USTR Action on EU’s Unfair Trade Against U.S. Beef Industry

Jamie Johansen

The Obama Administration announced that the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is taking action against the European Union’s (EU) unfair trade practices that discriminate against U.S. beef imports. Acting on the request of the U.S. beef industry, USTR has scheduled a public hearing and is seeking public comments in connection with the EU’s ban on most U.S. …

Ag Group, Beef, NCBA, Trade

USMEF Reports on Beef Exports to Brazil

Lizzy Schultz

On this week’s audio report from the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF), technical services manager Cheyenne McEndaffer discusses the recent agreement that will resume trade for fresh and frozen beef cuts to Brazil for the first time in 13 years. U.S. beef had not been accepted by Brazil since the December 2003 BSE case, and Brazil’s beef exports to the …

Ag Group, Beef, Export, Export, Trade, 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

Dairy Groups Send Letter to President-Elect on Dairy Trade

Jamie Johansen

The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) sent a joint letter to President-elect Donald Trump outlining the importance of exports to the U.S. dairy sector and seeking further dialogue on ways the organizations can work with the incoming administration on trade policy. NMPF and USDEC said in their letter that expanded agricultural trade has …

Ag Group, Dairy, Government, National Milk, Trade, USDEC

Pork Board Discusses Industry Trends

Lizzy Schultz

The National Pork Board hosted a media teleconference this morning to address the current state of U.S. pork production, highlight current market trends, and define the impact these trends are having on America’s 60,000 pork producers. Speaking on the call were Jan Archer, National Pork Board president, Len Steiner, Steiner Consulting Group, Patrick Fleming, Director, Market Intelligence and Innovation for …

Ag Group, Audio, Company Announcement, consumer, economics, Markets, Pork, Pork Checkoff, Trade

State of U.S. Pork Industry

Jamie Johansen

The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) once again brought key spokespeople to Kansas City for NAFB’s Trade Talk. Beyond the election, there is no doubt the hottest topic discussed this year was trade. NPPC President, John Weber, said they were optimistic about the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and have invested a lot of time and resources into it. “We are …

Ag Group, Antibiotics, Audio, NAFB, NPPC, Pork, Trade, Veterinary

NCBA Talks Trade, New Administration & Markets

Jamie Johansen

Agricultural policies are the name of the game for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) when representing our nation’s beef producers in Washington D.C. As farm broadcasters gathered for this year’s NAFB Trade Talk, they were again on-hand to talk key issues as we prepare for new leadership. Colin Woodall, Vice President of Governmental Affairs, NCBA, said “I think when …

Ag Group, Audio, Beef, Cattle, Export, Markets, NAFB, NCBA, Trade

Farmers Union Survey Stresses WI Dairy Opposition to TPP

Jamie Johansen

In a survey of more than 1,000 dairy producers, conducted by Wisconsin Farmers Union (WFU), nearly 80 percent of respondents agreed TPP should be rejected until milk import concerns are resolved in the agreement. “This survey underscores what we have been consistently hearing from producers all across the country. TPP is a bad deal for America’s family farmers and ranchers. …

Ag Group, Dairy, NFU, Trade

EU Geographical Indications Policies – Losses to U.S. Dairy

Jamie Johansen

Surrendering to a European Union (EU) seizure of common food names would cost the U.S. dairy industry billions of dollars, slash domestic cheese consumption and increase prices for consumers, according to an analysis released today by Informa Economics IEG. The European farm policy agenda, which is focused on using geographical indications (GIs) to unfairly grant European food producers a huge …

Ag Group, Audio, Dairy, Trade

Poultry, Egg & Soy Groups Head to Cuba

Jamie Johansen

The heads of four national U.S. poultry and egg organizations will lead a delegation representing the poultry, egg and U.S. soybean industries to Cuba for a fact-finding trade mission Sept. 27-30. Last week I traveled to Cuba with an agricultural media delegation and spent our time immersed in Cuban culture and agriculture. I am still regaining my wits and can’t …

Ag Group, Cuba, Eggs, International, National Chicken Council, Poultry, Trade