Export Markets vs. Hog Supplies – A Reality Check
Last week’s news that Russia and China will reopen their
markets to U.S. pork was certainly good news. It should provide yet
another opportunity to sell hogs at very profitable prices this summer
and, by most estimates, at a profit even for the fourth quarter of this
The reality, however, may not be quite as great as the good feelings
that followed the announcements. And, there is the underlying question
about whether actual demand this summer will live up to the expectations
of the futures market.
into Russia a Breakthrough for Pork
With valuable, constructive input from all facets of the
U.S. pork industry, lengthy negotiations between the governments of the
United States and Russia have resulted in a reopening of the market to
U.S. pork exports. This is an important breakthrough for pork producers
and exporters, as the market had been effectively closed for several
months due to numerous delistings of U.S. processing plants and storage
The prospects for an agreement brightened in mid-February when U.S. Meat
Export Federation (USMEF) led a U.S. industry delegation to Moscow for
discussions with a team headed by Russia’s chief veterinary officer.
The meeting laid the groundwork for a better working relationship with
the Russian veterinary service and complemented the ongoing formal
negotiations between the two governments. Later that month, the USDA
Agricultural Marketing Service posted the new Export Verification (EV)
Program for plants exporting pork to Russia. The principal components of
this program are:
Concerned about Competition Workshops
Senators Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) and Pat Roberts (R-KS)
expressed their concerns regarding the Department of Justice-USDA
competition workshops on agricultural competitiveness issues. In a
letter to Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of Agriculture Tom
Vilsack, the senators urged that workshops be balanced and reflect the
wide array of producers and agribusiness in modern-day agriculture. The
senators wrote, “As you begin your review, we caution you to embark on
a balanced evaluation that, importantly, includes careful consideration
of the unintended consequences of government intervention in the market.
We are deeply concerned that the result of any review not stifle
innovation and thereby create a one-size-fits-all marketplace in which
all producers are treated the same regardless of economics or free
Consumer Recall Notification — Senator Kristen Gillibrand
(D-NY) has introduced the “Consumer Recall Notification Act,” which
would make sure consumers and health workers are aware when food recalls
are made. The legislation would require that notices be posted on food
retailers’ shelves where recalled foods are sold, require that recall
notices are sent directly to grocery store members and loyalty card
users, and ensure that Class 1 recall information is distributed to
Provides Air Quality Funding To Mitigate Greenhouse Gas
USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)
has announced more than $5 million in grants to cut agricultural
atmospheric emissions and develop new mitigation strategies.
“Agricultural producers need the most effective practices and
technologies to prevent or mitigate greenhouse gases or other
contributors to climate change,” says Roger Beachy, USDA chief
scientist and NIFA director. “This research will build effective
mitigation strategies and help farmers and foresters learn and adopt
best management practices that reduce agricultural
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March 24-26, 2010: NSF International and USDA
Co-Host 2010 Food Safety Education Conference in
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March 31 - April 1, 2010: London Swine Conference at
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mission of gaining and expanding access to markets through free trade
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