AgNet Weekly: Representative Kat Cammack

Sabrina Halvorson AgNet Weekly, Legislative

Representative Kat Cammack (R-FL-03) joins host Sabrina Halvorson this week for a discussion on protecting seasonal and perishable produce growers in trade deals, controlling government regulations with the REINS Act, WOTUS, and more. Each week we highlight essential legislative and policy conversations affecting agriculture nationwide. Host Sabrina Halvorson is a 30-year media veteran known nationally for her award-winning, balanced, and …

AgNet Weekly: NCBA Opposition to PRIME Act

Sabrina Halvorson AgNet Weekly, Legislative

The PRIME Act has once again made its way into Congress. Current law exempts custom slaughter of animals from federal inspection regulations, only if the meat is for personal, household, guest, and employee use. So, to sell individual cuts of locally raised meats to consumers, farmers and ranchers must send their animals to a USDA-inspected slaughterhouse. Proponents of the bill …

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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 …


July 4th Cookouts Costing About the Same

Dan Beef, Dairy, Economy, Fruits, Industry News Release, Pork, Poultry, Vegetables

(AFBF) — A cookout of Americans’ favorite foods for July 4th, including hot dogs, cheeseburgers, pork spare ribs, potato salad, baked beans, lemonade and watermelon, will cost just a few cents more this year, coming in at less than $6 per person, says the American Farm Bureau Federation. Farm Bureau’s informal survey reveals the average cost of a summer cookout …


What’s at Stake for U.S. Beef in China

Dan Beef, Cattle, Exports/Imports, Trade

Earlier this week President Trump said he would meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping in June. The announcement comes as the trade war between the two largest economies in the world grows even more intense. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Senior Director of International Trade and Market Access, Kent Bacus, discusses what’s at stake for U.S. beef producers and how close we …


Cattle Industry’s Beef Quality Assurance Program Develops, Distributes Extensive National Manual

Dan Beef, Beef, Cattle, Industry News Release

Checkoff-Funded Effort Is a Resource for Responsible Cattle Management An official manual for the Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program that is both detailed and extensive is now being distributed nationwide throughout the cattle industry. The manual and the BQA program are both managed by the producer education team at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, a contractor to the Beef Checkoff. …


U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef Looks to the Future

Dan Beef, Cattle

This week, the U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (USRSB) concluded their fifth annual General Assembly meeting in Fresno, Calif. The event brought together more than 100 stakeholders including representatives from major food and retail companies, cattle producers, veterinarians, scientists, financial service representatives and non-governmental organizations. During the meeting, they adopted and launched the U.S. Beef Industry Sustainability Framework, the first-ever resource that …