Animal Proteins – Focus for Branstad as China Ambassador

Jamie Johansen

The longest serving governor in the country will be drawing on his agricultural trade experience and 30 year friendship with Chinese President Xi Jinping to serve as U.S. Ambassador to China. During his confirmation hearing Tuesday before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad was asked by Sen. Christopher Coons (D-DE) what he will do to get more …

Ag Group, Beef, Chicken, Export, Government, Livestock, Pork, Trade

NCBA, PLC Accepting Fall Law Clerk Applications

Jamie Johansen

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and the Public Lands Council’s (PLC) government affairs office in Washington, D.C., has extended the law clerk application deadline for the 2017 fall semester. The new deadline to submit an application for the position is June 1, 2017. The fall law clerk will provide support to both NCBA and PLC staff on matters ranging …

Ag Group, Beef, NCBA, Public Lands Council

FARM Program Releases Stockmanship Training Video

Lizzy Schultz

The National Dairy FARM Program announced the release of a stockmanship training video through its partnership with the National Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program. The 27-minute video, directed by Dr. Robert Hagevoort of New Mexico State and the U.S. Dairy Education & Training Consortium, is available on the FARM Program website and YouTube page in both English and Spanish. Topics …

Ag Group, Animal Welfare, Beef, BQA, Dairy

EPA Admin Visits Missouri to Talk WOTUS & Energy

Jamie Johansen

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt visited rural Missourians, April 20, 2017, at the Thomas Hill Energy Center in Clifton Hill, Mo. The Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives hosted the event, which also featured U.S. Senator Roy Blunt and all major agricultural organizations. “It is fitting that the farm and ranch families we represent stand alongside the rural electric …

Ag Group, Beef, Cattle, energy, EPA, Government, Water

Beef Fuels Team Beef in Boston

Jamie Johansen

Thanks to the national beef checkoff, beef was front and center during the 121st Boston Marathon on April 17. Thirty-one members of Team Beef ran on Marathon Monday to celebrate Patriots’ Day with more than 30,000 other runners from nearly 100 countries. The checkoff also participated in the John Hancock Sports and Fitness Expo leading up to the race. That …

Ag Group, Beef, Beef Checkoff, Nutrition

CattleFax Hosting Webinar On Beef Industry Outlook

Lizzy Schultz

An upcoming CattleFax Trends+ Cow-Calf Webinar will address whether or not the lows have been established for the cattle industry, as well as provide an outlook for the cow-calf and entire beef industry for 2017. The free webinar will be held May 24, 2017, at 5:30 p.m. MT. Participation in the webinar, and access to program details, producers and industry …

Beef, Cattle, economics, Finance

U.S. Beef Gains Expanded Access to Thailand

Lizzy Schultz

In this week’s audio report from the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF), Joel Haggard, USMEF senior vice president for the Asia Pacific, explains how U.S. beef has gained expanded access to Thailand following a lift of BSE-related import restrictions. In the report, Haggard says that boneless and bone-in beef cuts from cattle of all ages are eligible for export to …

Audio, Beef, Export, Export, Trade, USMEF

Strong Pace Continued for U.S. Meat Exports

Lizzy Schultz

Statistics released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) show February results for U.S. pork and beef exports well above levels from this time last year, with pork exports posting the strongest February volume on record. Pork exports were up 15 percent year-over-year, with value up 17 percent. February exports accounted for 27.6 percent of total …

Ag Group, Beef, Export, Export, Meat, Pork, Trade, USMEF

Roberts Urges Trump to Prioritize U.S. Beef Access to China

Jamie Johansen

U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, joined a bipartisan group of 39 Senators led by Senator Steve Daines, R-Mont., in sending a letter urging President Trump to raise the critical issue of U.S. beef access to Chinese markets when he meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping on today. China has recently …

Ag Group, Beef, Export

Beef Prices Near Sustainable Levels

Lizzy Schultz

Cattle and beef prices have recovered coming into spring, with beef and competing protein prices underlie it all. The Choice boxed-beef price recovered nearly 20% from its January low by the end of March, to the neighborhood of $2.20 per pound. Paul Dykstra, beef cattle specialist for the Certified Angus Beef ® (CAB®) brand, says history suggests a little more …

Angus, Beef, Markets, Price