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

A Livestock Market Outlook from #AFBF17

Jamie Johansen

Dr. Karl Skold, head of agricultural economics at JBS, talked about the ample supplies of meat we will see in 2017 during a workshop at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 2017 Annual Convention & IDEAg Trade Show. Skold said a historically unusual situation of expanding herds, growing supply and significant demand is driving an overall positive outlook for producers of …

AFBF, Ag Group, Audio, Farm Bureau, Markets, Meat

2017 Pork 101 Dates Set

Jamie Johansen

The American Meat Science Association’s (AMSA) 2017 PORK 101 courses will be held May 23-25 at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas and October 23-25 at Iowa State University, in Ames, Iowa. PORK 101 is hosted by AMSA in cooperation with the National Pork Board and is sponsored by Merck Animal Health. Attendees will experience anything from live animal …

Ag Group, AMSA, Meat, Meat Science, Pork, Pork Checkoff

Beef Maintains Favorable Tenderness Ratings

Jamie Johansen

The beef checkoff-funded 2015/2016 National Beef Tenderness Survey was conducted at Texas A&M University, which has surveyed beef tenderness regularly since 1990. “Despite some challenges over the past ten years, including drought, fluctuating supply and rising input costs, the tenderness of the beef being produced in the United States has remained steady, and often improved,” according to Jeffrey Savell, Ph.D., …

Ag Group, Beef, Beef Board, Beef Checkoff, Meat, Meat Science, Nutrition

Register for 70th Reciprocal Meat Conference

Jamie Johansen

The American Meat Science Association (AMSA) 70th Reciprocal Meat Conference (RMC) will be held June 18-21, 2017 at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. RMC serves as the annual meeting for AMSA and is being hosted by Texas A&M University. AMSA, the foremost association of meat science professionals, produces this conference. RMC features an interactive program tailored to bring …

Ag Group, AMSA, Meat, Meat Science

Increased Beef Production = Lower Prices at Meat Case

Jamie Johansen

As consumers shop at the meat case this holiday season and into the new year, they’ll see lower retail prices on beef, including popular holiday cuts like the tenderloin and rib roast. November 2016 was the largest beef production month since 2010, prompting the U.S. Department of Agriculture to raise its beef production forecast for 2016 in its World Agricultural …

Ag Group, Beef, Beef Checkoff, Food, Meat