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 …

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Farmers Still Battling Hog Backlogs

Clint Thompson Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Pork

The backlog of hogs in states hit hardest by the meatpacking industry crisis is just now easing up somewhat. Hundreds of thousands of hogs were killed by producers who had nowhere to send the animals for processing. While that number is short of the initial slaughter estimates of millions of hogs, the pork industry still needs financial assistance to cover …

Fans Select Bama’s Best Pulled Pork Final Four

Clint Thompson Alabama, Pork

Written by Marlee Moore The Alabama Pork Producers smoked out four finalists in its Bama’s Best Pulled Pork contest — Heard’s BBQ in Maplesville in Chilton County, JJ’s BBQ in Elba in Coffee County, The Pink Pig in Moulton in Lawrence County and Holy Smoke BBQ in Hartselle in Morgan County. Alabama Farmers Federation Pork Division Director Russ Durrance said …

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April Red Meat Exports Weather Production Challenges, Economic Headwinds

Taylor Hillman Beef, Livestock, Pork

April proved to be a solid month for U.S. beef and pork exports despite COVID-19 related interruptions in production and trade. U.S. Meat Export Federation President and CEO Dan Halstrom says, “despite these significant headwinds, global demand for U.S. beef and pork remained strong.” Beef exports were below last April’s large totals but still topped $600 million in value. Pork …