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NPPC Welcomes Comment Period Extension for Packer and Stockyards Competition Proposed Rule
NPPC appreciates USDA’s move to extend the comment period for the Packers & Stockyards Act proposed rule on Inclusive Competition and Market Integrity. Pork producers rely on enforcement of the Act to ensure fair marketing opportunities and support policies that allow them to make decisions that best fit their unique circumstances. NPPC joined with other stakeholders and members of Congress in requesting the additional time to comment on this proposed rule to allow greater participation throughout the pork and livestock industries and ensure producer voices are heard...
NCBA Welcomes Comment Extension for Packers and Stockyards Act Rulemaking
Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a 45-day extension of the comment period for the proposed rule titled, “Inclusive Competition and Market Integrity Under the Packers and Stockyards Act.” The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) welcomed the extension while urging USDA to proceed in a cautious, deliberative manner.
“While we appreciate the additional time to submit thorough comments, overall USDA should tap the brakes on this rulemaking effort,” said NCBA Senior Director of Government Affairs Tanner Beymer. “This is a significant undertaking rooted in decades of legislative..."
Urner Barry Releases November Soy & Wheat Report
In the latest WASDE report, the USDA stated the outlook for 2022/23 wheat for November is stable supplies, increased domestic use, unchanged exports, and slightly lower ending stocks. Total domestic use is projected to be 5 million bushels higher at 1,093 million bushels as an increase in food use more than offsets a decrease in seed use.
Globally, the 2022/23 wheat outlook calls for increased supplies, consumption, trade and ending stocks this month. Supplies are projected up 1.3 million tons to...
USDA Provides Nearly $24M Boost for Beginning Farmers and Ranchers
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Chief Scientist Chavonda Jacobs-Young today announced a nearly $24 million investment across 45 organizations and institutions that teach and train beginning farmers and ranchers.
“Investing in the professional development of our nation’s newest farmers and ranchers will help our food and agriculture sectors to flourish from the ground up,” said Jacobs-Young, who is also USDA’s Under Secretary for Research, Education and Economics. “Strengthening and growing our next generation pipeline is vital to the continued success of American agriculture and prosperity of..."
Urner Barry Releases November Pulse Protein Report
As of October 12, Ethiopia remains in the top spot of the dried pea export value chart. China still holds the fourth spot, with an 86% decrease in value year-over-year (YOY) noted. Peru is maintaining the fifth-place spot for lentils, keeping India out of the top five countries in the export value chart. Pakistan continues to hold the top spot for dried chickpea exports this October, with an 84% decline in value YOY.
According to the Commerce Department, U.S. farm exports rose to a record $196.4 billion in fiscal year (FY)...
September Pork Exports Continue Upward Trend; Pace Cools for Beef
U.S. pork exports topped year-ago totals for the second consecutive month in September, according to data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). September beef exports were below last year for the first time in 2022, but exports remain on a record pace through the first three quarters of the year.
Pork exports reached 222,202 metric tons (mt) in September, up 1% from a year ago. Export value increased 9% to $664.8 million – the highest since June 2021. Through September, pork exports were...
NCC Delivers Comments on FSIS Proposed Salmonella Framework
The National Chicken Council (NCC) today delivered public comments at a U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) virtual meeting about the agency’s recently announced regulatory framework for Salmonella in poultry products. NCC’s comments addressed each of the three components the agency said it is currently considering as part of a new strategy.
Food safety is a top priority for the broiler industry, and NCC supports changes in food safety regulations that are based on sound science, robust data, and are demonstrated to positively impact public health...
USDA Announces Funds to Expand Processing Capacity Following NCBA Advocacy
Today, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association commended the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) following Secretary Tom Vilsack’s announcement of over $223 million in grants and loans to support small to mid-sized processing facilities.
“NCBA has long advocated for expanded processing capacity to provide cattle producers with additional options for turning their cattle into high-quality beef. Today, the cattle industry needs more targeted capacity in high-need areas, and we look forward to these facilities launching and expanding operations,” said NCBA Senior Director of Government Affairs Tanner Beymer...
Pure Praire Farms™ to Receive $6.9 Million Dollar Grant
This week, government officials announced that Charles City Iowa-based premium chicken integrator, Pure Prairie Farms Inc., is set to receive a $6.9 million dollar grant as part United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Meat and Poultry Processing Expansion Program (MPPEP). The program was launched in 2021 in response to supply chain disruptions in recent years for meat and poultry products during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to USDA, the program is "to encourage competition and sustainable growth in the U.S. meat processing sector, and to help improve..."
