2016 U.S. Pork Exports Show Impressive Progress

Lizzy Schultz

U.S. pork exports have shown impressive progress at year-end 2016 following a challenging 2015. 5.1 billion pounds of pork and pork variety meats valued at $5.94 billion dollars were exported in 2016, up 8 percent and 7 percent respectively from 2015, according to the USDA. “We saw a strong 2016 for U.S. pork exports, but we still face challenges with …

Ag Group, Export, Export, Pork, Pork Checkoff

Dairy Groups Unhappy with Canadian Milk Pricing Policy

Jamie Johansen

National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC), the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) and the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) urged President Trump to discuss Canada’s protectionist milk pricing policy during yesterday’s meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The groups are calling it “one of the most sensitive and urgent topics complicating the …

Ag Group, Dairy, Export, Government, idfa, National Milk, Policy

USMEF Sees Growth to Mexico, C.A. & Dominican Republic

Jamie Johansen

Dr. Oscar Ferrara, joined the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) earlier this month as the organization’s new regional director for Mexico, Central America and the Dominican Republic and sees strong potential for further export growth to those areas. Capitalizing on duty-free access achieved through NAFTA and the lower duties negotiated in the U.S.-Central America-Dominican Republic Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR), U.S. …

Ag Group, Export, Meat, USMEF

Tom Vilsack to Take Helm of USDEC

Lizzy Schultz

The U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) has announced that former U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will serve as the organizations new president and CEO starting Feb. 1, 2017. “Growing the global market for U.S. dairy products is essential to the future of the dairy industry and America’s dairy farmers. I’ve spent my career in public service as a …

Ag Group, Company Announcement, Dairy, Export, Export, USDEC

USMEF Reports on Beef Exports to Brazil

Lizzy Schultz

On this week’s audio report from the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF), technical services manager Cheyenne McEndaffer discusses the recent agreement that will resume trade for fresh and frozen beef cuts to Brazil for the first time in 13 years. U.S. beef had not been accepted by Brazil since the December 2003 BSE case, and Brazil’s beef exports to the …

Ag Group, Beef, Export, Export, Trade, USMEF

Strengthening Demand for U.S. Pork in Mexico

Lizzy Schultz

On this week’s audio report from the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF), Gerardo Rodriguez, USMEF marketing director for Mexico, Central America and the Dominican Republic explains how successful buyer education programs focused on new product development have helped increase exports of U.S. pork and pork variety meat to Mexico. This is especially beneficial to the U.S. pork industry at a …

Ag Group, Audio, Export, Export, Pork, USMEF

USMEF Export Results: Red Meat Remains Strong

Lizzy Schultz

According to statistics released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF), U.S. pork and beef exports continued to build momentum in October with increases in the double digits for both products. October pork exports totaled 201,936 metric tons (mt), up 14 percent year-over-year, accounting for 25.5 percent of total pork production …

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

USMEF Reports on New Philippine Regulatory Challenges

Lizzy Schultz

On this week’s audio report from the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF), USMEF senior vice president Joel Haggard discusses new challenges facing Philippine meat importers following a new decree issued by the Philippine Department of Agriculture. The decree aims to prevent smuggling of imported agricultural products and evasion of import tariffs in the Philippines, a country that consistently ranks as …

Ag Group, Export, Export, Meat, Trade, USMEF

Costa Rica Removes Barriers for U.S. Beef & Pork

Lizzy Schultz

This week’s audio report from the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) discusses the challenges that have made it difficult to ship chilled beef and pork to Costa Rica, a market of strong interest for U.S. meat exporters. In the report, USMEF Technical Services Manager Cheyenne McEndaffer explains the unusual technical requirement behind the difficulty: the product had to arrive in …

Ag Group, Audio, Beef, Export, Export, Pork, USMEF

November Dairy Market Report

Jamie Johansen

Checkout the November issue of the National Milk Producers Federation and Dairy Management Inc.’s Dairy Market Report. Four straight months of rising milk prices and three straight months of falling feed costs have brought some financial relief to U.S. dairy producers from the tough conditions of early last summer. The average all-milk price moved from $14.50 per hundredweight last May …

Ag Group, Dairy, Dairy Management Inc., Export, Milk, National Milk