Despite Pandemic, Trade Front Remains Active For America Farmers

As 2020 draws to a close, the United States is busy working to improve things on the trade front for American farmers. There was a lot of talk in farm county this year about China, and what the country said it would buy, and what it was actually buying. Dave Salmonsen, senior director of congressional […]

Biden Nominates Tai to be New U.S. Trade Representative

Last week, President-elect Joe Biden nominated Katherine Tai to be the new U.S. Trade Representative. She’s served as the chief trade counsel for the House Ways and Means Committee since 2017. Tai previously served in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative as the counsel for China Trade Enforcement. Howard Roth, National Pork Producers Council […]

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 […]

USA Pork Producers Launch “Give-A-Ham” Food Program

Last week, the National Pork Producers Council launched the “Give-a-Ham” challenge. It’s a nationwide social media campaign encouraging hog farmers and those involved in the industry to donate pork to organizations that serve people living with food insecurity and then will challenge others to follow suit. The “Give-a-Ham” challenge will run through the end of […]

China Has Purchased 71% of Its Phase One Target

The USDA says China has followed through on 71% of its Phase One Economic and trade Agreement commitments. According to last week’s announcement by the USDA and the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office , China has purchased over $23 billion in agricultural products to date. Outstanding sales of U.S. corn to China are at an all-time […]

What Is China Purchasing?

USDA  Undersecretary Ted McKinney recently addressed the Phase One trade agreement with China, and where he sees it going into the future. “Phase One is a two year agreement and even though the federal government just started its new fiscal year on October one, the purchases through and including December 31st is what counts for […]

Virtual Sustainable Agriculture Summit Announced

The Sustainable Ag Summit partners announced the virtual event this week planned for November. Scheduled for November 18th and 19th, the event is hosted jointly by six agricultural organizations and convenes leaders from across the agricultural value chain to create a sustainability event for production agriculture. Partners of the event include the National Pork Board, […]

COVID-19 Disruptions in the U.S. Meat Supply Chain

The Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank says COVID-19 has created substantial challenges for all segments of the meat supply chain, but especially for producers and consumers. Beginning in April 2020, outbreaks of COVID-19 at meatpacking plants led to significant disruptions and created issues of oversupply and low prices for livestock producers. The spread of COVID-19 […]

Ag Groups File Appeal on California’s Prop 12

Back in 2018, California voters passed Proposition 12, which is scheduled to go into effect on January 1st, 2022. But several Ag groups are looking to stop the law before it starts. A Protect the Harvest release says the bill increases regulations on the egg, pork, and veal producers both in the state of California […]

USDA Raises Meat Production Expectations

The USDA has raised its estimates of beef, pork, and broiler production. “Basically what we’re looking at here for both 2020 and this carries forward in to 2021 as well is just the fact that we are moving toward more of a normalized slaughter/capacity slaughter volume,” said World Outlook Board Chair, Mark Jekanowski. Much of […]