NTF Statement on FSIS Salmonella Framework
The National Turkey Federation (NTF) issued the following statement on the release of the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service’s (FSIS) Proposed Regulatory Framework to Reduce Salmonella Illnesses Attributable to Poultry:
“National Turkey Federation members are committed to further enhancing the safety of their products and building on the turkey industry’s ongoing efforts to address Salmonella throughout turkey production. As FSIS and industry look towards comprehensive strategies to advance this priority, it is imperative that the best science drive food safety policy. The Salmonella..."
Urner Barry Releases October Soy & Wheat Report
In the latest WASDE report, the USDA stated the outlook for 2022/23 wheat for October is lower supplies, domestic use, exports, and stocks. This is due to reductions in both harvested area and yield, which lowered production by 133 million bushels to 1,650 million bushels, only minimally higher than last year. The season-average farm price is estimated at $9.20/bushel (bu), a $0.20 increase from last month.
Globally, the 2022/23 wheat outlook calls for reduced supplies, consumption, trade and ending stocks this month. Supplies were decreased by 1.9 million tons to...
NCC Says FSIS’s New Salmonella Framework Lacks Data, Research
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced a new regulatory framework in an effort it says will reduce Salmonella illnesses associated with poultry products.
Specifically, FSIS said it would be proposing three components, including:
- Requiring incoming flocks be tested for Salmonella before entering an establishment;- Enhancing establishment process control monitoring and FSIS verification;- Implementing an enforceable final product standard.
“We support the need to develop science-based approaches that will impact public health, but this is being done backwards,” said Ashley Peterson...
Urner Barry Releases October Pulse Protein Report
As of October 12, Ethiopia remains in the top spot of the dried pea export value chart. China still holds the fourth spot, with an 88% decrease in value year-over-year (YOY) noted. Peru is maintaining the fifth-place spot for lentils, keeping India out of the top five countries in the export value chart. Pakistan continues to hold the top spot for dried chickpea exports this October, with an 83% decline in value YOY.
The USDA reported this past summer that the Saudi government lifted all COVID-19 restrictions allowing...
Pork Supply Growth to Remain Limited for Much of 2023
Hog breeding herd as of September 1 was estimated down from the previous quarter as well as 0.6% lower than a year ago. The pig crop through next Feb is expected to decline y/y, suggesting no supply growth through next summer.
Steiner and Company produces the Profit Maximizer report on behalf of National Pork Board based on information we believe is accurate and reliable. However neither NPB nor Steiner and Company warrants or guarantees the accuracy of or accepts any liability for the data, opinions or recommendations expressed...
August Pork Exports Trend Higher; Beef Exports Again Top $1 Billion
August exports of U.S. pork topped year-ago totals for the first time in 2022, according to data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). Beef exports were slightly above last August’s large volume and again topped $1 billion in value, reaching this milestone in seven out of eight months this year.
Pork exports reached 226,293 metric tons (mt) in August, up slightly from a year ago and the largest since November 2021, while export value climbed 4% to $659.6 million...
NPPC Statement on Federal Ruling on USDA’s New Swine Inspection Program
The following statement can be attributed to the National Pork Producers Council:
“We are pleased that the federal judge upheld the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) New Swine Inspection System (NSIS) that incentivizes investment in new technologies while ensuring a safe supply of wholesome American pork. Pork producers use science-based approaches to continuously improve and modernize their practices to ensure product quality and consistency and their..."
Launch of Niman Ranch Grass Fed Beef Sets the Bar for Flavor
Niman Ranch, the legendary premium beef brand served in the country’s most celebrated restaurants, has launched a USDA-graded, domestic, culinary-driven 100% grass fed and finished beef program. Sourced exclusively from American ranches, the new beef program provides the exceptional marbling, tender texture and consistent, rich flavor Niman Ranch is known for—but with the added health and environmental benefits grass fed beef brings to the table.
“The vast majority of grass fed beef on the market is lean, lacks marbling and has an off or mineral..."
USMEF Statement on Advancement of Under Secretary for Trade Nomination
Today the Senate Agriculture Committee reported favorably on the nomination of Alexis Taylor to serve as USDA under secretary for trade and foreign agricultural affairs.
U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) President and CEO Dan Halstrom issued this statement in support of the nomination:
USMEF thanks the Senate Agriculture...
