Agri-Pulse Hosts National Pork Board Webinar on Trade

Agri-Pulse president Sara Wyant moderated a discussion on Thursday with USDA Trade Undersecretary Ted McKinney, North Carolina hog farmer Jan Archer, and Iowa State University economist Dermot Hayes on how exports add value for pork producers and support U.S. jobs. The event was sponsored by the National Pork Board. Watch the webinar here. Listen to the audio here: (1 hour)

NCBA Urges Steps to Maintain Beef Supply

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) is working to maintain an adequate supply of beef for U.S. consumers during the current COVID-19 outbreak. NCBA Vice President of Government Affairs Ethan Lane says they have taken a number of steps to help protect the value chain, starting with sending a request to Vice President Mike Pence for assurance that meat inspection …

Lamb industry requires further change, says American Lamb Summit

September 5, 2019 For Immediate Release Media Contact: Sharlet Teigen (605) 390-8320 Outcomes from the inaugural American Lamb Summit were clear: all segments of the industry need to further improve lamb quality to keep and attract new customers and become more efficient to recapture market share from imported lamb. Yet, it was just as clear that production technologies and product …

NPPC Launches Keep America First in Ag Campaign

The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) has launched a new campaign to highlight the importance of establishing a proper regulatory framework for gene editing in American livestock. The “Keep America First in Agriculture” campaign was officially kicked off June 25 with a media teleconference featuring leading researchers, veterinarians, producers and industry experts. Listen to opening remarks from the press conference …

Study Examines Contribution of American Lamb Checkoff Program

The American Lamb Checkoff Program has positively contributed to American lamb demand and industry profits, according to the Texas A&M University 2019 report “Return on Investment in the American Lamb Checkoff Program” conducted by agricultural economists Gary Williams, Ph.D., and Dan Hanselka. After extensive econometric modeling, researchers concluded that the American Lamb Checkoff Program added from 2.4% to 2.7% of …

New Consumer Study Reveals Growing Interest in Lamb

A recent survey conducted by the American Lamb Board (ALB) assessed US consumers’ knowledge and preference levels of domestic and imported lamb. The data collected from the lamb usage and attitude study will assist industry stakeholders in making strong, strategic decisions about how to market U.S. lamb. “The American Lamb Board has devoted more than a decade to building awareness …

FDA Considering Fake Meat and Milk

The federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is spending time this month discussing meat and milk. Last week, FDA held a public meeting to discuss foods produced using animal cell culture technology – mainly lab-grown fake meat products – and which agency should be in charge of regulating. The meat industry believes fake meat should be regulated by USDA. Speaking …

American Lamb Urges Consumers to “Feed Your Adventurous Side” in Bold New Campaign

Denver, Colo. – The American Lamb Board (ALB) announces the launch of “Feed Your Adventurous Side,” a consumer campaign representing the spirit of today’s lamb industry. It takes lamb beyond its traditional use at holidays to a bold exploration of flavor and adventure. Research conducted for the American Lamb Board shows an opportunity to position lamb as offering unique and …

North American Meat Institute Economic Analysis

The North American Meat Institute (NAMI) conducted a new economic impact analysis, along with John Dunham & Associates, identifying the U.S. meat and poultry industries account for $1.02 trillion in total economic output or 5.6 percent of gross domestic product (GDP). The complete release on the analysis can be found here. NAMI held a press conference this morning to discuss …

Alltech Releases Global Aquaculture Production Data

Following the release of their annual Global Feed Survey, and based on several industry requests, the research team behind Alltech recently completed a deeper dive into analyzing the growing aquaculture feed sector and the increased finisher feed prices worldwide. Aidan Connolly, Chief Innovation Officer for Alltech, sat down with for an interview with AgWired on the results of the analysis. …

Dietary Guidelines Reaffirm the Health of Lean Beef

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have released the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. They have reaffirmed the role of lean beef in a healthy diet and confirm that Americans are, on average, consuming lean meat in daily amounts that are consistent with the recommendations for protein foods, according the …

Philippines-EU Trade Agreement Topic of USMEF Report

The latest U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) Report discusses the recent announcement by Philippine officials that the country expresses interest in pursuing a free trade agreement (FTA) with the European Union (EU), with hopes to launch formal FTA negotiations early next year. In the report, Joel Haggard, USMEF senior vice president for the Asia Pacific region, explains how this agreement …

House Votes to Repeal COOL for Meat

By a vote of 300 to 131, the House of Representatives passed legislation late Wednesday to repeal Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) for beef, pork and chicken. “I am thankful for the support of my colleagues today in passing this common-sense, bipartisan bill that is a necessary targeted response to avoid retaliation from Canada and Mexico,” said House Agriculture Committee …

Cong. Vicky Harzler Interview

Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) and 70 House colleagues recently called for the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) to be based on sound nutritional science and not areas such as sustainability and tax policy. In this interview, Rep. Hartzler discusses her view of the recent DGA advisory committee report that recommends less meat in the diet. She also talks about …

Cow That Stole Christmas 10 Years Later

On December 23, 2003, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the first known case of BSE (bovine spongiform encephalopathy) in the United States. It was in an adult Holstein cow in the state of Washington, which quickly became known as the “cow that stole Christmas.” In this interview, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) chief operating officer Kendal Frazier recalls how …