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

‘State of the African Farmer’ Report Tells Complete Story

John Davis

A group whose mission is to end hunger and poverty while caring for the Earth wants people to get the complete story about African farmers. Heifer International issued its State of the African Farmer report to add to the debate on agriculture and food security in Africa. Elizabeth Bintliff, vice president of Heifer’s Africa Program, is an African born in …


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

Five Nations Beef Alliance Statement on TPP

Jamie Johansen

The Five Nations Beef Alliance* concluded a successful meeting and tour in south Texas last week, capped by the unanimous endorsement of a public statement calling for all Trans-Pacific Partnership nations to support ‘gold standard outcomes’ for beef that do not sacrifice important reforms for political expediency. The annual meeting, hosted by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, unites beef industry …

Ag Group, Beef, Export, Government, International, NCBA