Adapting Beef-Pork Exports and $20.5-billion COVID Relief
**Adapting market development programs for U.S. pork, beef and lamb to a COVID-impacted world and meeting the rapidly changing international needs were dominant themes at the U.S. Meat Export Federation Conference last week.
President Dan Halstrom notes U.S. pork exports are on a record pace, while beef exports are trending lower, but poised for a strong finish to the year.
He says while pork exports to China have begun to cool from the unprecedented highs this year, China's demand will remain strong in 2021.
**The Trump administration has paid $20.5 billion to farmers and ranchers in coronavirus relief since the pandemic struck last winter.
According to agriculture.com, USDA data shows Iowa as the leading recipient with a combined $1.9 billion, or more than 9% of the money.
Nebraska ranked second at $1.4 billion, followed by California and Minnesota.
Cattle led all commodities totaling over $6.5 billion, followed by corn at $4.5 billion.
**A newly released Bureau of Labor Statistics annual report for 2019 shows U.S. meat and poultry packers and processors continued their track record of reducing worker injuries, reaching all-time lows.
According to agrimarketing.com, meat industry results improved from both 2018 and 2017 levels, reaching a new, all time industry low of 4.0 cases per 100 full-time workers per year.
Just 10 years ago this number was 9.3, while 1999 was 17.1.