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FFA membership soars to record high

Membership in FFA today stands at an all-time high of 610,240 students, up from 579,678 in 2013. FULL STORY »

Zoetis, customers provide $1.3 million to ag programs

Students involved with FFA, the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) Foundation and the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Foundation will once again benefit from the 2014 Zoetis Industry Support Program, which raised $1,353,874 this year. FULL STORY »

NCBA representative addresses Beef Checkoff changes

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association representative and former president Scott George says the beef checkoff is underfunded. FULL STORY »

National Farmers Union pulls out of Beef Checkoff

National Farmers Union board of directors voted to withdraw from the beef checkoff working group, effective immediately. NFU President Roger Johnson released the following statement. FULL STORY »

Michigan pension fund to invest more in Australian livestock

Thousands of miles from pricey U.S. farmland, a Michigan pension fund is expanding its investments in Australia's almond, cattle and sheep farms, betting on good returns from the comparatively cheaper assets and surging prices for the commodities. FULL STORY »

July meat export volumes lower, but values remain on record pace

U.S. red meat exports slowed in July, the first time this year that year-over-year export volumes were lower for both beef and pork. But 2014 exports remain on a strong pace, according to statistics released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). FULL STORY »

Nolan Ryan hosts Japanese restaurateurs in Houston

On Aug. 29, U.S. Meat Export Federation President and CEO Philip Seng joined baseball legend Nolan Ryan in hosting a team of Japanese restaurateurs for a press conference prior to the Houston Astros-Texas Rangers game at Houston’s Minute Maid Park. FULL STORY »

Strong performance in South Korea for U.S. beef, pork

One of the top-performing markets for U.S. beef and pork in 2014 has been South Korea, where exports have posted strong year-over-year gains. FULL STORY »

EPA, Corps hijack Clean Water Act to expand regulatory authority

States could be facing upwards of 100,000 added regulated stream miles as a result of the “Waters of the United States” rule proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers. FULL STORY »

Strength in unity

One small voice can easily be ignored. When that sound is amplified with more than 50,000 other voices, a powerful alliance demands attention. Ten years ago, several state cattlemen’s leaders noticed a need for a unified front and developed the Southeastern Livestock Network. FULL STORY »

USMEF chairman hosts restaurant team from Europe

Last week, Nebraska agricultural leaders hosted a team of chefs and other food service professionals from the Goodman Group, one of Europe’s leading operators of high-end restaurants. FULL STORY »

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