African Swine Fever Impact Even Greater in 2020

Clint Thompson Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Pork

Experts are saying that the African Swine Fever (ASF) outbreak that continued last year could have an even bigger impact in 2020. The Guardian says that the highly-contagious virus that is fatal to pigs is still spreading at a rapid rate. While human attention is on the COVID-19 outbreak, the concern is growing around the world that countries are not …

U.S. Pork Exports Reach New Heights in March; First Quarter Beef Exports Also on Record Pace

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Underpinned by record production, U.S. pork exports completed a tremendous first quarter with new March records for volume and value, according to data released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). Beef exports also trended higher year-over-year in March, establishing a record first quarter pace. “March export results were very solid, …


USDA Announces Additional Food Purchase Plans

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(USDA/AMS) — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced details of $470 million in Section 32 food purchases to occur in the third quarter of fiscal year 2020, in addition to purchases previously announced, which will enable USDA to purchase surplus food for distribution to communities nationwide. These Section 32 purchases will provide additional support for producers and Americans in …


Peterson Will Draft Emergency Plan for Agriculture

Clint Thompson Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Pork

Representative Collin Peterson, the Minnesota Democrat who chairs the House Ag Committee, says he will “personally see to it” that the Ag industry doesn’t suffer from a national emergency like COVID-19 again. “I can tell you as chairman of the Ag committee that this is not going to happen again on my watch,” Peterson said during a press conference in …

U.S. Pork, Beef Industries Find Innovative Ways to Communicate with International Customers

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

With more people across the globe working from home, spending more time at home and cooking and eating much more frequently at home, the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF), together with the U.S. beef and pork industries, have been working to find innovative ways to communicate with international consumers. Joe Schuele has the story.


Another Meatpacking Plant Suspends Operations

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Tyson Foods announced it will be suspending operations indefinitely at its plant in Waterloo, Iowa, which is its largest U.S. pork plant. That plant’s closure means approximately 15% of pork processing capacity across the country has gone offline. More than 150 of the country’s largest meat plants are in counties where the rate of COVID-19 infections is already relatively high. …

meat prices

USDA’s Latest Meat Outlook Shows Lower Prices Across the Board

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Covid 19 is affecting many aspects of agriculture, including the prices being paid for some of those products. And that is reflected in USDA’s latest outlook for the meat sector, which according to a story from Stephanie Ho, shows lower prices across the board. World Ag Outlook Board Chair Mark Jekanowski says USDA is forecasting a reduction in the global …

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Extension Economist Offers Reassurances about Meat Supplies

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(ACES) — Smithfield Foods has closed a major pork processing facility in South Dakota causing concern about meat supplies and possible shortages among consumers, industry professionals and political pundits. An economist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System said consumers should think about the industry as a whole and the long-term logistics of moving not only meat supplies but also all …

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UF Surveys to Identify Impact of Pandemic on Florida’s Agriculture and Marine Industries

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(UF/IFAS) — With agriculture and marine industries occupying a large portion of Florida’s economy, the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) wants to better understand how measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 are impacting these sectors. Starting today, faculty from the UF/IFAS Food and Resource Economics (FRE) department are deploying surveys to UF/IFAS Extension agents …