Record Year for U.S. Pork Exports

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.

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

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 …

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

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 …

Growing Pork Supply Likely Means Lower Bacon Prices

You 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 …

GIPSA Rule Comment Period Extended

The Trump administration extended the deadline for submitting comments on a regulation related to the buying and selling of livestock, a move hailed by the National Pork Producers Council, which opposes the Obama-era rule. The so-called Farmer Fair Practices Rules, written by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA), include two proposed regulations and an …

Pork Industry Says No Bacon Shortage

A very high demand for bacon has driven pork belly supplies to record lows, prompting talk of a nationwide bacon shortage. However, the pork industry remains confident it can keep up with the increasing demand and avoid a serious shortage of the product.