Rising Pork Consumption in Mexico Boosts U.S. Exports

Jamie Johansen

October meat export results, which were just released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF), showed another outstanding month for U.S. pork exports to Mexico. In fact, pork export value to Mexico – $1.3 billion – has already broken the full-year record set last year ($1.22 million), and export volume to Mexico is on pace to …

Ag Group, Audio, Export, Meat

Meat Me in @lanta Activities

Jamie Johansen

The International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) is planning a variety of Meat Me in @LANTA activities for IPPE attendees. IPPE will be held at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Ga., from Jan. 27 – 29, 2015. During the entire week of IPPE, the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau has worked with area Atlanta restaurants to provide the …

Ag Group, IPPE, Meat, Poultry

Farmland to be Shown at 2015 IPPE

John Davis

The documentary Farmland will have some free showings at the upcoming 2015 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) in Atlanta, Georgia. This influential documentary will be shown from 9 – 10 a.m. and from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, in the C-102 Auditorium of the Georgia World Congress Center and again from 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. …

Ag Group, Feed, IPPE, Meat, Poultry

Coalition Urges Congress to Reject COOL Changes

Cindy Zimmerman

A coalition of 207 farm, faith, environmental, labor, rural and consumer organizations delivered a message this week to the Senate urging lawmakers to “reject any effort to repeal, rescind or weaken country of origin labeling (COOL) in any federal spending legislation.” “Congress needs to stay the course on COOL and leave it alone, especially now that the Obama administration has …

Beef, COOL, Livestock, Meat, NFU, Pork

National Bison Association's Bison Central

Jamie Johansen

Bison breeders Peter Kohl, from Missouri and Dick Gehring, from Kansas represented the National Bison Association at the National Association of Farm Broadcasting’s Trade Talk recently in Kansas City, MO. I spoke with them about their operations and about the growing demand for their product. Many have reservations when it comes to eating bison because they are simply not familiar …

Ag Group, Audio, Bison, Meat, NAFB

IPPE Offers Free Educational Programs

Jamie Johansen

The International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) is offering a variety of free education programs to attendees. The programs will be held in the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Ga., from Jan. 27 – 29, 2015. These programs will cover a wide array of education sessions on pressing meat and poultry issues, including food safety, worker safety, dietary guidelines, …

Ag Group, IPE, IPPE, Meat, Poultry

2015 IPPE to be Biggest

John Davis

This year’s version of a major conference for the feed, meat and poultry industries will be the largest ever. Officials with the International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) say the Jan. 27-29, 2015 meeting will take up more than 486,000 net square feet of exhibit space with more than 1,200 exhibitors at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia. …

Ag Group, IPPE, Meat, Poultry

Intercollegiate Meat Judging Winners

Jamie Johansen

The American Meat Science Association (AMSA) announced winners of the International Intercollegiate Meat Judging Contest, held November 16, 2014, at Tyson Foods, Inc. in Dakota City, NE. In total, 108 contestants representing 16 teams participated in the contest. Top Individuals, Senior Division: 1. Emery Kunze, Texas A&M University 2. Jessie Heidlage, Oklahoma State University 3. Audrey Zoeller, Oklahoma State University …

Ag Group, award, Education, Meat

Celebrating Exciting Times in American Sheep

Jamie Johansen

The 2014 Trade Talk brought me to the American Sheep Industry Association booth during last week’s National Association of Farm Broadcasting’s annual meeting. Executive director for American Sheep, Peter Orwick, recapped the wool and lamb markets and shared some exciting news about the organization. “Very strong prices in 2014. Feeder lambs selling over $2 a pound. The attitude among the …

Ag Group, Audio, Lamb, Livestock, Meat, NAFB, Sheep, Wool

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