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NPPC Farm Bill Priority: FMD Vaccine Bank

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The U.S. pork industry’s top priority for the next Farm Bill is establishing a Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD) vaccine bank, the National Pork Producers Council told a House Agriculture subcommittee in testimony.

“If this country ever had an FMD outbreak, it not only would devastate my farm and the whole livestock industry but the entire U.S. economy,” said NPPC Vice President David Herring, a pork producer from Newtown Grove, N.C., who testified on behalf of the organization before the agriculture panel’s Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture. Read the rest of this entry »

Beef Cattle Price Decline Could Be Less Drastic than Was Expected

beef cattle auction-5Beef cattle prices are a little stronger than had been expected a few months ago, while hog producers are getting better than expected prices, even with more production. But what will happen to broiler prices if producers carry out expected production expansion? Gary Crawford more on all three of those stories. Read the rest of this entry »

Ag in Review for the Week Ending March 10, 2017

Agnet_logo_at_150_dpiIn our recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast for the week ending March 10th, we talk about avian influenza, family farms, have a peanut contract price update, exports of cotton, beef and pork, Read the rest of this entry »

Put COOL Into NAFTA Negotiations

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An open markets advocate told the National Farmers Union’s political action committee that Donald Trump should make it a goal to re-establish country-of-origin labeling (COOL) for beef and pork during the upcoming NAFTA negotiations. Read the rest of this entry »

Analysts say Bacon Shortage Not Likely

Bacon Shortage Not Likely
Despite record low U.S. pork belly inventories, analysts say a bacon shortage is not likely. In early February, the Ohio Pork Council fueled alarms by publicizing that pork belly stocks were at their lowest levels in half a century. While the group added there was not an actual bacon shortage, several media outlets published reports suggesting otherwise. Read the rest of this entry »

National Pork Board Increases International Markets Funding

National Pork Board
At year-end 2016, U.S. pork exports showed impressive progress following a challenging 2015. In 2016, 5.1 billion pounds of pork and pork variety meats valued at $5.94 billion dollars were exported, up 8 percent and 7 percent respectively from 2015, according to the USDA. Read the rest of this entry »

Record Year for U.S. Pork Exports

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U.S. pork exports set a new volume record in 2016, reaching 2.31 million metric tons, thanks in part to a fifth consecutive record year for exports to Mexico. U.S. Meat Export Federation’s Joe Schuele has more on the story. Read the rest of this entry »

Seneca Valley Virus Disease Reports Increasing

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The Seneca Valley virus disease is on a slow upswing in the United States, and a University of Missouri Extension veterinarian says pork producers need to be prepared if the disease strikes their operation. Read the rest of this entry »

Gift Ideas with Bacon

giftFor those of us that have absolutely no idea what to get for our love, Cathy Isom has some unique Valentine gift ideas for the bacon lover in your life. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. Hear Cathy’s report and learn more.

Japan a Significant Export Market for U.S. Beef and Pork

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We told you earlier this week that the Japanese Prime Minister is scheduled to visit the U.S. this Friday and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the National Pork Producers Council are urging President Trump to begin negotiations on a free and fair trade agreement with Japan. One person who has spent time in Japan is Phil Seng, President and CEO of the U.S. Meat Export Federation. And I recently asked him why trade with Japan was so important. Read the rest of this entry »

Strong Finish for 2016 Red Meat Exports, New Volume Record for Pork

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U.S. pork and beef exports wrapped up an excellent 2016 performance with very strong December results, according to statistics released by USDA and compiled by USMEF.

Pork export volume reached a record 2.31 million metric tons (mt) in 2016, up 8 percent year-over-year and 2 percent above the previous high in 2012. Export value increased 7 percent from a year ago to $5.94 billion. December pork exports totaled 222,635 mt, up 18 percent year-over-year, valued at $564.2 million, up 20 percent. Read the rest of this entry »

Growing Pork Supply Likely Means Lower Bacon Prices

bacon pork pricesYou may have recently seen a story that the very high demand for bacon has driven pork belly supplies to record lows, prompting talk of a nationwide bacon shortage. But, the pork industry remains confident it can keep up with the increasing demand, and a USDA analyst debunks reports of an impending shortage. As a matter of fact, USDA livestock analyst Shayle Shagam expects record pork production this year, which he adds should lead to lower prices for pork products. And that includes bacon. Read the rest of this entry »

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