had some really candid exchanges. One of the really important aspects of the USMCA is that […]

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 […]

USTR Meets with USMCA Trade Representatives

U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai spoke with officials from Mexico and Canada this week on trade issues during a meeting in Mexico City. The meeting coincided with the one year anniversary of USMCA replacing NAFTA. A statement from the USTR office said Tai spoke with her Canadian counterpart about softwood lumber, dairy, and WTO reform. […]

USMCA Trade Officials Meeting in Mexico City This Week

Trade representatives from the United States, Mexico and Canada are set to meet this week to commemorate the first anniversary of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, better known as USMCA. Mexico’s Secretary of Economy, U.S. Trade Ambassador Katherine Tai, and Canada’s Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade meet in Mexico City Tuesday. The […]

Fazio: Ag Community Has Been Doing The Right Thing During The Pandemic

Saying “better late than never”, the Washington Farm Bureau and the Washington Farm Labor Association are breathing a sigh of relief, after Governor Jay Inslee, the State Department of Labor and the Health Department revised emergency housing rules for farmworkers. WAFLA Executive Director, Dan Fazio said removing the masking and social distancing requirements makes perfect […]