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Be a Part of the Dialogues

Americans continue to have questions about how food is grown and raised. In response, the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA), funded in part by the beef checkoff, will host The Food Dialogues: New York. USFRA has assembled a stellar group of panelists who will present at The Times Center in Midtown Manhattan on Nov. 15 for discussions on some of today’s most pressing issues concerning food – antibiotics, biotechnology and media, marketing and food.

Additional details, including panel moderators and other speakers will be announced over the next several weeks. USFRA has created a special section of its website where affiliates and industry partners can register to receive more information and updates on the Food Dialogues: New York as they become available. We encourage you to attend and to encourage your membership or stakeholders to participate via live stream at www.fooddialogues.com.

New Generation of Producers Taking the Reins

The recent focus for many in the cattle industry has been the drought and the resulting lack of grass, water and hay. Grain prices have gone through the roof which has damaged feeder and calf prices, although they remain historically high. The drought is covering wide stretches of the Midwest and Northern Plains and comes on the heels of a crippling drought last year in the South Plains and Southwest. The dry weather has likely delayed expansion of the cow herd for at least another year and possibly longer. Even though most cow/calf producers are in the midst of several profitable years, the future looks tough to navigate through and many older producers are deciding that maybe it’s time to get out while they are ahead and either sell part or all of their property or hand it off to the next generation, and take a more passive role in the operation.

Read the full article in the checkoff’s Beef Issues Quarterly e-newsletter.

Sluggish Economy Slows South Korean Beef Market

U.S. beef exports to South Korea continue to rebound after being essentially absent from the market from 2004 through mid-2007 following the first BSE finding in the U.S.

2012 has been a challenging year for all imported beef in Korea as the country deals with an oversupply of domestic Hanwoo cattle, an abundance of affordable pork products, reduced consumer spending on food and some consumer reaction to the fourth American BSE case reported earlier this year.

The U.S. continues to regain market share from top competitors Australia and New Zealand and will continue to enjoy a duty advantage as a result of the Korea/U.S. Free Trade Agreement.

Read the full article in the checkoff’s Beef Issues Quarterly e-newsletter.

Ingredient of the Month:  Apples

The idea of fall makes us think of crunchy leaves, chilly breezes and seasonal activities like apple picking. Apples are the ideal fruit for savory dishes, soaking up flavors while imparting their own sweet taste into dishes. One look at Pinterest will show that apples are on many minds this time of year. So we’ve gathered up a bushel of apple-icious beef recipes.

When it comes time to cover seasonal foods please visit the checkoff-funded BeefItsWhatsForDinner.com where you can search by ingredient, recipe name, cut or preparation method.

October Producer Profile:  Will Frazee, Iowa

Will Frazee says he’s been serving the cattle industry for ‘a number of years’ just like a lot of his Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB) friends. And like a lot of that service-oriented group, he was born into it. He’s a fourth-generation farmer and he has a son who’s ready to become the fifth generation.

Read the full story here.