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Smithfield Foods Wins Environmental and Safety Awards

Dan Beef, Cattle, Livestock, Marketing

The North American Meat Institute (NAMI) recently held its 2022 environmental awards and worker safety recognition programs. Smithfield Foods won awards for its environmental and safety achievements. “Protecting the environment, including decreasing our carbon footprint, implementing water conservation strategies, and reducing packaging have all been Smithfield priorities for decades,” says Stewart Leeth, chief sustainability officer for Smithfield. “These priorities are …


Meat Sector Releases First-Ever Data Report on Environment

Dan Beef, Cattle, Climate Change, Marketing

The North American Meat Institute (NAMI) released a report Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022, that sets transparent baselines that will allow the industry to measure progress and verify contributions to global climate goals. With 100 percent of the Meat Institute’s large U.S. members, those with more than 2,000 employees, submitting data, the report covers an estimated 90 percent of meat sold …


Groups Condemn Meat and Poultry Special Investigator Act

Dan Cattle

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Wednesday condemned the Meat and Poultry Special Investigator Act of 2022, approved by the House Agriculture Committee. NCBA Vice President of Government Affairs Ethan Lane says the legislation was rushed through the legislative process “without consideration of the confusing bureaucratic mess it would create.” The special investigator bill would create a new position in the …


New Report Indicates Government Interference in Beef & Cattle Markets has Unintended Consequences

Dan Beef, Cattle, Marketing

In response to a bipartisan request from the House Agriculture Committee, Texas A&M University has completed a comprehensive report on the U.S. cattle and beef markets written by leading economists across the country. Among its key findings is that proposals increasing government intervention and mandates will cost livestock producers billions of dollars. “Thursday the House Agriculture Committee will hold the …


Industry Responds to Coalition Announced at UN Summit

Dan Cattle, Livestock

Agriculture and food industry groups welcome the formation of the Coalition of Action on Sustainable Productivity Growth for Food Security and Resource Conservation. The North American Meat Institute (NAMI) announced that it will join the effort. The Meat Institute expects to announce in November ambitious, data-driven targets to publicly verify progress on the 100 metrics in its sustainability framework. NAMI …


Meat Institute: Scapegoating Industry Does Not Help Consumer

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

The North American Meat Institute (NAMI) this week claimed the Secretary of Agriculture’s transparent attempts to scapegoat the meat and poultry industry to shift blame for inflationary prices will not help consumers. NAMI President and CEO Julie Anna Potts states, “Americans are experiencing firsthand what the Secretary refuses to acknowledge, the effects of COVID and lack of labor are hurting …

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Experts Agree: Livestock Markets Not Broken; Affected by Supply and Demand

Dan Cattle, Livestock

With cattle futures reaching new multi-year highs this week, the North American Meat Institute (NAMI) submitted testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday underscoring the supply and demand fundamentals of beef and livestock markets and opposing further government intervention that will result in unintended consequences. “Industry experts, market participants and economists testifying before three different congressional committees in the past …


Animal Ag Organizations Launch Protein PACT

Dan Cattle, Livestock, Pork, Regulation

U.S. animal agriculture groups Monday announced the Protein PACT. The coalition is the first joint initiative designed to accelerate momentum and verify progress toward global sustainable development goals across the animal protein sector. The Protein PACT was submitted to the UN Food Systems Summit as a sustainability game changer, and sustainable livestock and poultry production will be featured in a …


Meat Institute Opposes Government Intervention in Meat Market

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

The North American Meat Institute (NAMI) opposed recent action to make changes to the Packers and Stockyards Act. In a statement, the organization says, President Biden’s executive order calling for the Department of Agriculture to change the Packers and Stockyards rules will have unintended consequences for consumers and producers. Meat Institute President and CEO Julie Anna Potts states, “Government intervention …

Livestock Indemnity Program

Supreme Court Rejects Petition against California Prop 12

Dan Beef, Cattle, Dairy, Equine, Legislative, Livestock, Marketing, Pork, Poultry, Rabbits, Regulation, Sheep-Goats

The U.S. Supreme Court Monday denied a petition to review California’s Proposition 12. The denial was included in a batch of announcements by the Supreme Court. Earlier this month, the North American Meat Institute supported its petition, stating the law “provides no benefit to consumers and increases breeding sow mortality.” The Meat Institute file the petition in February, challenging the …