NCBA Statement on Cattle Contracts Library Pilot Program Notice to Trade
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) released the following statement in response to a Notice to Trade published today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) related to the Cattle Contracts Library (CCL) pilot program:
“The Cattle Contracts Library is designed to be a tool for cattle producers, making information accessible which may in turn allow them to capture unrealized value for their livestock,” said NCBA Vice President of Government Affairs Ethan Lane. “We are pleased to see the pilot program progressing and note the..."
NCBA Urges Senate to Confirm Key USDA Nominees
Today, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) urged the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry to confirm key nominees for Under Secretary for Food Safety and Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
“Cattle producers need strong, stable leadership in top positions at USDA and we urge the Senate to move quickly on confirming these highly qualified nominees,” said NCBA Vice President of Government Affairs Ethan Lane.
For the position of Under Secretary for Food Safety, the President nominated Dr. Jose Emilio Esteban...
Urner Barry Releases September Soy & Wheat Report
In the latest WASDE report, the USDA stated the outlook for 2022/23 wheat for September is increased supplies, domestic use, exports, and reduced stocks. The outlook is relatively unchanged from August. The season-average farm price is currently estimated at $9.00/bu, a $0.25 decrease from last month. Despite the decline, the current value remains a record season-average farm price.
Globally, the 2022/23 wheat outlook calls for higher supplies, consumption, exports, and ending stocks this month. Supplies were increased by 3.6 million tons to...
NCBA Member Testifies Before House Agriculture Committee Regarding Value of Conservation Programs
Iowa cattle producer and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) member Shayne Wiese testified before the House Agriculture Committee regarding implementation of the conservation title of the 2018 Farm Bill.
“USDA’s voluntary conservation programs have been a great asset to cattle producers,” Wiese testified. “It is important that these programs are implemented in a practical, producer friendly, and voluntary manner for years to come to ensure that cattle producers will continue to have the ability to do what we do best – produce the world’s safest, most nutritious, abundant, and..."
NPB and Partners Receive $155 Million from USDA Climate-Smart Program
NPB is a collaborator on three separate grants awarded by USDA that support climate-smart pork production.
The National Pork Board (NPB) is the lead of one and a collaborator on two grants receiving $155 million in USDA Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities funding announced Sept. 14, 2022.
The three grants are part of the $2.8 billion awarded to 70 selected projects in the first round of funding for the program.
“Pork producers stand out as leaders in sustainability with the data aggregation tools they have..."
Urner Barry Releases September Pulse Protein Report
As of September 13, Ethiopia remains in the top spot of the dried pea export value chart. China still holds the fourth spot, and an 89% decrease in value year-over-year was noted. Peru is maintaining the fifth-place spot for lentils, keeping India out of the top five countries in the export value chart. Pakistan continues to hold the top spot for dried chickpea exports this September, with an 84% decline in value year-over-year.
For the current marketing year, dry bean exports are at a record low...
FSIS Issues Public Health Alert For Ground Beef In HelloFresh Meal Kits Due to Possible E. Coli
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing a public health alert due to concerns that ground beef products in HelloFresh meal kits may be associated with Escherichia coli (E. coli) O157:H7 illness. A recall was not requested because the products are no longer available for purchase.
The meal kits containing ground beef for this public health alert were shipped to consumers from July 2-21, 2022. The following products are subject to the public health alert...
USDA Announces $400 Million in Funding Available to Create USDA Regional Food Business Centers
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today the availability of approximately $400 million to provide essential local and regional food systems coordination, technical assistance, and capacity building services through USDA’s new Regional Food Business Centers.
“The USDA Regional Food Business Centers will be a new, critical asset as we continue our work to strengthen and enhance local and regional food systems across the nation,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “Regional Food Business Centers will serve as USDA’s cornerstone in the development of the local...
July Beef Exports Stay on $1 Billion/Month Pace; Pork Exports Remain Below Last Year
U.S. beef exports again topped $1 billion in July and posted the fifth-largest volume on record, according to data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). Pork exports remained below last year’s pace but continued to gain strength in Colombia and the Caribbean and stayed above year-ago for Mexico, the leading destination for U.S. pork.
July beef exports totaled 126,567 metric tons (mt), up 3% year-over-year. Export value increased 7% to...
HPAI Findings Have Waned, but Not Stopped
Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) hasn’t completely disappeared from the U.S. landscape, although the number of incidents has declined dramatically over the summer.
