In case of a shutdown …

Meatingplace, By Lisa M. Keefe on 1/19/2018
USDA employees were spending Friday (as they had much of the previous week) preparing to operate with a skeleton crew, in case Congress didn’t reach agreement on a stopgap spending plan that would p…

The Japanese Beef Market’s Lessons for Trade Policy

Drovers CattleNetwork, Steve Burak, Kathy Baylis, Jonathan Coppess And Qianting Xie, University Of Illinois January 19, 2018
For ten consecutive years, Japan has increased its meat consumption; consumption increased by 3.4% last year over the previous year to produce the highest level of growth in five years. Beef c…

China Pork Output Edged Up in 2017

Farm Journal, Dominique Patton, Reuters January 18, 2018
China’s 2017 pork output rose 0.8 percent from the year before to 53.4 million tonnes, the National Statistics Bureau said on Thursday, increasing supply in the world’s top consumer of the m…