Saacke Named WFB's New VP and Russian Threat to Ukraine Wheat

Saacke Named WFB's New VP and Russian Threat to Ukraine Wheat

Bob Larson
Bob Larson
From the Ag Information Network, I’m Bob Larson with your Agribusiness Update.

**The Washington Farm Bureau announced that Ron Saacke will lead the organization as the new Administrative Vice President.

In this role, Saacke will assist new President Rosella Mosby and the state Board of Directors in serving the 46,000 member families of farmers, ranchers and members that support agriculture in Washington state.

Mosby says, she looks forward to Ron’s Farm Bureau wisdom and his fresh perspective.

**Russian military advances are threatening some of the most fertile fields in southern and eastern Ukraine, the country's primary winter wheat growing regions. reports, Ukrainian farmers last year harvested more than 17 million acres of winter wheat, but this year will be lucky to harvest 12 million.

While just 20% of Ukraine is occupied by Russian forces, more than half the country's winter wheat fields are at risk because of their proximity to the fighting.

**U.S. beef exports set new volume and value records in May, according to USDA data compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation.

May beef exports reached 135,006 metric tons, up 1% from the previous high posted in May 2021.

Export VALUE climbed 20% to $1.09 billion, breaking the March 2022 record.

USMEF President Dan Halstrom says these records came despite a slight year-over-year volume decline in the two largest export markets, South Korea and Japan.

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