U.S. beef exports set new records in August with export value topping $750 million for the first time, according to data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). August pork exports were fairly steady with last year’s volume, but retaliatory duties in key markets continued to pressure pork export value.
WATCH: Ranchers took to Main Street in Bozeman this past weekend to share agriculture's story ahead of the viewing of a vegan documentary and discussion panel on the MadisonFood Park. Ranchers were disappointed that they were unable to be apart of the discussion panel on the processing facility. Organizers of the event explained that they felt threated by the ranching community on social media in regards to the event. Watch the above clip for more on this story.
Montana Farmers Union (MFU) members spent this past week in Washington D.C. for the National Farmers Union Fly-In. Farmers took to Capitol Hill to advocate for multiple issues including the Farm Bill, rural health care and to talk trade. 350 Farmers Union members from across the nation attended this year’s event. Sharing first hand their experiences and hardships in rural America.
President Donald Trump has announced that the U.S. and Mexico have come to an agreement in the years-long renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement. Early this morning the President Tweeted “A big deal looking good with Mexico!”
Agriculture groups and elected officials from rural communities are coming out strong in support of the Endangered Species Act Amendments of 2018. The bill, sponsored by Wyoming U.S. Senator John Barrasso, would give more power to state and local governments to make a decision based on their areas unique landscapes, individual needs, and conditions on the ground. Barrasso who chairs the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, held a hearing on the bill this week and believes reforms must take place for species to recover and be taken off the list entirely.
U.S. lamb has regained access to Japan after a 15-year hiatus.
At the Montana Stockgrowers Convention, there was good news for stockmen who lost cattle due to the past hard winter.