U.S. Beef Supply Improving, Opportunities Remain

Jamie Johansen

Data from the 2016 National Beef Quality Audit suggests the beef industry continues to improve the quality of its products, but there is still room for improvement. The research, funded by the Beef Checkoff Program, has been conducted every five years for the past quarter century and provides a set of guideposts and measurements for cattle producers and others to …

Mark Your Calendars: It’s Bison Hump Day!

lizzy schultz

Increased demand for sustainable meat has the bison industry poised to grow significantly this year, and the industry recently announced the “Bison One Million” campaign, which sets sights on helping the North American bison population grow to one million strong this year. North America’s bison population, once on the verge of extinction in the 1880’s with less than 700 bison, …

Prices for a July 4th Cookout Down Slightly

jamie johansen

The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) says we can cookout for a little less this year. Favorite foods for a Fourth of July meal will run about $6 per person according to an informal survey conducted by AFBF. The average cost of a summer cookout for 10 people is $55.70, or $5.57 per person. One reason for this is competition …

Feeding the World with Grasshopper Protein

lizzy schultz

When Dror Tamir founded Hargol Food Tech, he named it after the Hebrew word for grasshopper, and that isn’t a coincidence. The company, which develops solutions to combat global malnutrition and food insecurity, is pioneering the production and processing of grasshopper-based protein sources. Tamir sat down with our Jamie Johansen during ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference to discuss his unique …

First Shipments of U.S. Beef to Brazil Have Arrived

Jamie Johansen

The first shipment of fresh U.S. beef has arrived in Brazil following a 13-year hiatus, announces Secretary Sonny Perdue. The USDA says the entrance of American beef into the Brazilian market will bring promising long-term economic opportunity for U.S. beef producers. “With Brazil’s large market reopened to the United States, U.S. beef exports are poised for new growth. I look …

Strong Pace Continued for U.S. Meat Exports

Lizzy Schultz

Statistics released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) show February results for U.S. pork and beef exports well above levels from this time last year, with pork exports posting the strongest February volume on record. Pork exports were up 15 percent year-over-year, with value up 17 percent. February exports accounted for 27.6 percent of total …

USDA Provides Further Food Safety Info to Consumers

Jamie Johansen

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced that it is increasing the delivery of safe food handling and preparation information by expanding the hours of its Meat and Poultry Hotline and Ask Karen chat services. FSIS’ Meat and Poultry Hotline has been educating consumers since 1985. The toll-free telephone service assists in the prevention of foodborne illnesses by …

Animal Ag at Alltech’s #ONE17

Jamie Johansen

ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference (ONE17), held May 21–24 in Lexington, Kentucky, will inspire, motivate producers and prepare them for the future. The three-day conference will bring together industry experts from across the globe to share insights and solutions to today’s most pressing issues within agriculture. To provide an opportunity for every corner of production agriculture to engage in disruption, …

No Tainted Brazilian Meat Entered U.S., Yet Still Re-Inspecting

Jamie Johansen

The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced that while none of the slaughter or processing facilities implicated in the Brazilian scandal have shipped meat products to the U.S., they are still taking extra steps to keep food supply safe. FSIS immediately instituted additional pathogen testing of all shipments of raw beef and ready-to-eat products from Brazil upon hearing …

Pork Checkoff Tours the No. 1 Customer for U.S. Pork Exports

Jamie Johansen

Members of the National Pork Board spent March 13-18 in Mexico City building trade relations. The delegation invested its time immersing itself in Mexico, which is one of America’s most important export markets. During the visit, the group emphasized the safety and reliability of the U.S. pork supply. “Our visit to Mexico was eye opening. As board members, we were …