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 […]

Record-Breaking Performance for U.S. Beef and Pork Exports in March

U.S. red meat exports ended the first quarter on a high note. The U.S. Meat Export Federation reported March beef and pork exports each posted the highest monthly value on record. Pork exports and shipments of beef muscle cuts also set new volume records in March. March pork exports were record-large at 294,700 metric tons, […]

January Red Meat Exports Off Year-Over-Year, But Halstrom Is Encouraged

According to the U.S. Meat Export Federation, while beef exports opened 2021 lower than figures reported a year earlier, the decrease was marginal. USMEF President and CEO Dan Halstrom noted beef exports totaled 105,000 metric tons in January, down 2% from a year ago, while value slipped three percent to $653 million. When breaking down […]

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 […]

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 […]

Salmonsen Does Not Believe New China Trade Deal Will Hurt U.S. Ag

Will U.S. farmers be hurt by the world’s largest trade deal led by China and recently signed by 14 other Asian countries? American Farm Bureau trade adviser Dave Salmonsen believes American agriculture already benefits from deals with most of the Asian nations involved in the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership. He noted the RCEP, and the […]

USMEF: August Was A Great Month For Beef Bound For Taiwan, Korea

According to the latest USDA data, U.S. beef exports to Korea and Taiwan set new records in August. Dan Halstrom, U.S. Meat Export Federation President and CEO, noted exports to Taiwan in August totaled 7,439 metric tons, valued at nearly $64 million. He said Taiwan is enjoying a tremendous recovery in the food service industry. […]

ODA: Destructive, Invasive Insect Recently Reported

Oregon Department of Agriculture officials are nervous after a destructive invasive species was recently discovered. A dead spotted lanternfly, was recently discovered in a shipment of planters and ceramic pots from Pennsylvania. When the insect was discovered the Corvallis-based nursery immediately contacted state officials. “We are grateful to the nursery for alerting us about their […]

USMEF: U.S. Meat Thriving In Japanese Convenience Stores

Consumers have changed their habits because of the coronavirus pandemic, but that’s not all bad news. According to the U.S. Meat Export Federation, U.S. Red Meat is thriving in convenience stores in Japan. Jesse Austin, USMEF Vice President for Marketing, said with over 58,000 convenience stores across Japan, they continue to be a dominate source […]

USMEF Is Trying To Adapt To Second COVID Wave In South Korea

A new round of COVID-19 restrictions in South Korea’s food service sector has created challenges for U.S. beef producers in one of its largest markets. The South Korean government has heightened social distancing requirement in the greater Seoul area, including restrictions on food and beverage providers, and a suspension of large gatherings. U.S. Meat Export […]