USDA Announces Second Round of Funding for Feral Swine Program

Clint Thompson Pork, USDA-NRCS

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced this week it is accepting applications from non-federal, not-for-profit partners for projects to help agricultural producers and private landowners trap and control feral swine. This is all part of the Feral Swine Eradication and Control Pilot Program (FSCP), where NRCS is making $12 million available. Applications for this second round of funding will …

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 …

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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.

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 …

Hog Farmers Face Near $5 Billion Loss

Clint Thompson Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Pork

An analysis by economist Steve Meyer for the National Pork Producers Council shows an estimated 2 million hogs still backed up on farms. According to his report, based on lean hog futures prices on March 1 and July 10 and actual hog prices in the interim, potential 2020 revenue from hog sales has been reduced by roughly $4.7 billion. Other …

Red Meat Exports are Valuable to U.S. Corn, Soybeans

Clint Thompson Alabama, Beef, Beef, Corn, Florida, Georgia, Pork, Soybeans

Since 2015, indirect exports of corn and soybeans through beef and pork exports has been the fastest-growing category of corn and soybean use, delivering critical returns for corn and soybean farmers. This week, the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) released an updated version of the independent study aimed at quantifying the value red meat exports provide to U.S. corn and …

Largest Meatpacking Union Confirms Growing COVID-19 Impact on Workers

Clint Thompson Alabama, Beef, Florida, Georgia, Industry, Pork

The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union held a press conference highlighting the impact and growing danger of COVID-19 on frontline workers. The union represents 1.3 million employees. The UFCW says that during the last 100 days, 238 UFCW frontline workers have died from COVID-19 and nearly 29,000 workers have been infected or exposed. UFCW International President Marc Perrone …