USMEF Hosts Pork Workshop in UAE

Lizzy Schultz

The U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) conducted a series of workshops on pork in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The workshops, designed to promote U.S. pork and encourage chefs to feature more pork dishes on the menus of their hotels and restaurants, were attended by hotel and restaurant industry professionals and food retailers in the region. Along with educational workshops, …

Ag Group, Audio, Export, Imports, International, Meat, Pork

USMEF Report Talks Philippines-EU Trade Agreement

Lizzy Schultz

The latest U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) Report discusses the recent announcement by Philippine officials that the country expresses interest in pursuing a free trade agreement (FTA) with the European Union (EU), with hopes to launch formal FTA negotiations early next year. In the report, Joel Haggard, USMEF senior vice president for the Asia Pacific region, explains how this agreement …

Ag Group, Audio, Beef, International, Meat, Pork, Trade, USMEF

New Online Quiz Tests Antibiotic Knowledge

Lizzy Schultz

As part of World Antibiotic Awareness Week, The Center for Accountability in Science has developed a new quiz to help educate consumers about antibiotic use in people and animals. The quiz was created following a survey by the World Health Organization (WHO); the results of the survey show that most individuals know very little about antibiotics and how they should …

Ag Group, Antibiotics, Biosecurity, Disease, International, Internet, Pharmaceutical

NFU Opposes Namibian Beef Imports

Lizzy Schultz

Roger Johnson, President of the National Farmers Union (NFU), has urged the Obama administration to oppose a proposed rule that would make Namibia eligible to export meat to the United States. The opposition is due to a recent outbreak of Foot-And-Mouth Disease (FMD) in the Southern African nation. “The fear over FMD is warranted,” said Johnson in comments submitted to …

Ag Group, Beef, Disease, Imports, International, NFU, Policy, usda

Pork Industry Expresses Support for TPP

Lizzy Schultz

National Pork Producers Council President-elect John Weber referred to the Trans-Pacific Partnership(TPP) as “the biggest commercial opportunity ever for U.S. pork producers,” during a press conference this week on the recently concluded free trade deal. “America’s pork producers strongly and unequivocally support the TPP, and we urge Congress to quickly pass it,” said Weber, a pork producer from Dysart, Iowa. …

Export, Imports, International, NCBA, NPPC, Policy, Pork, Trade

John Block Reports on TTIP

Lizzy Schultz

This week in Washington, John Block is reporting on the European Trade Agreement with the United States (TTIP) that is still in the process of negotiation. Should the agreement succeed in passing through both ends of the government, it will be considered an incredible win for agriculture. Recent changes in European legislation, however, are making the success of the agreement …

Ag Group, Audio, Export, GMO, International, Podcast, Policy, Trade

VT Chickens Help Hatch Evolutionary Discovery

Lizzy Schultz

The genetic lines of chickens raised at Virginia Tech University were a critical component in a remarkable research study which has proven that evolution happens 15 times faster than has been previously believed. The study was published recently in Biology Letters, a journal of Royal Society Publishing, and involved Virginia Tech researchers, as well as researchers from the University of …

Ag Group, Biotech, Chicken, Education, Genetics, International, Poultry, Research, University

What Trade Deal Means to New Zealand Dairy

Jamie Johansen

The Honorable Nathan Guy, Minister of Primary Industries for New Zealand, is basically the counterpart of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in this country and he was delighted to welcome the 2015 International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) Congress to “little old New Zealand.” “This is a significant event for New Zealand,” said Guy of the 33 countries represented at the …

Ag Group, Audio, Dairy, International, Trade

2016 Olympic Equestrian Venue May Not Be In Brazil

Lizzy Schultz

The 2016 Summer Olympic Games are coming to Rio De Janeiro, but the equestrian events of next year’s games might have to take place outside of Brazil, according to the Brazilian Equestrian Federation. Federation President Luiz Roberto Giugni issued the warning last Wednesday at a news conference in Sao Paulo, following delays by The Brazilian Agriculture Ministry in issuing the …

Equine, Events, FEI, International

Dairy Last Deal Made in TPP

Cindy Zimmerman

The last piece of the Trans Pacific Partnership puzzle to fall into place early Monday morning was dairy, with the holdout coming from demands for increased market access by Australia and New Zealand. “The extraordinary thing about dairy products…is that New Zealand has only two and a half percent of world dairy production and roughly one third of world trade,” …

Audio, Dairy, Government, International, Trade