The USDA has recently reached agreements allowing U.S. pork and beef producers greater access to consumers in Mexico and Peru. The two agreements will allow U.S. producers to export slaughter cattle to Mexico and expand access to consumer markets in Peru for U.S. fresh and chilled pork.
The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee approved a bill that requests the Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to withdraw the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) proposal....More
For the first time since 1992, sales at food establishments surpassed spending at the grocery store in March. The surge in spending on food away from home is positive for the meat sector, especially after a sluggish start to the year due to harsh winter conditions in heavily populated areas....More
Lean Hogs futures continued their long, slow climb out of their deep hole last week and, at least for those contracts through August, are higher again on Monday. In fact, summer contracts are bumping $80 today....More
Bacon has naturally enticed people around the world since it was first invented in 1500 B.C. The cured, smoky wonder has advance from a breakfast favorite to a “dream” value-added product to latest flavor infused into everything from desserts to vodka....More
A bipartisan group of former secretaries of agriculture have written the House and Senate Agriculture Committee’s leadership urging that the constraints on financing exports to Cuba be eliminated and the Cuban embargo be lifted....More
Congresswoman Louise Slaughter has reintroduced the “Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act,” which would ban non-therapeutic uses of medically important antibiotics in food animal production. This is legislation she has introduced over a number of years....More
The International Longshore and Warehouse Union caucus delegates are recommending to the ILWU membership that the labor agreement between the union and the Pacific Maritime Association be approved....More
What are the top priorities for your operation in 2014?
As the New Year gets closer, feed prices stabilize lower and pork prices remain higher, increasing the prospects of solid profits for pork producers for the next 3-5 years, what are the top priorities for your hog operation?
As Swine Show Season Approaches, what are Some of the Things you and your Family will do to get Ready?
From the North American International Livestock Exposition to the National Junior Swine Association’s Summer Spectacular, the swine show circuit is an important aspect to many young people with an interest in the hog industry.
What issues should the Pork Checkoff prioritize to best support the U.S. pork industry?
The National Pork Board recently announced that Chris Hodges will join the National Pork Board as its new chief executive officer on Feb. 16. Currently based in Kansas City, Hodges is senior vice president - business development of Smithfield Farmland. In his new position, Hodges will oversee the Pork Checkoff. Of the many issues facing the pork industry, which ones do you think the National Pork Board should prioritize when it comes to implementing research, education and promotional efforts on behalf of U.S. pork producers? Please leave a comment if you have something to add to the list or discussion.