A discussion of the future of U.S. pork and beef exports will highlight the Global Outlook Symposium presented by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) Oct. 29 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC.

In addition to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) global forecasts, USMEF international directors will provide detailed information on factors shaping the conditions for U.S. meat exports in 2008 and beyond.

“If your livelihood depends on meat export market growth, this combination of USDA global forecasts and USMEF country-specific outlooks will provide a comprehensive overview of the opportunities and challenges facing U.S. meat exports in the years ahead,” says USMEF President Philip Seng.

USDA Chief Economist Keith Collins has been invited to present his export forecasts, economic implications of programs, regulations and legislative proposals that could affect meat exports.

USMEF trade analyst Erin Daley will supply an overview of global red meat trade and the competitive advantages of U.S. beef and pork in international markets.

The symposium will be held in conjunction with the annual USMEF Strategic Planning Conference where fiscal year 2009 marketing activities will be reviewed.

For more information, call USMEF at (303) 623-6328 or log onto www.usmef.org.