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Ronald Prestage arrested

Ronald William Prestage, DVM, from Camden, S.C., has been charged with carrying a pistol without a license. He is president-elect of the National Pork Producers Council. FULL STORY »

Pork Checkoff launches social media blitz

#RealPigFarming, a new social media project from the Pork Checkoff, gives curious consumers an inside look at modern pork production. FULL STORY »

USMEF Audio Report: May shows strong momentum U.S. beef, pork

U.S. beef and pork exports maintained their strong momentum in May, with double-digit increases in export value for both products compared to last year. Beef exports in May were up 5 percent in volume to 102,967 metric tons (mt) and 15 percent in value ($589 million). FULL STORY »

USB reports results of consumers’ attitudes toward GMOs

Although consumer awareness about biotechnology and GMOs skyrocketed in 2014, only 2 percent of consumers cite GMOs as a barrier to eating foods or beverages, according to the 21st Annual Consumer Attitudes about Nutrition study. FULL STORY »

New way sought for captive grain shippers to challenge rail rates

National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) has submitted an extensive proposal urging the federal Surface Transportation Board (STB) to establish new rules and procedures that captive grain shippers could use to challenge rail freight rates they believe are unreasonable. FULL STORY »

Rising tide lifts all boats

A recent trade mission to Brazil and Colombia offered Pork Checkoff leaders new insights to increase trade opportunities for U.S. pork. FULL STORY »

U.S. exporters appreciate Chinese red meat trade team visit

Senior-level buyers from some of the top red meat importers in China and Hong Kong toured the heartland of America with the U.S. Meat Export Federation last month, getting a top-to-bottom education on U.S. agriculture and the red meat industry. FULL STORY »

Recommit to biosecurity

An industry-wide renewed focus on biosecurity is critical in controlling the spread and reinfection of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus. FULL STORY »

USMEF Audio Report: Visit from Japanese buyers, distributors

On June 13, a delegation of 33 buyers and distributors from Hannan Foods Group – one of Japan’s largest meat importing and processing organizations – visited U.S. Meat Export Federation headquarters in Denver. FULL STORY »

NPPC wants full market access offer from Japan

In written testimony submitted to the House Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee, the National Pork Producers Council reiterated the importance to U.S. pork producers for countries, including those in the current Trans-Pacific Partnership trade negotiations, to eliminate tariff and non-tariff barriers to U.S. pork. FULL STORY »

House Appropriations Committee approves ag funding bill

Last week, the House Appropriations Committee passed on a 31-18 vote the fiscal 2015 funding bill for Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies. FULL STORY »

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