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. …


Report: U.S. Animal Protein Needs Trade Negotiators Back at the Table

Dan Beef, Cattle, Exports/Imports, Livestock, Pork, Poultry, Rabbits, Sheep-Goats

A report from CoBank shows animal agriculture needs trade negotiators at the table to build export markets. The report says the recent nomination of a chief agriculture negotiator with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative is an important step forward. However, Elaine Trevino has yet to be confirmed by the Senate. U.S. animal protein exports have grown from $7.4 …


Potential Propane Problems Should Prompt Producers to Plan Ahead

Dan Biofuels/Energy, Pork

The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) is continuing to urge producers to take steps now to ensure they have adequate supplies of propane this winter, with reports of near-record prices and historically low stockpiles of the gas. NPPC is working with the National Propane Gas Association (NPGA) to monitor supplies, which are adequate but may be less plentiful in the Midwest, according …


Increase Expected for Beef and Poultry Production, Decrease for Pork

Dan Beef, Cattle, Pork, Poultry

USDA’s latest forecast shows production of two major meat types moving in opposite directions. According to World Agricultural Outlook Board Chair Mark Jekanowski, beef production is expected to increase. But, he says they reduced the pork production forecast. And when it comes to poultry production, Jekanowski says USDA is forecasting year-over-year growth.


Livestock and Poultry Report on World Markets and Trade

Dan Beef, Cattle, Livestock, Pork, Poultry, Sheep-Goats, USDA

Tuesday, the U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) released their quarterly Livestock and Poultry Report on World Markets and Trade. This report includes data on U.S. and global trade, production, consumption and stocks, as well as analysis of developments affecting world trade in livestock and poultry. It covers beef and veal, cattle, pork, swine and chicken meat. This new USDA report shows that China …

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USDA Considering Waivers for Slower Pork Plant Processing Lines

Dan Pork, USDA

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says the USDA is working on a proposal for a waiver system for hog plants forced by a federal court to slow down their processing lines. Waivers that would allow plants to speed up processing lines again could renew concerns about worker safety but boost profits for pork companies and farmers. Vilsack didn’t specify what those …


Signup Deadline for Pandemic Livestock Program is Tuesday

Dan Coronavirus, Livestock, Pork, Poultry

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) wants to remind livestock producers who suffered losses during the pandemic due to insufficient access to processing, the signup deadline for the Pandemic Livestock Indemnity Program (PLIP) is October 12, 2021. PLIP provides payments to producers for losses of livestock or poultry depopulated from March 1, 2020, through December 26, 2020. Here is Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator …


Price Spread for Pork Products Increases as Processing Plant Labor Shortages Continue

Dan Labor and Immigration, Pork, USDA-ERS

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to worsen longstanding labor shortages in the U.S. pork processing industry. Because the production of deboned products requires more labor, associated prices are higher than bone-in product prices, which have smaller labor requirements, according to USDA’s Economic Research Service. When labor shortages are severe, as in the spring of 2020, when COVID-19-related infections of processing plant …