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china farm billThe National Cattlemen’s Beef Association sent a coalition letter to President Donald Trump, urging him to raise the restoration of U.S. beef access to China when he meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping in April. Leaders from the U.S. Meat Export Federation and the North American Meat Institute also signed the letter. Continue reading

Pacific region livestock meat
The world’s biggest packer, JBS, suspended meat production at 33 of its 36 meatpacking plants in Brazil as countries continue to ban Brazilian beef due to the corruption scandal and ongoing investigation. Continue reading

Brazil President Michel Temer (Mee’-shell Tuh-mehr’) called the recent scandal around Brazil’s sale of expired meats to other countries an “economic embarrassment” on Tuesday while more countries suspended meat imports from his nation. Continue reading

brazil beef global
A sanitary inspection bribery scheme in Brazil means less options for global buyers of beef. That could mean more opportunity to export U.S. beef to nations seeking to block imports from Brazil. Continue reading

January meat beef exports
January exports of U.S. beef and pork were up significantly year-over-year, maintaining the solid momentum established in the fourth quarter of 2016, according to statistics released by USDA and compiled by USMEF.

Beef exports totaled 96,488 metric tons (mt), up 17 percent from a year ago, valued at $515.5 million – up 18 percent and the highest ever for the month of January. Exports accounted for 12.2 percent of total beef production and 9.5 percent for muscle cuts only – with both ratios being fairly steady with January 2016. Export value per head of fed slaughter was $256.62, up 7 percent from a year ago. Continue reading

cool meat prices
An open markets advocate told the National Farmers Union’s political action committee that Donald Trump should make it a goal to re-establish country-of-origin labeling (COOL) for beef and pork during the upcoming NAFTA negotiations. Continue reading

red meat consumption
Everett Griner talks about a new study on red meat consumption in today’s Agri View. Hear Everett’s report and learn more. →

strong pork beef exports
U.S. pork and beef exports wrapped up an excellent 2016 performance with very strong December results, according to statistics released by USDA and compiled by USMEF.

Pork export volume reached a record 2.31 million metric tons (mt) in 2016, up 8 percent year-over-year and 2 percent above the previous high in 2012. Export value increased 7 percent from a year ago to $5.94 billion. December pork exports totaled 222,635 mt, up 18 percent year-over-year, valued at $564.2 million, up 20 percent. Continue reading

No matter what kind of meat you like Bar-B-Q’d, this is the week for you. Gather your friends and hit the restaurants in your area. Cathy Isom tells you all about the week-long celebration devoted to a lot of Bar-B-Q. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. Hear Cathy’s report and learn more. →

pork exports
U.S. pork exports set a monthly volume record in November, helping overall U.S. red meat exports build momentum. Both beef and pork exports were 20 percent higher than last year in both volume and value. Statistics compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation show that November pork exports totaled 225,757 metric tons, up 24 percent year-over-year and breaking the previous record set in 2012. Export value was just shy of $587 million, 30% higher than a year ago and the highest level since May of 2014. Pork export volume was up 7 percent from January to November, compared to a year ago. U.S. pork production is reaching record levels but exports are still accounting for a larger share of the production. Continue reading

beefThe U.S. Cattlemen’s Association last week requested an update on the status of trade negotiations with China about the export of U.S. beef. Continue reading

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the appointment of 39 members to the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board.  All 39 appointees will serve 3-year terms.

Newly appointed members representing cattle producers are: Continue reading

The Office of the United States Trade Representative announced it will start the process of reinstating retaliatory tariffs on goods and products from the European Union due to the E.U.’s unfair treatment of U.S. beef. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Tracy Brunner applauds USTR Ambassador Michael Froman for standing up for the U.S. beef industry and taking action in defense of U.S. beef producers. Continue reading

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August was a strong month for U.S. red meat exports as beef export volume was the largest in nearly two years and both beef and pork exports posted the highest monthly values of 2016, according to statistics released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). Continue reading

market share
Retail beef prices are falling to the lowest level in over two years. Gary Crawford has the story.

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The Canada-based restaurant chain Earl’s has apologized to beef producers in the spat between the two over an announcement the chain would only serve 100 percent Certified Humane beef. Continue reading

First-half Pork, Beef Export Volumes Ahead of Last Year
U.S. red meat exports ended the first half of 2016 on a positive note as June export values for both pork and beef were the highest of the year. The U.S. Meat Export Federation says June also marked the second consecutive month of solid year-over-year volume growth. Continue reading

USDA Reaches Agreement to Reopen Beef Exports to Brazil

beef BrazilThe Department of Agriculture announced Monday the reopening of Brazil for U.S. beef exports. Continue reading

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