Hormel Eliminating Ractopamine from Hog Supplies

Clint Thompson Pork

Hormel Foods is getting rid of ractopamine (rack-TOH-pah-meen), a growth drug banned by China, from its hog supply. Hormel is joining rival companies like Tyson Foods and JBS in looking to make more meat sales to China, which is in the middle of wrestling with a large shortage of pork. Hormel isn’t going to accept hogs that have been fed …

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U.S. Pork Industry Requests Additional ASF-Prevention Measures

Dan Industry News Release, Pork

(NPPC) — Thanks to continued vigilance by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the U.S. pork industry, the United States has so far prevented an outbreak of African swine fever (ASF), an animal disease affecting only pigs with no human health or food safety risks. To ensure the U.S. swine herd …


Update on Meat Demand and Distribution in China

Clint Thompson Livestock, Pork

With more dockworkers and others critical to China/Hong Kong’s food distribution chain now returning from an extended Lunar New Year holiday break, Joel Haggard, U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) senior vice president for the Asia Pacific, looks for a growing backlog of imported meat to begin making its way more smoothly into the market. Joe Schuele has the story.


FDA Stall Tactics Hurting U.S. Agriculture

Dan Industry News Release, Livestock, Pork

(NPPC) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) misrepresentation of a gene edited livestock research project is its latest stall tactic designed to rationalize a regulatory grasp on an emerging technology that must be regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) if the United States is to maintain its global leadership position in agriculture. “While countries like China, …


NPPC Applauds House Passage of Ag Inspectors Bill

Dan Industry News Release, Livestock, Pork

(NPPC) — The U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation that authorizes funding for 740 new agricultural inspectors at land, air and sea ports to prevent African swine fever (ASF) and other foreign animal diseases (FAD) from entering the United States. In October 2019, the Senate approved an identical version of the bill (S. 2017), which the House approved today. Providing …

U.S. Pork Exports Set Record in 2019

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Last year was a banner year for U.S. pork exports in terms of volume and value, reaching almost $7 billion. That comes from U.S. Department of Agriculture data compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation. Exports of U.S. beef were below 2018 record levels, while lamb export volume was the second-largest on record. Pork exports rose to just over 282,000 …


How is Coronavirus Impacting Food Demand?

Clint Thompson Beef, Pork

We are hearing quite a bit in the news about the spread of coronavirus. But how is this affecting the meat and food business? That’s a question that Joe Schuele tackles in this story from the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF).


Livestock Groups Pleased with Wednesday’s USMCA Signing

Clint Thompson Beef, Cattle, Pork

Many in agriculture were pleased with President Trump’s signing of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) Wednesday at the White House. That includes various livestock groups, like the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA). NCBA President Jennifer Houston attended the signing ceremony and afterwards issued a release saying: “This is a great day for America’s cattle producers and we were once again honored …

Beef, Pork Production Hit Record Highs in December

Clint Thompson Beef, Pork

Pork and red meat production hit a monthly record in December. The USDA says pork production totaled 2.44 billion pounds, a nine percent jump over December of the previous year. Slaughter was also higher, up nine percent to 11.4 million head. The average live weight gaining was up two pounds to 288 pounds. Beef production totaled 4.72 billion pounds, a …