Florida Citrus Packers

Florida Citrus Packers: Fix Grapefruit Import Action Now

Dan Citrus, Exports/Imports, Grapefruit

Florida Citrus Packers recently called for a fix to a so-called “patch” by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that allegedly creates unfair advantages for Mexico and other countries over domestic grapefruit producers. Citrus Industry previously reported that the agriculture commissioners for Florida and Texas wrote letters protesting the USDA action.   Florida Citrus Packers Executive Vice President Peter Chaires addresses the …


APHIS Proposes Amendments to Import Regulations for Horses

Dan Equine, Exports/Imports, Livestock

The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA/APHIS) seeks public comments on proposed amendments to its import regulations for horses. The proposed amendments would better align regulations with international standards, according to USDA. The proposal also allows both APHIS and the equine industry more flexibility for permitted imports, while continuing to mitigate the risk of bringing contagious …

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Lower U.S. Agricultural Export Forecast

Dan Exports/Imports

According to a new USDA forecast, prospects for U.S. agricultural export values in this new fiscal year, which started October 1st, are good. But, they are not as good as they seemed a few months ago. USDA Chief Economist Seth Meyer reviews the new forecast. Meyer explains why the reductions were made.


Cattle Groups Call for Suspension of Brazilian Imports

Dan Cattle, Exports/Imports, Trade

Last Friday, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) called on Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to immediately suspend all imports of fresh beef from Brazil to the United States. In the letter to USDA, NCBA asked for a suspension until the agency conducts a thorough risk assessment and review of the processes that Brazil’s Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Food Supply uses to …


USMEF Conference Concludes with Focus on Korea

Dan Beef, Cattle, Exports/Imports, Trade

The U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) Strategic Planning Conference and Board of Directors Meeting took place last week in Carlsbad, Calif. The event wrapped up Saturday with a session focused on U.S. red meat’s success in South Korea. The conference marked the 45th anniversary of the founding of USMEF and 30 years since it established an office in Seoul, South Korea. …


Mexico OJ Exports Increasing

Dan Citrus, Exports/Imports, Orange Juice

Mexico is the second leading exporter of orange juice (OJ), following only Brazil, Florida Department of Citrus (FDOC) economist Marisa Zansler reported recently. She said Mexico’s OJ exports increased incrementally in recent seasons in response to the decline in world OJ supplies. Excerpts from Zansler’s FDOC document, Florida Citrus Outlook 2021-22 Season, follow. Although a net exporter of orange juice, orange …


Beef and Pork Exports Remain on Record Pace

Dan Beef, Exports/Imports, Livestock, Pork

Both U.S. Beef and Pork Exports Remain on Record Pace and U.S. pork exports are on a record pace through September, according to data released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). Joe Schuele has more details. Red Meat Exports Remain on Record Pace Through Third Quarter Both U.S. beef and U.S. …