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Audio with newly-elected USMEF chair

Published: Nov 07, 2008

(Audio with Jon Caspers, newly-elected chairman of the USMEF board of directors)

As Iowa pork producer Jon Caspers begins his term as chairman of the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) board of directors, he is focused on improving communications with the wide range of agricultural producers and industry sectors that make up the most vertically integrated trade association representing the meat and livestock industry in the United States.

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Audio Clip #1:              :25        Outcue: “…comes from them.”

Caspers, who operates a 13,000 head-per-year nursery-to-finish hog operation in Swaledale, Iowa, originally became involved with USMEF through his leadership roles in the Iowa Pork Producers Association (IPPA) and the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC). He also serves on the USDA/USTR Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee for Trade (APAC).  While much of Caspers’ personal focus has been directed at pork exports, he recognizes the diverse constituency that is served by USMEF.  

Audio Clip #2:              :37        Outcue: “… in the beef market.”

Caspers says U.S. agriculture must continue to recognize the benefits of trade because it represents such a key component of the agricultural industry and the national economy.

Audio Clip #3:              :20        Outcue: “… all across the globe.”

USMEF officer elections took place at the USMEF Strategic Planning Conference, which concluded Nov. 5 in Tucson, Ariz. For news and reports from the conference, please visit

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The U.S. Meat Export Federation ( is the trade association responsible for developing international markets for the U.S. red meat industry and is funded by USDA, exporting companies, and the beef, pork, corn and soybean checkoff programs.