NCBA Opposes Paraguayan Beef Imports and Pork Exports Robust
**The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association opposes the USDA’s decision to allow Paraguayan beef imports starting next month.
NCBA has repeatedly raised concerns over Paraguay’s history of foot-and-mouth disease and the outdated information used to justify Paraguay’s access to the U.S. market.
NCBA is concerned that USDA’s failure to use information from recent site visits in the risk assessment may pose a risk to the safety of the U.S. cattle herd.
**National Farmers Union President Rob Larew supports the final “Transparency in Poultry Grower Contracting and Tournaments” rule from the USDA’s Packers and Stockyards Act.
He says monopolies in agriculture have put the squeeze on farmers and consumers for far too long.
Larew says poultry growers face an especially unfair contracting system that’s opaque and secretive.
This finalized rule will require poultry companies to be more honest in their dealings with growers.
**September U.S. pork exports were slightly lower than a year ago but maintained a robust pace.
USDA data compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation shows pork exports were 1% less than last year, while export value dropped 4%.
For the first three quarters of this year, pork exports rose 9% year-over-year and climbed 7% in value.
Beef exports continued struggling compared to 2022 but showed increasing strength in Western markets.