USMEF Weekly Audio Report

Jamie Johansen Leave a Comment

In U.S. Meat Export Federation’s (USMEF) weekly audio report we hear from Greg Hanes, USMEF assistant vice president of international marketing. He recently joined a group of U.S. producers in Japan and South Korea to promote Texas-style barbecue and the advantages of using U.S. beef – especially underutilized cuts – as part of the American dish. In the report Hanes …

Ag Group, Audio, Beef, Export, Food, International, USMEF

Alltech Recruiting Grads for Career Program

Kelly Marshall Leave a Comment

Alltech is recruiting recent graduates to apply for the fourth annual Alltech Corporate Career Development Program.  Graduates with a bachelor’s or master’s degree programs are invited to apply now through September 30.  The program begins in February of 2016. Exciting opportunities are available for 10 high-calibre university graduates hoping to work with experts in the fields of science, aquaculture, agriculture, …

Agribusiness, Alltech, Intern, International

Missouri Grower Promotes Grain-fed Beef Overseas

Jamie Johansen

Missouri Corn Merchandising Council board member Greg Schneider of Warrenton, Mo., recently joined a trade delegation to promote U.S. corn-fed beef in Japan and Korea. Encouraging consumption of grain-fed beef with meat distributors and retailers, Schneider joined farmers from four other states on the U.S. Meat Export Federation mission July 26-Aug. 1. “The global livestock industry is a major user …

Ag Group, Beef, Cattle, Export, International

Japanese Journalists Get Look at U.S. Beef Industry

Jamie Johansen

A team of Japanese technical journalists visited offices of the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF), the National Cattleman’s Beef Association (NCBA), research facilities at Colorado State University (CSU) and cattle-production operations in Colorado. Funding support for the team’s visit was provided by the Beef Checkoff Program and the USDA Market Access Program (MAP) and provided insight into the U.S. beef …

Ag Group, Beef, Beef Checkoff, International

Dairy Holds Up TPP Talks

Cindy Zimmerman

After a week of meetings on the Trans Pacific Partnership, trade ministers from a dozen nations left Hawaii last weekend with issues still unresolved but USTR Michael Froman says they remain optimistic. “We have made significant progress and will continue work on resolving a limited number of remaining issues,” said Froman, reading a joint statement from the ministers at the …

Audio, Dairy, Export, Government, International, Trade

Changes Coming to Dairy Import Licensing Program

John Davis

Changes are coming to the Dairy Tariff-Rate Import Quota Licensing Program. This news release from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) says the changes are effective Sept. 1, 2015. Import licensing is one of the tools USDA uses to administer the tariff-rate quota (TRQ) system for U.S. imports of dairy products. A final rule published in today’s Federal Register ( …

Agribusiness, Dairy, Export, International, usda

NFU: Respect Consumers Wishes, Label Meat with COOL

John Davis

A new study shows that American consumers prefer meat raised in the U.S., and the National Farmers Union says Congress should respect consumers’ rights to know and reject efforts to repeal Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL). “Opponents of COOL have argued that it has no impact on consumers’ purchasing decisions,” said Johnson. “This study clearly shows the opposite: that consumers use COOL …

Ag Group, Agribusiness, COOL, International, legislation

Alltech Buys Norwegian Companies

John Davis

Global animal health and nutrition leader Alltech has expanded its European operations. This company news release says Alltech bought Norwegian Produs AS and Produs Aqua AS, family-owned and operated agriculture and aqua industries businesses. Produs and Produs Aqua are Alltech’s ninth and tenth acquisitions respectively, a development that will mean continued innovative, customized and quality products, programs, services and on-farm …

Agribusiness, Alltech, International

International Group of Beef Producers Back TPP

John Davis

An international alliance of beef producers is pressing for substantial trade liberalization via the proposed Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement. The Five Nations Beef Alliance, which includes cattle producers from Australia, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand and the United States, is urging TPP negotiating teams to hold firm and deliver an agreement that will make it easier to do business, establish …

Ag Group, Agribusiness, Beef, Cattle, International, Trade

Cargill Exec Shows Way to More Food-Secure World

John Davis

There are four principles that will ensure all people have access to safe, affordable and nutritious food. That was the message from Cargill Executive Chairman Greg Page speaking before the Chicago Council on Global Affairs Global Food Security Symposium. His “ought to’s” include: – Appreciating the importance of price – Honoring the principle of comparative advantage – Embracing the power …

Agribusiness, Food, International