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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 »

USDA proposes decreased membership on Beef Promotion Board

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service announced a final decision to decrease membership on the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board from 103 to 100 members. The law authorizing the board requires the board’s size to change with shifts in cattle inventory levels. FULL STORY »

USMEF Audio Report: Hosting Congressional delegation from Mexico

This week the U.S. Meat Export Federation is hosting a Congressional delegation from Mexico for a firsthand look at U.S. meat production. Also included in the delegation is the coordinator of livestock development for Mexico’s Department of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food. FULL STORY »

The fork in the road

This autumn will mark the 30th anniversary of deliberations leading up to the 1985 Farm Bill. That legislation was noteworthy for several changes in government agricultural policy but most memorable for those of us in the cattle industry was the provision for a national beef checkoff mandated by the federal government. FULL STORY »

Angus VNR: Genetics may solve cattle health challenges Play video

Health isn't all about reaction. Holly Neibergs, Washington State University animal scientist, shares insight on a comprehensive research project aimed at identifying the role genetics can play in reducing Bovine Respiratory Disease (BRD) cases in a herd. FULL STORY »

USMEF Audio Report: New U.S. Lamb Cut Chart Guide

With funding support from the American Lamb Board, the U.S. Meat Export Federation has developed a new U.S. Lamb Cut Chart Guide to help promote U.S. lamb in international markets. FULL STORY »

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