Animal Proteins – Focus for Branstad as China Ambassador

Jamie Johansen

The longest serving governor in the country will be drawing on his agricultural trade experience and 30 year friendship with Chinese President Xi Jinping to serve as U.S. Ambassador to China. During his confirmation hearing Tuesday before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad was asked by Sen. Christopher Coons (D-DE) what he will do to get more …

Ag Group, Beef, Chicken, Export, Government, Livestock, Pork, Trade

Pork’s 6 Year Growth Is the Fastest in Foodservice

Jamie Johansen

The National Pork Board has released a report on the fastest-growing protein…pork. According to Technomic, Inc.’s 2017 Volumetric Assessment of Pork in Foodservice, over the past six years, pork use has grown on a pound basis by more than double chicken, which is the next fastest growing protein. Pork use increased by 1.145 billion pounds, while chicken use grew by …

Ag Group, Food, Pork, Pork Checkoff, Swine

NAHMS Survey to Measure Antibiotic Use, Stewardship

Lizzy Schultz

USDA’s National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS) will begin asking pig farmers who have at least 1,000 pigs and farm in any of the top 13 pork-producing states about their on-farm antimicrobial use and their related stewardship practices this spring. Those states include Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and South Dakota. The …

Ag Group, Pork, Pork Checkoff, Research, Survey

Strong Pace Continued for U.S. Meat Exports

Lizzy Schultz

Statistics released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) show February results for U.S. pork and beef exports well above levels from this time last year, with pork exports posting the strongest February volume on record. Pork exports were up 15 percent year-over-year, with value up 17 percent. February exports accounted for 27.6 percent of total …

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

USDA’s Quarterly Hogs & Pigs Report

Jamie Johansen

The Pork Checkoff announced the USDA’s Quarterly Hogs and Pigs Report. The call featured three distinguished agricultural economists and their reactions to the report. A general theme of hog number growth sat centerstage. The panelists included: – Len Steiner, President, Steiner Consulting Group, Merrimack, NH – Daniel Bluntzer, Partner, New Frontier Capital Markets LLC, Corpus Christi, TX – Kevin Bost, …

Ag Group, Audio, Markets, Pork, Pork Checkoff, usda

Animal Ag at Alltech’s #ONE17

Jamie Johansen

ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference (ONE17), held May 21–24 in Lexington, Kentucky, will inspire, motivate producers and prepare them for the future. The three-day conference will bring together industry experts from across the globe to share insights and solutions to today’s most pressing issues within agriculture. To provide an opportunity for every corner of production agriculture to engage in disruption, …

Agribusiness, Alltech, Beef, Cattle, Chicken, Dairy, Meat, Nutrition, Pork, Poultry, Swine, Technology, Turkey

Animal Ag Calls for Withdrawal of GIPSA

Jamie Johansen

Animal agriculture organizations united last week when they called on USDA to withdraw the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Act (GIPSA) interim final and proposed rules, labeled with the misleading title, Farmer Fair Practices Rules. Craig Uden, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) president, said the rules stand to threaten market incentives, the quality of American beef the industry is known …

Ag Group, Beef, Livestock, NCBA, NPPC, Pork, Poultry, Turkey

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

NPPC Farm Bill Priorities

Jamie Johansen

The U.S. pork industry’s top priority for the next Farm Bill aligns with testimony from other animal ag groups – establishing a Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD) vaccine bank. The National Pork Producers Council’s (NPPC) Vice President David Herring, a pork producer from Newtown Grove, N.C. also testified before the House Agriculture subcommittee this week. “If this country ever had an FMD …

Ag Group, Animal Health, Disease, farm bill, NPPC, Policy, Pork

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