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Thanksgiving Dinner Cost Rises Only a Penny

Dan Dairy, Field Crops, Fruits, Industry News Release, Pork, Poultry, Vegetables

(AFBF) — The American Farm Bureau Federation’s 34th annual survey of classic items found on the Thanksgiving Day dinner table indicates the average cost of this year’s feast for 10 is $48.91, or less than $5.00 per person. This is a 1-cent increase from last year’s average of $48.90. “The average cost of this year’s Thanksgiving dinner is essentially unchanged …

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 …

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 …

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NPPC Launches ‘Pork O’ Clock’ Campaign Highlighting Importance of USMCA

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

(NPPC) — The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) launched a dynamic new campaign, “It’s Pork O’ Clock Somewhere,” to highlight the importance and benefits of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) trade agreement. The campaign focuses on pork and the many ways it’s enjoyed across North America. “Ratification of USMCA is the top priority for U.S. pork producers and there is no better way to …

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Study Shows Pig Farmers Improving Their Environmental Footprint

Dan Environment, Industry News Release, Pork

(NAFB) — A new environmental study shows that pig farms are generating less manure nutrient content associated with odor. Data gathered from more than 106,000 samples at 182 North Carolina farms shows significant reductions in ammonia levels and manure nutrient content. The improvements are attributed to gains in feed efficiency, which means it takes less feed to raise a pig. …

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Strong August U.S. Pork Exports, Beef Exports Trail Last Year

Dan Beef, Cattle, Exports/Imports, Pork

U.S. pork exports posted very strong results in August, according to data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF), but beef exports were below the record-large totals of August 2018. Joe Schuele has more details. August pork exports increased 22% from a year ago to 221,586 metric tons (mt), while export value climbed 19% to …

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Meat Institute Challenging California Prop 12

Dan Cattle, Industry News Release, Legislative, Pork

(NAFB) — The North American Meat Institute last Friday filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 12, The Farm Animal Confinement Initiative. The Meat Institute opposes the law because the organization claims the law will “hurt the nation’s food value chain by significantly increasing costs for producers and consumers.” The lawsuit, filed in the United States District Court …