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USMEF in the News

Published: May 17, 2023

Rural Radio Network Coverage of USMEF Spring Conference in Minneapolis 

Susan Littlefield, farm director for the Nebraska-based Rural Radio Network, provides extensive coverage of the USMEF Spring Conference, sponsored by the Nebraska Corn Board. 

Littlefield’s coverage includes interviews with USMEF officers and staff members and Nebraska ag leaders participating in the conference. She also sits down with guest speakers Collin Peterson and Kenneth Smith Ramos, to discuss issues impacting development of the next Farm Bill and the current state of U.S.-Mexico trade relations. 

Hear the interviews and see Rural Radio Network’s full coverage here.

AgNet Weekly Podcast Features USMEF Guest Speaker Kenneth Smith Ramos 

From the USMEF Spring Conference in Minneapolis, guest speaker Kenneth Smith Ramos joins AgNet Weekly reporter Sabrina Halvorson for an in-depth podcast on issues impacting U.S.-Mexico trade relations. He explains the remarkable growth in agricultural trade between the U.S. and Mexico, and how free trade has bolstered food security in the region. But Smith cautions that several contentious issues have surfaced that could disrupt this critical trade relationship. 

Listen to the podcast here.

Erin Borror Explains Exporters’ Concerns about California Prop 12 on AgriTalk 

USMEF Vice President of Economic Analysis Erin Borror joins AgriTalk host Chip Flory for a discussion of California’s Proposition 12, which imposes specific swine production requirements for pork products sold in California. Borror explains that pork that is not Prop 12 compliant can pass through California en route to international markets, but exporters are concerned about documentation requirements, inspections and other logistical details. 

Listen to the segment here.

AgriTalk Segment Focuses on Opportunities for U.S. Red Meat in Africa 

USMEF President and CEO Dan Halstrom and USMEF Africa Representative Matt Copeland join AgriTalk host Chip Flory to discuss potential opportunities to expand U.S. red meat exports to Africa. To date, shipments to Africa have been mostly beef variety meat, but Halstrom and Copeland explain that beef and pork muscle cuts and pork variety meat can also play a role in meeting the African continent’s need for affordable protein. 

Listen to the segment here.

Agriculture of America: Opportunities for U.S. Pork Market Share Gains, Beef Export Outlook 

On Agriculture of America, USMEF Vice President of Economic Analysis Erin Borror joins guest host Mike Adams to discuss the current outlook for U.S. pork and beef exports. Borror details the severe production challenges faced by the European pork industry and where this opens the door for U.S. market share gains. She also explains the impact of tightening U.S. beef supplies and how beef exports are critically important to the U.S. industry’s herd rebuilding efforts. 

Listen to the segment here.

Dan Halstrom Details Value of Red Meat Exports to Minnesota Corn Producers on Red River Farm Network 

In a Red River Farm Network segment sponsored by the Minnesota Corn Growers Association, USMEF President and CEO Dan Halstrom discusses the value red meat exports deliver for Minnesota corn producers by bolstering the U.S. livestock sector’s demand for corn and DDGS. 

Listen to the segment here and find more details in this handout.