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Total beef exports were up 16.8 percent year over year in July contributing to a year-to-date increase of 15 percent for the first seven months of the year. Japan, the largest beef export market, had a monthly increase of 12.9 percent and is up 7.5 percent for the year to date.

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Missouri became the first state ever to pass regulations regarding “fake meat” labeling in May when then Gov. Eric Greitens signed it into law on June 1, his last day in office.

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U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue recently announced details of actions the USDA will take to assist farmers in response to trade damage from unjustified retaliation by foreign nations.

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The USDA is announcing an atypical case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), a neurologic disease of cattle, in a 6-year-old mixed-breed beef cow in Florida. This animal never entered slaughter channels and at no time presented a risk to the food supply, or to human health in the U.S.

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Since the early 20th century, the FFA (formerly Future Farmers of America) and 4-H organizations have provided agriculture education, development opportunities and scholarship to America’s youth.

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For American farmers and ranchers, international trade is a somewhat silent partner in the agriculture industry. Large amounts of American agriculture products leave U.S. borders for foreign ports and help to feed the world.

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