Nebraska Makes Beef Agreement With Israel

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced that a new agreement has been made with Israel to lift the ban on U.S. beef imports for the first time since 2003. The Middle Eastern country will receive beef shipments from Nebraska’s WR Reserve plant in Hastings. “Nebraska beef producers are the best in the world. This historic agreement with Israel …

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Members Recognized at ASI Convention

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The efforts of three individuals were recognized last week during the American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) annual convention. Two longtime sheep producers and a relative newcomer to the industry walked away with an engraved plaque presented by ASI President Burton Pfliger, as well as recognition for their outstanding contributions to the industry. Cindy Siddoway, who was elected as the first …

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ASI Convention Spotlights Industry Challenges

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The discussion during last month’s 2016 American Sheep Industry Association Convention spotlighted several major issues brought forward by the large attendance of sheep producers from across the country. “The focus of our meeting this year was current events and current issues,” said ASI President Burton Pfliger. “Agriculture and the sheep industry in particular are facing the new veterinary feed directive, …

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NCBA and PLC Internships Available

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The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and the Public Lands Council’s (PLC) government affairs office in Washington, D.C., are accepting applications for two summer 2016 internships. Both the public policy internship and summer law clerk positions are wonderful opportunities for students with an interest in the beef industry and public policy. The NCBA and PLC work closely on many policy …

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Pork Industry Forum Headed to Indianapolis

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Delegates from across the United States will gather for the National Pork Industry Forum on March 3-5 in Indianapolis. Each year the Pork Act Delegates confer to vote on resolutions and advisements and provide direction on some of the issues facing pork producers and the industry. Fifteen producers who serve as members of the National Pork Board and Pork Checkoff …

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DC Policy Update From #BeefMeet

Lizzy Schultz

Colin Woodall, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Senior Vice President for Governmental Affairs, was on hand during the 2016 Cattle Industry Convention to discuss several pieces of legislation related to policy and trade that the association will focus on in 2016. A major policy issue of importance to NCBA is the conflict that has formed related to USDA’s interest …

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Global Beef Report from Rabobank

Lizzy Schultz

According to a new report from the Rabobank Food & Agribusiness Research and Advisory group, U.S. beef producers are seeing the nature of beef trade evolving as other countries have begun to produce beef under favorable export agreements. The new trade dynamics have resulted in the gaining value of the U.S. dollar, and domestic markets are making demands producers haven’t …

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Industry Supports New Butter Grading Standards

Lizzy Schultz

New grading standards at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) have ended a rule requiring butter sellers to provide a USDA Grading certificate unless requested to do so by a buyer. The change comes following efforts from a task force created in 2015 by the American Butter Institute (ABI), working in close partnership with CME while redrafting the rules and gaining …

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NCBA Urges House to Support Disapproval of WOTUS

Jamie Johansen

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and Public Lands Council, along with 42 state affiliate organizations, have sent a letter to the House of Representatives urging support of Senate Joint Resolution 22, disapproval of the EPA and Army Corps’ “waters of the United States” rule. NCBA President Philip Ellis, said withdrawal or defunding of WOTUS remains a top priority for cattlemen. …

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All US Beef Approved for Export to Colombia

Lizzy Schultz

This week’s audio report from the US Meat Export Federation (USMEF) discusses an important policy change occurring in the South American country of Colombia, and what this change means for US beef producers. Following Colombia’s recent decision to remove restrictions related to Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) on certain bone-in cuts of beef, the U.S beef industry has officially gained full …

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