Senators Propose Funding Increase for Marketing Programs

Dan Cattle, Economy, Marketing, U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF)

A group of Senators recently introduced legislation to increase annual funding for USDA International Marketing Programs, the Market Access Program (MAP) and the Foreign Market Development Program (FMD). U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) President and CEO Dan Halstrom says while MAP and FMD have received steady funding from Congress and the programs have strong, bipartisan support on Capitol Hill, MAP funding has remained static since …

Cattle on Feed Report

A Surprise in USDA’s Cattle on Feed Report

Dan Beef, Cattle, Marketing

USDA released their September Cattle on Feed Report, and it shows the number of cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in U.S. for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head was 11.3 million head on September 1, 2022. That is slightly above September 1, 2021, and the second highest September 1st inventory since the series began in …


USMEF Leadership Celebrates 45th Anniversary of Japan Office

Dan Beef, Cattle, Exports/Imports, Marketing, Trade, U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF)

Leaders of the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) traveled to Tokyo last week to mark the 45th anniversary of the USMEF Japan office. They met with meat industry leaders, hosted a meat recipe session for Japanese cooking teachers and social media influencers, visited displays of U.S. meat in grocery stores and held an anniversary seminar for 200 of the country’s meat industry representatives. …


Dairy Checkoff Competition Focusing on “Calming Benefits”

Dan Dairy, Education, Marketing, Research, This Land of Ours

Touting the calming benefits of dairy. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. The Dairy Management Incorporated’s New Product Competition is accepting applications for innovative products that focus on dairy’s qualities related to calming. The program used to be known as the National Dairy Council New Product Competition. It’s open to U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to develop products …


July Beef Exports Stay on $1 Billion per Month Pace

Dan Beef, Cattle, Exports/Imports, Livestock, Marketing, Pork, Sheep-Goats, U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF)

New data released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) shows U.S. beef exports again topped $1 billion in July and posted the fifth-largest volume on record. The same report also shows pork exports, while still below last year’s pace, did continue to gain strength in Colombia and the Caribbean and …


Colombia’s Demand for U.S. Red Meat Continues to Expand

Dan Beef, Cattle, Exports/Imports, Marketing, U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF)

The U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) reports that after a slow start to the year, U.S. pork exports to Colombia rebounded strongly in the second quarter and are now 10% ahead of last year’s record pace. Beef exports to Colombia are also soaring, up 55% in volume and 78% in value over 2021. U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) representative Don Mason says pork …


USDA Awards Grants to Further Strengthen Meat and Poultry Supply Chains

Dan Beef, Cattle, Livestock, Marketing, Pork, Poultry, USDA-AMS

(USDA/WASHINGTON, August 31, 2022) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced an additional $21.9 million of funding is being awarded to 111 grant projects through the Meat and Poultry Inspection Readiness Grant Program (MPIRG), bringing total funding to $54.6 million. This year’s awards will fund projects in 37 states. The funding will help strengthen and develop …