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 …

Ag Group, Export, Livestock, Meat, Pork, Pork Checkoff

U.S. Red Meat Exports Maintain Strong Pace in January

Jamie Johansen

According to statistics released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF), January exports of U.S. beef and pork were up significantly year-over-year, maintaining the solid momentum established in the fourth quarter of 2016. Beef exports totaled 96,488 metric tons, up 17 percent from a year ago, valued at $515.5 million – up 18 percent and the …

Ag Group, Beef, Cattle, Meat, Pork, Swine, USMEF

Costco Expansion Builds Momentum for U.S. Beef in Korea

Jamie Johansen

U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) reports that U.S. beef has built momentum in South Korea, and received a further boost since Costco recently began converting its imported chilled beef selection from Australian beef to 100% U.S. product. The move follows a multi-year effort by the USMEF to persuade store managers that sales of U.S. beef would match or exceed Australian …

Ag Group, Beef, Export, Food, Meat, USMEF

Another Record Setting Year for #IPPE17

Jamie Johansen

A record setting 31,649 poultry, meat and feed industry leaders from all over the world attended this year’s International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE). The U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, American Feed Industry Association and North American Meat Institute sponsored event also brought in 1,273 exhibitors showcasing products in 533,000 square feet of exhibit space. “We are very excited about …

Ag Group, Feed, IPE, IPPE, Meat, Meat Science, Novus International, Poultry

Beef, Pork Urge Trump To Start Trade Talks With Japan

Jamie Johansen

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) urged President Trump to begin negotiations on a free trade agreement with Japan sending a joint letter asking “to initiate free trade agreement negotiations with nations in the Asia-Pacific region beginning with Japan…As you continue to lead America forward, we want to be a resource for your …

Ag Group, Beef, Meat, NCBA, NPPC, Pork, Trade

USMEF Sees Growth to Mexico, C.A. & Dominican Republic

Jamie Johansen

Dr. Oscar Ferrara, joined the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) earlier this month as the organization’s new regional director for Mexico, Central America and the Dominican Republic and sees strong potential for further export growth to those areas. Capitalizing on duty-free access achieved through NAFTA and the lower duties negotiated in the U.S.-Central America-Dominican Republic Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR), U.S. …

Ag Group, Export, Meat, USMEF

Off to IPPE Thanks to Novus Inc.

Jamie Johansen

This week is going to be a busy one for the ZimmComm Team. Chuck is off to Atlanta for the 2017 International Production & Processing Expo sponsored by Novus International again this year. The Expo features more than 1,200 exhibitors and 30,000 visitors from Jan. 31- Feb. 2, 2017. Hailed as the largest annual trade show for the poultry, meat …

Agribusiness, Events, IPPE, Meat, Meat Science, Novus International, Poultry

The Story of Pretelt Gourmet Meats

Jamie Johansen

Last week while attending the U.S. Soybean Export Federation’s Aquaculture Educational Opportunity in Panama City, Panama we took a quick detour from fish and visited a local steakhouse for dinner. As you walked into Pretelt Gourmet Meats you might have guessed you were stepping into a wild west saloon or an old school butcher shop. If the decor didn’t get …

Animal AgCast, Audio, Beef, Food, Hereford, Meat, USMEF, USSEC

NPPC Says Pork Exports to Canada, Mexico Critical

Jamie Johansen

After yesterday’s announcement from the Trump administration concerning trade, the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) has stated today that they will work to preserve tariff-free market access for U.S. pork exports to Canada and Mexico. “As far a pork is concerned, the trade deals with Canada and Mexico have been tremendous for U.S. pork producers,” said NPPC President John Weber. …

Ag Group, Export, Government, International, Meat, NPPC, Pork, Trade

Livestock Groups Concerned With Trump’s Trade Action

Jamie Johansen

Animal ag groups jumped to respond to President Trump’s announcement that he is withdrawing the U.S. from the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal and may seek to take action on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Tracy Brunner, President of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), said “We’re especially concerned that the Administration is taking these actions without …

Ag Group, Beef, Cattle, Dairy, Livestock, Markets, Meat, National Milk, NCBA, Trade, USDEC, USMEF