CHB Volume Surpasses 50 million lb. Sold

Jamie Johansen

Certified Hereford Beef (CHB) LLC experienced a record year of growth during fiscal year 2014 with 50.2 million lb. of product sold— a 2% increase compared to the previous year’s total. Since 2008, CHB LLC has increased beef sales by 43%. “Once thought of as a start-up branded beef program, the 19-year-old CHB® brand has weathered many storms including the …

Agribusiness, Beef, Breeds, Food, Hereford, Meat

Rapid Intensification of Brazilian Beef Production to Continue

Jamie Johansen

In response to rising global beef demand, Brazil is set to step up the rapid intensification of its beef production sector over the next ten years, enabling the industry to expand into higher-value export markets. According to its latest report “Beefing up in Brazil: Feedlots to Drive Industry Growth,” the Rabobank Food & Agribusiness Research (FAR) and Advisory group expects …

Agribusiness, Beef, Food, International, Markets, Meat

RaboBank Global Pork Industry Report

Jamie Johansen

Rabobank has published a new report on the global pork industry, saying that heated international markets are slowly cooling down. In the report, the bank’s Food & Agribusiness Research team says that, although the peak of the 2014 porcine epidemic diarrhoea virus (PEDv) outbreak is past, the global pork industry faces another challenge from the Russian import ban affecting EU, …

Agribusiness, Animal Health, economics, Export, Food, Pork, Swine

45 Cattlemens’ Associations Tell USDA: Don’t Hijack Checkoff

Jamie Johansen

Fourt-five state cattlemens’ associations representing more than 170,000 cattle breeders, producers and feeders sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Vilsack, urging him not to issue an Order for a supplemental beef checkoff under the 1996 General Commodity Promotion, Research and Information Act. Bob McCan, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association president and Victoria, Texas, cattleman says the strong turnout of signatories to …

Ag Group, Beef, Beef Checkoff, Food, Policy, usda

American Royal Grapes & Steaks Results Announced

Jamie Johansen

Excellent food and wine was celebrated when the American Royal Association announced the winners of the 2014 Grapes & Steaks Competition October 8th in the Wagstaff Theater located in the American Royal Complex. Last year’s competition was featured in the Wall Street Journal. Grapes and Steaks is the culmination and celebration of two separate competitions to name some of the …

Ag Group, Beef, Food, Meat

Farm Bureau Survey Says Higher Retail Prices

Jamie Johansen

Shoppers are paying slightly more for food at the grocery store compared to the first half of 2014. Higher retail prices for beef and pork products such as ground chuck and bacon, among other foods, resulted in a slight increase in the American Farm Bureau Federation’s latest Semi-Annual Marketbasket Survey. The informal survey shows the total cost of 16 food …

AFBF, Ag Group, Food

Cheese, Cheese & More Cheese

Jamie Johansen

A gourmet breakfast was prepared for us during the media talk event at the 2014 World Dairy Expo by the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board’s executive chef, John Esser. The meal was of course full Wisconsin cheeses. Chef Esser also prepared an omelet full of morel and leek jack cheese and a pancake packed with foenegreek gouda cheese and bacon. Another …

Ag Group, Audio, Cheese, Dairy, Food, Milk, World Dairy Expo

How to Understand Tomorrow's Consumer

Jamie Johansen

The most important element in the chain of the beef industry is obviously the consumers. That is why it is imperative that we understand them. Sounds simple, right? Not always, because we have such a diverse array of consumers. The American Hereford Association brought in two experts to talk to producers about six thought starters to help us all understand …

Ag Group, Audio, Beef, Beef Checkoff, Food, food safety, Hereford, Marketing, NCBA

Tailgating Brazilian Style

Jamie Johansen

Hereford breeders from across the country made their way to Springfield, MO to attend the American Hereford Association’s (AHA) Hereford Genetic Summit held on the campus of Missouri State University. After a welcome from AHA leadership and a quick glimpse of how we can navigate our future from Kevin Ochsner, a Hereford Tailgate Party gave us all a taste of …

Ag Group, Beef, Cattle, Food, Hereford