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                      March 11, 2021   Volume 27   No. 3

                          STRONG DEMAND                                                  LOCAL MEAT PROCESSING

         Despite pandemic disrup- that will continue in 2021 and              On  Tuesday, February 23,
      tions, consumer demand for beef  beyond, especially as foodservice  Congresswoman Chellie Pingree
      at home and around the globe  operations begin to fully reopen.  (D-Maine) and Congressman Jeff
      remained strong in 2020, a trend  The strong demand, combined  Fortenberry (R-Neb.), joined by
                                             with expected higher cattle  Senators John  Thune (R-S.D.),
                                             prices, signal an optimistic  Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) introduced
                                             future  for  the  beef  indus- bipartisan, bicameral legislation
                                             try, according to CattleFax,  to support small meat and poul-
                                             which presented an outlook  try processors.
                                             session during the virtual       The Strengthening Local Pro-
                                             2021 Cattle Industry Con- cessing Act will increase options      legislation is also cosponsored
                                             vention  Winter Reboot on  for local livestock and poultry       by  Rep.  Ann  McLane  Kuster
                                             Feb. 24.                       producers and assist smaller      (D-N.H.) and Senators Susan
                                                      continued on page 10 facilities as  they adapt to the   Collins (R-Maine),  Angus King
                                                                            COVID-19 pandemic and expand                    continued on page 14
            BEEF REMAINS CONSUMER FAVORITE                                  to meet consumer demand. The
         Consumers who prefer beef                                          BLM RESCINDS HAMMOND’S GRAZING PERMITS
      over plant-based protein alter-                                                                 By Greg Henderson
      natives  said  they  are  willing
      to pay nearly two dollars more                                          The 10-year grazing permits
      per meal for a burger when din-                                       for Hammond Ranches Inc. on
      ing at a restaurant, according                                        Oregon Bureau of Land Manage-
      to a recent study from Kansas                                         ment range were rescinded last
      State University.  The nation-                                        week by officials at the U.S. Inte-
      wide  study  involved  more  than   economist Jayson Lusk.            rior Department. The maneuver
      3,000 consumers that represent-       Nearly 70% of respondents       is the latest in a long-running
      ed the population of the country   identified themselves as regu-     feud between Dwight Hammond,
      and was conducted by K-State       lar meat consumers, while the      Jr., and Steve Hammond with          Revocation of the permits also
      agricultural  economists  Glynn    remainder identified with such     the Interior Department and the  came just days before cattle were
      Tonsor and  Ted Schroeder and                                         BLM, after they were convicted  expected to be turned out on the
      Purdue University agricultural                  continued on page 10  of setting fire to public lands.                continued on page 14


                       By Derrell Peel - Oklahoma State University                                 CONFERENCE
                                                                                                      By Gene Johnston
         U.S. beef exports totaled 2,566.7  exports down over 30 percent
                                                                              Unusual times re-
      million pounds in 2020, down 2.3  year over year in May and June.     quire unusual solu-                          1. Good news on
      percent from the previous year  However, exports recovered by         tions.  That  was the                           Every category of
      but still the third largest annual  year-end with combined Novem-     reasoning for NCBA’s                         cattle prices – cow/
      beef export total.    The COVID- ber and December beef exports        2021  virtual Cattle                         calf, stocker, feedlot
      19 pandemic caused sharp dis- up  12.6  percent  year  over  year.    Industry Convention,                         – should be better in
      ruptions in beef exports at times  Figure 1 shows the shares of U.S.   called Winter  Reboot,                      2021 compared with
      during the year with monthly  beef exports in 2020.                   that included two days                       last year. Much of
                                            Japan is the largest market for
                                         U.S. beef, increasing by 3.7 per-  of online speakers de-                       that is attributable to
                                                                            livering industry updates  and  an expected improvement in the
                                         cent in 2020, to the second high-  management tips. Here are five
                                         est  level  ever,  after declining  in   take-home points.                         continued on page 12
                                         2019 from the 2018 all-time peak.
                                         South Korea has been the fastest
                                         growing beef market in recent                                     Coming Sales-38
                                         years in terms of total volume                                    Life is Simple-5
                                         and has been the second largest
                                         beef export market since 2016.                                    Market Report-8
                                         Beef exports to South Korea de-                                   Agribusiness
                                         creased by 2.1 percent in 2020                                    Directory-36
                                         from the 2019 peak.  Japan and

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