As the data from the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) in the accompanying charts show, detections in both commercial and backyard flocks have dwindled since peaking in April and May, respectively...
Urner Barry Releases August Emerging Plant Protein Report
According to the latest USDA WASDE, the outlook for 2022/23 U.S. rice this August is for increased supplies, unchanged domestic use and exports, and higher ending stocks. All rice production for the 2022/23 crop was increased by 1.5 million cwt to 176.0 million. The season-average farm price was raised $0.60 to a record...
NCC Voices Strong Opposition to Proposed Poultry Contracting Rule
The National Chicken Council (NCC) today voiced strong opposition to the “Transparency in Poultry Grower Contracting and Tournaments” proposed rule and called for its withdrawal, in comments filed with USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS).
NCC is deeply concerned that the proposed rule would have a devastating financial impact on the U.S. chicken industry by raising costs and administrative burdens, contributing to increased food prices for consumers, and ultimately destabilizing a successful compensation system for our growers.
“This isn’t about transparency,” said NCC President Mike Brown...
Urner Barry Releases August Soy & Wheat Report
In the latest WASDE report, the USDA stated the outlook for 2022/23 wheat for August is increased supplies, domestic use, exports, and reduced stocks. Supplies were raised on higher production, with the all wheat forecast at 1,783 million bushels, up 2 million from July. Also, the all wheat yield is projected at 47.5 bushels per acre, a slight increase from last month. The season-average farm price is currently estimated at $9.25/bu, surpassing the 2012/13 record of $7.77/bu.
Globally, the 2022/23 wheat outlook calls for higher supplies, greater consumption, and increased trade. Supplies were increased by...
Urner Barry Releases August Pulse Protein Report
As of August 8, Ethiopia remains in the top spot of the dried pea export value chart. China still holds the fourth spot, and a 90% decrease in value year-over-year was noted. Meanwhile, Canada is in the first spot for lentils again, however with a 19% decrease in value. Peru is maintaining the fifth-place spot for lentils, keeping India out of the top five countries in the export value chart. Pakistan continues to hold the top spot for dried chickpea exports this August, with an 84% decline in value year-over-year.
The U.S. exports to over 70 countries and has been a net exporter of dry peas and lentils for at least three decades. However, the 2021/22 marketing year is anticipated to be...
NCC Statement in Response to FSIS Announcing its Plans to Declare Salmonella an Adulterant
The National Chicken Council today released the following statement in response to FSIS announcing its plans to declare Salmonella an adulterant in frozen, raw, breaded, stuffed, chicken products. Attributable to Ashley Peterson, Ph.D., senior vice president of scientific and regulatory affairs.
“As these products often appear ready to eat, but contain raw chicken, we recognize their nature raises special considerations that merit additional attention. The National Chicken Council (NCC) and our member companies have invested millions of dollars and have worked for more than a...
Urner Barry Releases July Emerging Plant Protein Report
The USDA projects rice exports to total 79.0 million cwt, a 5% decrease year-over-year, and the lowest level since 1996/97. However, the U.S. rough-rice export forecast is up almost 10% from a year earlier. Currently, the United States is facing increasing competition from South American rough rice exporters in key Latin American markets that is preventing any long-term increase in these shipments. U.S. milled rice exports are forecast at 45.0 million cwt, 14% below a year prior. These are the lowest milled-rice exports since...
Urner Barry Releases July Soy & Wheat Report
Projected 2022/23 global wheat trade is expected to total 205.4 million metric tons, an increase of 0.2 million from a month ago. While India's exports are reduced due to their trade restrictions, they are more than offset with increases for Argentina, Russia, and Uzbekistan. Argentina has continued to export large volumes in 2021/22 as they have remained competitive and are anticipated to continue to be able to compete in the global market into the 2022/23 trade year.According to the agriculture ministry, Ukraine's grain exports plunged 68.5% year-over-year to 165,000 tons in early July. Also, grain exports for the 2021/22 season ended June 30 rose...
Webinar Symposium to Discuss Small Tick Causing Big Problems for Cattle
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), in conjunction with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), is hosting a two-day webinar symposium to address concerns regarding the Asian Longhorned Tick and the pest’s possible impact on the U.S. cattle industry. The free virtual event will be held Aug. 23-24 from noon to 3:45pm (Eastern) each day.
“Our goal is to inform and educate cattle producers across the country about this potential threat,” said Dr. Kathy Simmons, NCBA’s chief veterinarian.
