Global Beef Supplies Tight, But Prices Taper

John Davis

Beef supplies remain tight, but prices have actually tapered a bit. Agribusiness financial company Rabobank has issued a new report on the global beef industry and says that that despite tight global cattle and beef supplies, prices tempered from their third quarter. Rabobank says that a big question heading into 2015 with such a finely balanced market is: if Australian …

Agribusiness, Beef, International

Papal Farm May Open to Public

Cindy Zimmerman

There are reports out this week that Pope Francis will be opening up the papal farm at Castel Gandolfo to the public for tours next year, although there is no official word from the Vatican on its website or on the Catholic News Service. The original story came from the Associated Press. It is true that the pope does have …

International, Livestock

Rabobank: Avian Flu Set to Shake Up Poultry in 2015

John Davis

A new report from Dutch bank Rabobank says avian flu and trade restrictions are set to have some major impacts on the poultry industry worldwide. This company news release says regions affected by avian flu outbreaks, such as Europe and Canada, will suffer from lost export markets, affecting local prices. But non-affected areas, such as the U.S. and Brazil could …

Agribusiness, International, Poultry

LEA to Host Livestock Exporting 4.0

Jamie Johansen

The Livestock Exporters Association (LEA) will hold the fourth annual Livestock Exporting 4.0 seminar on Monday, February 16, at the Ameristar Casino Resort Spa in St. Louis, Missouri, in conjunction with the United States Livestock Genetics Export (USLGE) annual meeting. This seminar is designed for experienced exporters, LEA members and industry affiliates interested in marketing livestock abroad. “The exporting business …

Ag Group, Export, International, Livestock

COOL Reform Calls for Congressional Action

John Davis

A group of food, ag and manufacturing representatives are calling on Congress to take action on the issue of the U.S. Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) law. The COOL Reform Coalition sent a letter to Congress, asking for immediate action to put together a contingency plan for the COOL law, which the group says, as it stands now, could cause …

Ag Group, Agribusiness, Government, International

NMPF Comments on Immigration Policy

Jamie Johansen

The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) just released a statement on the White House Executive Action on immigration policy. NMPF President and CEO, Jim Mulhern said: “The executive action announced by the White House this week will not solve the current or future needs of dairy farmers. We still need congressional action, in the form of comprehensive legislative reform of …

Ag Group, Government, International, National Milk

Protein Export Numbers

Jamie Johansen

Leann Saunders, Chairman U.S. Meat Export Federation, was on hand during National Association of Farm Broadcasting Trade Talk to update us all on current and future export numbers for beef, pork and lamb. “It has been a great year for exports when you look at statistics January through December. We’ve seen unprecedented growth, 5 billion in pork exports, 5 billion …

Ag Group, Audio, Beef, Export, International, Lamb, Meat, NAFB, Pork

Canadian Company Expands Cheesemaking in Wisconsin

John Davis

A Canada-based company will expand its cheesemaking operation in Wisconsin. This Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) news release says Agropur Inc. will invest more than $55 million in its Weyauwega, Wisconsin, facility to increase its Feta cheese production capacity, expected to be completed in 2016. “There is a lot of tradition, skill, and work ethic among our employees, and we …

Agribusiness, Cheese, Dairy, Dairy Business, Government, International

COOL Reform Coalition Asks Congress to Repeal Rule

John Davis

The Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) Reform Coalition is asking Congress to repeal the existing U.S. Mandatory COOL rule for muscle cuts of meat. In a letter sent by the group’s 109 stakeholders, the signers say they are gravely concerned about the negative impact the rule will have on the U.S. economy. On October 20, 2014, a World Trade Organization …

Ag Group, Agribusiness, Government, International, Trade

Dairy Group wants Japan’s Import System Replaced

John Davis

A group representing American dairy manufacturing and marketing industries and their suppliers says that Japan’s import system is a “potential Achilles heel” in trade negotiations. The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) sent a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack calling for the replacement of Japan’s current import administration program in the Trans-Pacific Partnership …

Ag Group, Dairy, Dairy Group, idfa, International, Trade