July Beef and Pork Exports Rebound, But Still Below Last Year

Clint Thompson Beef, Exports/Imports, Pork

The latest data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) shows July exports of U.S. beef rebounded from recent lows but remained below 2019 levels. Here is U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) Economist, Erin Borror. U.S. pork exports, which are on a record pace in 2020, were also down year-over-year in July but increased compared to June. Borro says it …


U.S. Meat Exports to South Korea Face New Round of COVID-19 Restrictions

Clint Thompson Coronavirus, Exports/Imports, Livestock

In an effort to contain a recent wave of COVID-19 cases, the government of South Korea has re-imposed heightened social distancing requirements in the Seoul metropolitan area, including restrictions on some food and beverage providers. U.S. Meat Export Federation’s Joe’s Schuele has more details on what this means for U.S. beef and pork exports.  


USDA Forecasting Increased Exports

Clint Thompson Exports/Imports

A new forecast from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) shows that despite the growing imports of foreign agricultural products, U.S. farmers still are racking up a trade surplus with the rest of the world, and that is expected to increase even more in 2021. The Outlook for U.S. Agricultural Trade report notes the increase is primarily driven by higher …


USMEF Conducting Educational Webinars for Red Meat Exporters

Clint Thompson Beef, Exports/Imports, Pork

The U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) has been conducting monthly, web-based educational seminars for staff of its member companies. As Joe Schuele reports, these seminars are providing instructions for properly documenting and executing shipments of U.S. beef, pork and lamb to international destinations.


U.S. China Postpone Trade Deal Review

Clint Thompson Export/Import, Exports/Imports, Soybeans, Trade

The U.S. and China have postponed a review of the Phase One trade deal as China continues to buy large amounts of U.S. farm commodities. The two sides were set to meet over the weekend, but the delay allows China more time to buy U.S. crops. However, the postponement arose over scheduling conflicts, according to Reuters. Saturday marked the six-month …

Pork Exports Trend Lower in June but Remain on Record Pace

Clint Thompson Exports/Imports, Pork

June exports of U.S. pork fell below year-ago levels for the first time this year, but exports remain on a record pace in 2020, according to data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). Beef exports were down sharply from a year ago in June. This reflected a lingering impact of a temporary slowdown in …


Commissioner Fried Encourages Farmers to Comment, Testify on Unfair Trade Hearings

Clint Thompson Exports/Imports, Florida, Trade

Tallahassee, Fla. – The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) and Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried are encouraging producers to submit comments in the coming week to the upcoming U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) field hearings on unfair produce trade with Mexico. The USTR recently announced that field hearings scheduled in April will now take place on August 13 and …