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National Pork Board CEO stepping down

The National Pork Board announced today that Chief Executive Officer Chris Novak will step down after six years of service to the pork industry and the Pork Checkoff. Novak is leaving Oct. 3, 2014, to assume leadership of the National Corn Growers Association. FULL STORY »

Nolan Ryan hosts Japanese restaurateurs in Houston

On Aug. 29, U.S. Meat Export Federation President and CEO Philip Seng joined baseball legend Nolan Ryan in hosting a team of Japanese restaurateurs for a press conference prior to the Houston Astros-Texas Rangers game at Houston’s Minute Maid Park. FULL STORY »

U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance launches new campaign

The U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance is launching a new campaign today titled I AM FARMLAND, which is geared to help support the expanded distribution of FARMLAND, a new feature length documentary about the lives of young farmers and ranchers. FULL STORY »

USMEF chairman hosts restaurant team from Europe

Last week, Nebraska agricultural leaders hosted a team of chefs and other food service professionals from the Goodman Group, one of Europe’s leading operators of high-end restaurants. FULL STORY »

Humphreys named top exec at Ohio Pork Council

An Iowa native will take over as new Executive Vice President of the Ohio Pork Council. Bryan Humphreys brings national experience to his new position. FULL STORY »

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 »

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