The two-day webinar is designed to...
Urner Barry Releases July Pulse Protein Report
Dry pea supplies in 2021/22 are tight with production down 60% year-over-year. The USDA reported that dry pea stocks were down by about 50% in December from the previous year, the lowest levels since 2012. Lentil supplies are also lower than the year prior, with production down 55%.
According to the National Weather Service, a massive heat wave is engulfing much of the Midwest and into the Southern tier of the United States. Excessive heat warnings were in effect last week, with...
USDA Data, Climate & Weather Driving Markets
The June webinar covered domestic weather patterns and predictions, global events in crop and livestock markets and the most recent USDA Hogs and Pigs Report.
The National Pork Board uses Pork Checkoff funds to provide operational value to pork producers, crop farmers and other stakeholders through educational materials and other resources, which includes a webinar series.
On June 29, NPB welcomed experts Andrew Thut from IBM, Erin Borror from U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) and Altin Kalo from Steiner Consulting Group to speak to producers about domestic weather patterns and predictions...
Urner Barry Releases June Emerging Plant Protein Report
According to the latest USDA WASDE, the outlook for 2022/23 U.S. rice this June is for higher beginning and ending stocks. No other changes to the 2022/23 balance sheet were noted for this month. The season average farm price for all rice remains unchanged at $17.80/cwt, up $1.90 year-over-year.
The USDA also noted that despite a slow start to plantings this year in the South because of rain, progress of the 2022/23 crop was reported...
Urner Barry Releases June Soy & Wheat Report
According to the Ukraine Grain Association, grain silos in Ukraine are about half full leading up to this year's harvest, which means crops could be left in the ground if Russia continues blocking ports. Without access to its Black Sea ports, Ukraine would be able to export 20 million tons of grains next year at best. These exports would likely be more sunflower seeds than corn and wheat. Currently, Ukraine is attempting to ship its crop via...
NAMI: Special Investigator to Cost Taxpayer $9 Million; is Redundant
The North American Meat Institute (Meat Institute) today released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives approved H.R. 7606, the Lower Food and Fuel Cost Act, a bill that establishes a special investigator for meat and poultry at the U.S. Department of Agriculture:
"We are disappointed the House voted to waste $9 million in taxpayer dollars on a redundant special investigator when that money would be much better spent helping Americans seeking assistance from record inflation," said Julie Anna Potts, President and CEO of the Meat...
Urner Barry Releases June Pulse Protein Report
Dry bean exports during the current marketing year were at a record low for the first 6 months of the September-February timeframe. Exports are currently averaging 44% below the previous year at 278 million pounds. Historically, the 2021/22 volume is 36% below the 32-year average. Also, the six-month export volume in 2004/05 was the only marketing year that was lower than the current one over the past 32 years.
Although slightly improved from the pandemic-related conditions of 2020, international trade markets remain hindered by port congestion, internal shipping delays, container availability, and trade route challenges stemming from the Russia-Ukraine war. Meanwhile, pea producers in some Russian regions face losing...
Nominations Now Open for the 2025 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee
Today, the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Agriculture (USDA) announced the public call for nominations to the 2025 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. The committee will review scientific evidence to help inform the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2025-2030. The departments will seek to appoint a committee that is balanced in expertise, experience, and education, and is reflective of the racial, ethnic, gender, and geographic diversity within the United States. Members of the public are invited to submit nominations for themselves...
USDA to Invest up to $65 Million in Pilot Program to Strengthen Food Supply
President Biden joined leaders from across the Western Hemisphere to present the Los Angeles Declaration on Migration and Protection at the Summit of the Americas. The Declaration seeks to mobilize the entire region around strong actions to bring the historic migration crisis under control. The Declaration is organized around three key pillars: (1) stabilization; (2) legal pathways and protections; and (3) humane migration management. In preparation for the Summit, the United States and other countries in the region developed a suit of bold new...
NCBA Congratulates Dr. Chavonda Jacobs-Young on Confirmation as USDA Under Secretary
Today, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Vice President for Government Affairs Ethan Lane released a statement on the confirmation of Dr. Chavonda Jacobs-Young as Under Secretary for Research, Education and Economics at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
“NCBA congratulates Dr. Chavonda Jacobs-Young on her confirmation as Under Secretary for Research, Education and Economics. The Research, Education and Economics arm..."
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Urner Barry Releases September Soy & Wheat Report
Urner Barry Releases September Pulse Protein Report