September Beef Exports Steady; Pork Higher but Pace Slowing

Dan Beef, Exports/Imports, Industry News Release, Pork

(NAFB) — September exports of U.S. beef were steady with last year’s volume, but the export value was trending lower. That’s according to USDA data compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). Pork exports were above last year’s levels in September but had pulled back from the larger totals in June, July, and August. September beef exports were just …


NCBA VP: “Why Sustainability?”

Dan Beef, Cattle, Industry News Release

By Ethan Lane, Vice President, Government Affairs, NCBA When the topic of sustainability comes up in conversation in cattle circles, it’s common to see heads shaking. It’s not a topic we like to discuss in our industry – primarily because it’s so often raised with bad intentions and worse information. We bristle because we’ve been doing things right in our …


USMEF on Meat Exports to China

Dan Beef, Exports/Imports, Pork

Last week, the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) held their annual Strategic Planning Conference in Tucson, Arizona. During a media conference call, USMEF Senior Vice President of Asia Pacific, Joel Haggard, talked first about African Swine Fever (ASF) and it’s impacts on the pork trade. But when it comes to U.S. beef going to China, Haggard said the U.S. has a very …


NCBA on the Real MEAT Act

Dan Beef, Cattle

Last week, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) applauded the bipartisan introduction of the Real MEAT (Marketing Edible Artificials Truthfully) Act of 2019. The Real Meat Act will codify the definition of beef for labeling purposes, reinforce existing misbranding provisions to eliminate consumer confusion and enhance the Federal Government’s ability to enforce the law. NCBA Senior Director of Government Affairs, Danielle Beck, discusses the …


Montana Senator Introduces Resolution to Restart COOL

Dan Beef, Cattle, Industry News Release

(NAFB) — Senator Jon Tester of Montana introduced a resolution in support of the reestablishment of Country of Origin Labeling. The COOL resolution puts forth a firm statement of support for the program, which was repealed back in 2015. The introduction follows months of coordination and collaboration by Tester, who’s been pulling together consumer and producer stakeholders to push the …


BQA Campaign Seeks Greater Understanding of Industry Efforts

Dan Beef, Cattle, Industry News Release

Strengthening the link between beef industry, consumers (NCBA) – About 85 percent of U.S. beef today comes from Beef Quality Assurance (BQA)-certified farmers or ranchers. But do American consumers know that? Just as important, do they know what BQA is – and what it stands for? Those are the kinds of questions a new Beef Checkoff-funded campaign from the National …