January 16, 2018

Pork Exports Support U.S. Hog Herd Expansion

The U.S. swine inventory on December 1, 2017 was 73.2 million head. This was up two percent from a year ago. The breeding herd inventory at 6.1 million head, was up one percent. The supply of market hogs, at just over 67 million head, was up two percent. With the exception of the breeding herd, these numbers are at record highs for this quarter. Purdue University economist Dr. Chris Hurt does not expect the report to have a major impact on profitability…

Hurt – Hog Prices

There has been consistent growth in hog supplies. How sustainable is that growth? Hurt offers his view…

Hurt – Outlook

The U.S. swine industry has added packing capacity in recent years. Jim Robb, who is with the Livestock Marketing Information Center, says that situation supports additional growth…

Robb – Livestock Marketing

Exports have remained strong this past year. Independent market analyst Bob Brown, who is based in Edmond, Oklahoma, says exports will continue to influence the hog trade…

Brown – Exports

The December Quarterly Hogs and Pigs report can be found here. 

Beef Board Member Appointments Announced by Ag Secretary Perdue

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced December 20, the appointment of 27 members to the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board. Twenty-five of the appointees will serve three-year terms. Two appointees will serve the remaining one-year portion of vacant positions.Beef

Bruce T. Jackson, Lockesburg, Ark.

  • J. Kent Bamford, Haxton, Colo.
  • Cliff W. Coddington, Bradenton, Fla.
  • Jared Brackett, Filer, Idaho
  • Phil Perry, Oskaloosa, Kan.
  • Trista Brown Priest, Satanta, Kan.
  • Ryan Miller, Bardstown, Ky.
  • Leon James, Hurdland, Mo.
  • Turk Stovall, Billings, Mont.
  • Katie Cooper, Willow Creek, Mont.
  • Bill Baldwin, Mitchell, Neb.
  • Jim Eschliman, Ericson, Neb.
  • Raymond Erbele, Streeter, N.D.
  • Blayne Arthur, Stillwater, Okla.
  • Jimmy Taylor, Cheyenne, Okla.
  • Dick McElhaney, Hookstown, Pa.
  • Bill Slovek, Philip, S.D.
  • Jackie White Means, Van Horn, Texas
  • Jason Peeler, Floresville, Texas
  • Michael Wayne White, Vernon, Texas
  • Sean P. Jones, Massey, Md., Mid-Atlantic Unit
  • Rob Von Der Lieth, Copperopolis, Calif., Southwest Unit
  • Laurie Bryant, Burke, Va., Importer
  • Rob Williams, Chase, Md., Importer
  • Jeffrey Isenmann, Rochester Hills, Mich., Importer
  • Nicholas Brander, Wilmette, Ill., Importer (1-year term)
  • Steven Hobbs, Larkspur, Colo., Importer (1-year term)

“The Cattlemen’s Beef Board works to build demand for beef by helping to maintain and expand markets through their research, promotion, and information sharing efforts,” said Perdue. “Their work represents all segments of the beef industry and I know that the agricultural sector will be well served by them.”

The Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board is composed of 99 members, all of whom are beef producers or importers of cattle, beef or beef products. The board is authorized by the Beef Promotion and Research Act of 1985.

Since 1966, Congress has authorized the establishment of 22 industry-funded research and promotion boards.  They empower farmers and ranchers to leverage their own resources to develop new markets, strengthen existing markets, and conduct important research and promotion activities. USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Services provides oversight, paid for by industry assessments, which ensures fiscal accountability and program integrity for participating stakeholders.

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The Beef Checkoff Program was established as part of the 1985 Farm Bill. The checkoff assesses $1 per head on the sale of live domestic and imported cattle, in addition to a comparable assessment on imported beef and beef products. States may retain up to 50 cents on the dollar and forward the other 50 cents per head to the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board, which administers the national checkoff program, subject to USDA approval.



Minnesota Milk Producers Association Elects Officers at Conference and Expo


Minnesota Milk’s 2017-2018 board of directors. Back row (left to right): Dave Buck, Garrett Luthens, Pat Lunemann, Rick Smith, Rod Schulze, Bob Dombeck, and Michael White. Front row: Shelly DePestel, Kristine Spadgenske, Marianne Peterson, Cassie Monger, and Tom Sedgeman. Missing: Kindra Carlson and Aaron Vogt.

The Minnesota Milk Producers Association held its 41st annual meeting at Treasure Island Resort and Casino, Red Wing, Minn., in conjunction with the 14th annual Minnesota Milk Dairy Conference and Expo Nov. 28-29, 2017. More than 500 people attended the two-day event.

During the Minnesota Milk annual business meeting, Rod Schulze, Holland, and Aaron Vogt, Sauk Centre, were newly elected to serve a three-year term on the board. Schulze represents District 9, which consists of 15 counties in southwestern Minnesota. Vogt serves as an at-large representative.

Marianne Peterson, Pine City, and Rick Smith, Adams, were both re-elected to their positions representing Districts 2 and 11, respectively. Peterson begins her fourth term representing 14 northeastern counties. Smith begins his third term, representing Fillmore, Houston, Mower, and Winona counties.

New resolutions were presented and passed unanimously by the delegate body regarding the environment, transportation, the Farm Bill and water stewardship.

Also during the board meeting, the board added a fourth committee to increase input from producer and business membership. Minnesota Milk will reorganize in 2018 to hold Education, Events, Policy and Membership Communications committees. If you are interested in serving, please contact a member of the Minnesota Milk board of directors.

Minnesota Milk Producers Association is a membership organization representing grassroots dairy farmers through policy work, education and membership development. Our work is vital to the future of Minnesota’s dairy industry and is directed by a board of dairy farmers elected by their peers. For more information, visit www.mnmilk.org.