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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. →

National Pork Board
At year-end 2016, U.S. pork exports showed impressive progress following a challenging 2015. In 2016, 5.1 billion pounds of pork and pork variety meats valued at $5.94 billion dollars were exported, up 8 percent and 7 percent respectively from 2015, according to the USDA. Continue reading

Seneca Valley virus disease
The Seneca Valley virus disease is on a slow upswing in the United States, and a University of Missouri Extension veterinarian says pork producers need to be prepared if the disease strikes their operation. Continue reading

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

business rejection
Pork industry leaders from Canada say the rejection of the Trans-Pacific Partnership by the United States could create new export opportunities for Canada’s pork producers. Continue reading

Bacon shortage
A very high demand for bacon has driven pork belly supplies to record lows, prompting talk of a nationwide bacon shortage. However, the pork industry remains confident it can keep up with the increasing demand and avoid a serious shortage of the product. Continue reading

pork exports
The National Pork Producers Council committed to work with the Trump administration to preserve tariff-free market access for U.S. pork exports to Canada and Mexico. The administration is planning to pursue trade discussions with the two countries.

“As far a pork is concerned, the trade deals with Canada and Mexico have been tremendous for U.S. pork producers,” said NPPC President John Weber, a pork producer from Dysart, Iowa. Continue reading

national pork
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced the appointment of 163 producers and five importers to the 2017 National Pork Producers Delegate Body.  The appointees were selected from nominees submitted by state pork producer associations and importer groups and will serve a 1-year term.

The Delegate Body will be seated during the Feb. 27, 2017, to March 3, 2017, National Pork Industry Forum in Atlanta, Georgia.  Appointed members representing pork producers by state are: Continue reading

By Fred Gale, USDA Economic Research Service


production costsChina has become a leading importer of pork as its hog production costs have grown. China-U.S. comparisons show that hog producers in China face higher feed and labor costs than U.S. producers, while costs of feeder pigs fluctuate from year to year in both countries. Efficiency of feed use has improved marginally in China, but it remains below that of U.S. farms. Rapid wage growth is spurring China’s transition toward larger-scale farms, but labor productivity remains low in hog production. With rising production costs, constraints on land use, and stricter environmental regulations in China, the country is likely to remain a large importer of pork. Continue reading

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

The world’s largest pork producer, Smithfield Foods, said this week they’ve moved 87 percent of their pregnant sows out of gestation crates to group housing. 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

hog futures
A new report by Bloomberg says hog futures were the worst investment in commodities last quarter and the past year. That’s because there are too many pigs coming to market, forcing slaughterhouses to add weekend shifts in November and December. 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

Record Pork Production Lowers Hog Prices

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Hog futures hovered near three-month lows at times late this (last) week as higher U.S. pork supplies coincided with weaker overseas export demand. Continue reading

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