Binger begins term as new USMEF Chair

IARN — The US Meat Export Federation has a new chair.

Pat Binger of Wichita, Kansas succeeds Idaho cattle feeder Cevin Jones as chair of USMEF. Binger leads international meat sales for Cargill Protein North America, and says he’s excited about this new role for the year ahead. Read more

Quality pork at your neighborhood convenience store?

IARN — Times have certainly changed, have they not? I am only forty years old, and the retail landscape has undergone a renaissance in the past twenty years. I worked my way through high school and a little of college in grocery stores. I worked them in small rural towns and in big metropolitan areas. The one thing they always had in common was that they were the place to go to get the groceries you needed. Read more

Trade expert calls Ag sector “resilient” during pandemic

IARN — A trade expert is praising the Ag sector’s ability to find ways to thrive during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Despite the pandemic, US ag exports have generated more than $270 billion for the US economy since 2019. Lynn Sandlin, business intelligence manager with Syngenta, says the agriculture industry has shown it is resilient under any circumstances. Read more

U.S. looking for trade action against fresh produce imports

IARN — Fresh produce coming into the United States is getting increasing scrutiny from the Trump Administration. Imported strawberries are now on the list of imported items that the administration wants to be investigated for possibly harming U.S. fruit and vegetable growers. Strawberry imports, mainly from Mexico, represent about 16 percent of the U.S. market, valued at approximately $2.5 billion every year. If the investigation proceeds, any potential trade action could result in higher strawberry prices in the U.S. market. Read more