NCBA Holding Summer Business Meeting

Clint Thompson Alabama, Beef, Beef, Cattle, Florida, Georgia, Industry

As we all know, various meetings, conventions and other events in the agriculture industry have been cancelled this year due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. But one event that is still taking place as planned is the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Summer Business Meeting in Colorado. NCBA CEO Colin Woodall says the event this week is an in-person meeting. The …


During Hurricane Season, USDA Offers New and Improved Insurance Options

Clint Thompson USDA, Weather

By Martin R. Barbre, Administrator, Risk Management Agency, USDA The 2020 hurricane season has begun, and many experts have predicted above-normal activity this year. USDA is ready to help you during this hurricane season. USDA Helps Producers Recover From Disasters and Prepare for Future Ones USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) recently introduced a new crop insurance hurricane endorsement, Hurricane Insurance …

Sunbelt Field Day Yields Positive Results

Clint Thompson Georgia, Industry

Thinking outside the box with Thursday’s Sunbelt Ag Expo Field Day yielded positive results, says Chip Blalock, executive director of the Sunbelt Expo in Moultrie, Georgia. It went so good, the new-look drive-thru version may become the new normal. “When you do something for the first time, you really don’t know what to expect,” Blalock said. “But when they were …

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Big Trade Surplus in Most Red Meats

Clint Thompson Alabama, Beef, Beef, Florida, Georgia, Industry

Right now, the U.S. is seeing a big trade surplus in most red meat categories. But according to a story from Gary Crawford, that does not include beef. We may actually import more beef this year than we export. USDA Economist Bart Kenner looks at the U.S. red meat import situation during the first eight months of the 2020 fiscal …


USDA Provides Update on Investigation Following 2019 Tyson Beef Plant Closure and COVID-19 Pandemic

Clint Thompson Cattle, USDA

USDA (Washington, D.C., July 22, 2020) – As part of its commitment to ensuring fair and competitive markets for the livestock, meat and poultry industries, today the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a report on its ongoing boxed beef and fed cattle price spread investigation. “The closure of the Tyson beef packing plant in Holcomb, Kansas, after a fire …

Red Meat Exports are Valuable to U.S. Corn, Soybeans

Clint Thompson Alabama, Beef, Beef, Corn, Florida, Georgia, Pork, Soybeans

Since 2015, indirect exports of corn and soybeans through beef and pork exports has been the fastest-growing category of corn and soybean use, delivering critical returns for corn and soybean farmers. This week, the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) released an updated version of the independent study aimed at quantifying the value red meat exports provide to U.S. corn and …


Meat Production Continues to Rebound

Clint Thompson Alabama, Beef, Beef, Cattle, Florida, Georgia, Poultry

The USDA recently raised its estimates of red meat and poultry production. The numbers in its newest WASDE report show production levels three billion pounds higher than the agency predicted after COVID-19 shut down meat plants in April and May. An article on says the meat outlook brightened for the second month in a row. “The beef production forecast …

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Vaccine Bank Part of FMD Preparedness Strategy

Clint Thompson Alabama, Beef, Cattle, Florida, Georgia

Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced the initial purchase of a vaccine for the National Animal Vaccine and Veterinary Countermeasures Bank (NAVVCB). APHIS will invest $27.1 million in foot-and-mouth disease vaccine, which the Agency would use in the event of an outbreak to protect animals and help stop spread of …

Red Meat Exports Trend Lower in May

Clint Thompson Alabama, Beef, Beef, Exports/Imports, Florida, Georgia

U.S. beef and pork exports trended lower in May, due in large part to temporary interruptions in slaughter and processing. Beef exports dropped well below year-ago levels, while pork exports remained higher than a year ago, but were the lowest since October 2019. Joe Schuele with the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) has the details. “As protective measures related to …