Deadline for Seafood Trade Relief Program Coming Up

Dan Aquaculture, Economy, Exports/Imports, Industry News Release, USDA-FSA

(USDA/FSA) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reminds fisherman of the Jan. 15 deadline to apply for the Seafood Trade Relief Program (STRP), which provides support for fishermen impacted by retaliatory tariffs from foreign governments. For more information on the program, including guidance on how to apply, visit or call 877-508-8364 to speak directly with a USDA employee ready to …


November Beef Exports Largest in More than a Year

Dan Beef, Cattle, Exports/Imports, Industry News Release, Livestock, Pork

According to data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF), U.S. beef exports posted one of the best months on record in November, 2020. Beef exports came in at 115,337 metric tons (mt), with a value of $707.5 million. USMEF President and CEO Dan Halstrom explains where the strongest markets were for U.S. beef. November was also …


Grain Exports End 2020 on High Note

Clint Thompson Corn, Exports/Imports, Soybeans, Wheat

The newest grain export sales report from the USDA for the week ending on Dec. 24 shows that 2020 is ending on a positive note. Soybean export sales for the 2020-2021 crop surpassed analyst expectations. The trade was looking for sales ranging between 7–25 million bushels. However, the new figure passed those estimates as sales jumped 74% from the previous …

Ag Export Destinations Shift Over Previous 25 Years

Clint Thompson Export/Import, Exports/Imports

The U.S. is the world’s second-largest agricultural trader after the European Union. U.S. agricultural exports grew significantly over the last 25 years, from $46.1 billion in 1994 to $126.7 billion in 2019. It’s no surprise that Canada and Mexico are two of the top destinations. The elimination of agricultural trade barriers through the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement, which …


Taiwan Approves U.S. Pork Imports with Ractopamine

Clint Thompson Exports/Imports, Pork

Taiwan’s parliament approved a measure that will allow U.S. pork imports containing ractopamine, a leanness-enhancing additive. Reuters says the approval came despite objections from KMT, the main opposition party, which says it creates a health risk for the Taiwanese people. The country’s president decided in August that Taiwan would allow imports of U.S. pork with the additive, which is banned …


Drought and Heat Harm Brazil’s Harvest

Dan Citrus, Exports/Imports

There is a saying among those who have been in the industry for a long time: “There is no citrus harvest like the other.” Growers are facing production challenges in the current harvest season in Brazil. Hot, Dry Conditions The first signs of a decrease in the season’s fruit crop were given by last year’s (August to September 2019) bloom. …