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U.S. Meat Export Federation prioritizes demand growth

The president of the U.S. Meat Export Federation says growing demand for U.S. beef on the global market is a marathon. Dan Halstrom says the organization continues its work to build relationships with customers and grow the value of U.S. beef.  He says the... Read More.

Foundational markets for U.S. pork export growth

The National Pork Board sees Central America, the Caribbean, and Africa as foundational markets for U.S. pork export growth. NPB vice president of international market development Courtney Knupp says Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, and the Caribbean present a lot of opportunity. “One, they’re close... Read More.

IDOA touts FFA growth & diversity

The deputy director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture says a line item in the state budget is helping more students than ever participate in FFA. Kristi Jones tells Brownfield… “In the FY ‘24 budget, Governor Pritzker dedicated dollars for any ag student to... Read More.

RFA sees significant growth in E85 availability

The senior vice president of industry relations for the Renewable Fuels Association says the availability of E85 has been increasing across the country. Robert White tells Brownfield E85 is significantly cheaper than E10 gasoline. “We have just shy of 6,000 E85 stations spread across... Read More.

Michigan shepherd bullish on future growth

The Michigan Sheep Producers Association president says he plans to expand this year as demand remains strong. Third-generation farmer Jason Scramlin raises purebred Polypay sheep in Hickory Corners. “We have kind of held back maybe the last two years,” he says. “I know interest rates... Read More.

RMA Administrator touts growth of livestock producer options

The administrator of USDA’s Risk Management Agency says more producers than ever are utilizing insurance options, especially for livestock.  Marcia Bunger tells Brownfield… “We have grown by almost 10,000%,” she says. Bunger believes the growth stems from recent improvements to the Livestock Risk Protection and Gross... Read More.

Farmer leader hopes SAF use matches production growth

The new president of the Wisconsin Corn Growers Association hopes the growth in sustainable aviation fuel uses lines up with the ability to produce it.  James Giese from Alma Center is on the National Corn Growers Association’s Ethanol Action Team.  He tells Brownfield... Read More.

USMEF expects more growth for U.S. pork in Mexico

Mexico continues to be a leading market for U.S. pork producers. Dan Halstrom, president and CEO of the U.S. Meat Export Federation, says Mexico’s demand for American pork has been surging. “Number one, the economy is relatively strong,” he said. “Number two, we had... Read More.