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

USMEF Export Results: Red Meat Remains Strong

Lizzy Schultz

According to statistics released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF), U.S. pork and beef exports continued to build momentum in October with increases in the double digits for both products. October pork exports totaled 201,936 metric tons (mt), up 14 percent year-over-year, accounting for 25.5 percent of total pork production …

Ag Group, Beef, Export, Export, Meat, Pork, USMEF

USMEF Reports on New Philippine Regulatory Challenges

Lizzy Schultz

On this week’s audio report from the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF), USMEF senior vice president Joel Haggard discusses new challenges facing Philippine meat importers following a new decree issued by the Philippine Department of Agriculture. The decree aims to prevent smuggling of imported agricultural products and evasion of import tariffs in the Philippines, a country that consistently ranks as …

Ag Group, Export, Export, Meat, Trade, USMEF

Proposed Fact Panel Revisions for Meat & Poultry

Jamie Johansen

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has proposed updated nutritional information for meat and poultry products. FSIS is proposing to amend the nutrition labeling regulations for meat and poultry products to parallel the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) final nutrition regulations, which were published on May 27, 2016. The proposed rule will improve …

Ag Group, Food, Meat, Nutrition, Poultry, usda

Red Meat Exports See Strong Third Quarter

Lizzy Schultz

September was another solid month for U.S. red meat exports, with pork, beef and lamb totals well above year-ago levels, According to statistics released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF), September was a solid month for red meat exports, including pork, beef, and lamb. The report showed that September beef export volume was down slightly …

Ag Group, Beef, Export, Export, Meat, Pork, USMEF

American Lamb Elects New Board

Jamie Johansen

Agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the reappointment of four board members to serve on the 2017 American Lamb Board. Each appointee will serve a second three-year term. James “Jim” Percival of Xenia, Ohio and Diane Josephy Peavey of Hailey, Idaho will be representing producers. Dale Thorne of Hanover, Michigan will be representing feeders and Greg Ahart of Sacramento, California …

Ag Group, American Lamb Board, Lamb, Meat, Sheep