Record-Breaking Performance for U.S. Beef and Pork Exports in March

Dan Beef, Cattle, Exports/Imports, Pork

U.S. red meat exports ended the first quarter on a very high note, according to data released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). Both beef and pork exports in March posted the highest monthly value on record. Beef exports in March, at 124,808 metric tons (mt), was up 8% from a …


U.S. Beef Poised for Summer Rebound in Europe

Dan Beef, Cattle, Exports/Imports

U.S. beef gained greater access to the European Union at the beginning of 2020 through a country-specific quota aimed at allowing more U.S. product to enter the EU at zero duty. But with most U.S. beef cuts traditionally consumed in Europe’s foodservice and hospitality sectors, the U.S. industry struggled to fully capitalize on the revised quota due to widespread restrictions …

Farm Credit System Reviews Ag Economy

Clint Thompson Exports/Imports

Record agricultural exports are contributing to favorable economic conditions for the U.S. farm sector. Exports to China have risen to record levels, with increases in soybeans, corn, wheat and cotton. High crop prices and strong producer margins are expected to bring more acreage into production, but continuing drought in much of the western United States is a concern. The Farm …


February Red Meat Exports Below Last Year, But Outlook Remains Strong

Dan Beef, Exports/Imports, Pork, Poultry, Sheep-Goats

The February red meat export numbers have been released, and according to the new data, exports of U.S. beef and pork remained below the rapid pace established in 2020. The numbers, released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF), indicates exports were consistent with projections and USMEF still expects 2021 beef exports …


NPPC Applauds the Philippines’ Decision to Import More Pork

Dan Exports/Imports, Pork

The Philippine government will provide more market access for pork imports to combat rising pork prices and stabilize supplies. Securing better access to the Philippines market has been a top, long-term priority for the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC). NPPC President Jen Sorensen says, “While we are saddened by the spread of ASF in the Philippines, we appreciate the opportunity …


Checkoff Dollars Important to USMEF Overseas Programs

Dan Beef, Cattle, Exports/Imports, Pork

The Beef and Pork Checkoff programs are national marketing and research programs designed to increase the demand for beef and pork products not only here in the U.S., but also abroad. One of the contractors to each of the checkoff programs is the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). And USMEF President and CEO Dan Halstrom recently told Southeast AgNet those dollars …

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South Africa Citrus Exports to Break Record

Dan Citrus, Exports/Imports

The South Africa citrus industry will likely break all export season records with an estimated 158.7 million cartons in 2021, the Citrus Growers Association of Southern Africa (CGA) reported recently. If the estimate is reached, it would represent a third consecutive season of record export volumes, with 130 million cartons exported in 2019, followed by 146 million cartons in 2020. …

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EU Suspending Tariffs on Peanuts

Dan Exports/Imports, Peanuts, Tariff

In a sign of easing trade tensions, the U.S. and European Union agreed late last week to suspend tariffs on a variety of products, including peanuts. While for now, it’s only a temporary removal of the tariffs, Tyron Spearman reports it’s still good news for the U.S. peanut industry.