The importance of beef exports

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By John F. Grimes, Ohio State University Extension Beef CoordinatorThe subject of trade seems to be a daily topic in the national and agricultural media in recent weeks. The President appears to be determined to create an environment for “fairer” trade between the U.S. and many of our trading partners. Thus far, negotiations between the U.S. and other countries have yielded few results, tough talk, and the threat of tariffs.Much of the uncertainty surrounding the issue of trade has created a level of anxiety within several U.S. industries. Agriculture is certainly one of those industries. Many agricultural commodities play an important role in our overall trade balance. The beef industry is greatly impacted by exports across the globe.Annual U.S. beef exports have risen significantly over the past decade according to statistical data from the U.S. Meat Export Federation. In 2008, the U.S. exported 984,712 metric tons of beef at a total value $3.619 billion dollars. In 2017, U.S. beef exports were at 1,263,456 metric tons for a total value of $7.269 billion dollars. The top six destinations for U.S. beef exports in 2017 were 1. Japan, $1,890 billion; 2. South Korea, $1,220 billion; 3. Mexico, $980 million; 4. Hong Kong, $884 million; 5. Canada, $796 million; and 6. Taiwan, 410 million.Exports of beef have continued their strong run thus far in 2018. Beef export volume was 111,213 metric tons in April, up 11% year-over-year. Export value was $676.7 million, up 23% and the fourth-highest on record. Through the first four months of 2018, exports were up 10% in volume to 429,286 metric tons. Export value was $2.59 billion, 20% above last year’s record pace.Exports accounted for 14.1% of total beef production in April, up from 13.6% a year ago. Beef export value averaged $328.46 per head of fed slaughter in April, up 16% from a year ago. Through April, per-head export value averaged $318.91, up 17%. To put these figures in perspective, $318.91 on a 1,400-pound market steer equals an added 22.8 cents per pound.The figures listed above should indicate the importance of exports to the beef industry. It certainly would be beneficial to the beef industry and many other agricultural commodities for our U.S. trade negotiators to make some agreements with our key trading partners sooner rather than later. To say a lot is at stake would be an understatement!last_img read more


first_imgA summary of the news in Touch from around Australia and a little bit of New Zealand… * Congratulations to the players recently selected in the Youth World Cup 18 Years Sides. For the lists of those selected, go to the ATA homepage. Also, all stories on the National junior sides can be found using the link `Team profiles’, then going to Junior and choosing the year you want to look at. * New Zealand have an online touch newsletter. The latest edition had some great news on the beginning of their touch season, new appointments to Touch positions throughout New Zealand and other information. Some interesting developments include: The new Touchzone competition for Canterbury, which commences on 23 Oct in Christchurch. This elite competition sees the city divided into zonal teams who will represent their area in an innovative concept to create more elite competition and provide more top level playing opportunities for touch players. Running in Mens and Mixed, the Touchzone format will feature 5 Canterbury franchises and 1 traveling weekly from Southland to take advantage of the higher standard of competition. Touchzone runs until 18 Dec. Touch Tairawhiti is now reincorporated as a provincial member of Touch NZ and is planning for the future. They hope to send at least 2 teams to the Touch Nationals in Christchurch this season. The first edition of Touch World, the official bi annual Touch NZ magazine is now at the printers (delayed to allow a Queensland tour report to be included)and will be out shortly. * Players in the Youth World Cup 20 Years sides and the 18 Years squads are keen to keep up their fitness and skills as the days fly by. Queensland representatives are busy training Friday nights with 20’s Mixed Assistant Coach Karley Banks, in an effort to make sure they’re as ready as possible to take on the best touch players from around the world. * Speaking of Karley Banks…the School Sport Australia Under 12 and Under 15 Years Touch tournament is being held on the Gold Coast this week. Karley has been working hard providing media coverage for the event and is sending stories back to us here at ATA regularly. Keep an eye on the ATA website for all the latest info from the Gold Coast and help support our young touch players! * Queensland Touch Executive Officer Melanie Woosnam will be taking maternity leave from the end of this year, for a 12 month period. The QTA Board have decided to advertise for a replacement during this time. Please find attached an advertisement for the position. QTA Advert for Executive Officer * ATA would like to thank all official sponsors, who assist with the development of our sport. For anyone who is interested in how sponsorship for ATA works, or is interested in becoming an official sponsor of the ATA, please use the `Sponsors’ link on the left hand side of the homepage. Sponsorship is a great opportunity to support touch in Australia, the World’s Number One nation. It is also a great way to help develop the sport amongst our kids further and assist our National representatives to continue their strength in Touch. * Did you know? When you run your cursor over the photos on ATA’s site, there’s often a caption accompanying them, giving a brief description of who/what the picture is. * Touch Victoria have issued their October newsletter. A great read for a wrap up of the Australia Cup and what’s happening in touch throughout Victoria. TOUCH LINES OCTOBER 2004 * The rain played havoc with the preliminary finals of the 2004 Sydney Championships. With swimming or mud wrestling not really what the spectators were wanting to see, the finals will be played next week (barring any repeat of the rain), with the Grand Finals played on November 5th. * The 2004 NSWTA State Cup will be again held in Port Macquarie at the Hibbards Reserve Tuffins Lane from the 3-5 December. For more information please use the links on the NSW Touch Association website. * Remember, all story ideas or media requests can be sent to Rachel Moyle, [email protected]last_img

a month agoEmile Heskey: Eck blocked Leicester return

first_imgEmile Heskey: Eck blocked Leicester returnby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveEmile Heskey has revealed he was blocked from joining Leicester City a second time.Heskey has revealed that Alex McLeish denied him the chance to leave Aston Villa for Leicester City.He told LeicesterLive: “McLeish said I couldn’t go. “He said I couldn’t leave, that they needed me, and then barely played me again.“I wanted to know where I stood and if I wasn’t in anyone’s plans, I would have been going home to Leicester. But to tell me they needed me but then not to play me again, more or less, I didn’t see the logic behind it.“It would have been good to come back, it would have been nice.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

24 days agoWATCH: Barcelona B whiz Alex Collado hits stunning individual goal

first_imgWATCH: Barcelona B whiz Alex Collado hits stunning individual goalby Carlos Volcano24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAlex Collado is pushing for a fresh first team chance at Barcelona.The 20 year-old winger is starring for Barca B and scored a wonder goal on the weekend against Atlético Levante.Collado made his senior debut last season against Celta Vigo and is rated highly by Barca coach Ernesto Valverde.In July of last year he signed a contract until 2021 with a buyout clause of €50m while he is a B player – which will rise to €100m when he is promoted to the first team. About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: Young Boston College Fan Has Some Interesting Dance Moves

first_imgYoung Boston College fan's dance goes viral.Boston College’s women’s basketball team fell 86-68 to No. 9 Florida State yesterday, but the action on the court paled in comparison to the dance moves exhibited by a young BC fan in the stands. Check out the determination on his face:This kid deserves a lot of props. His boys are cracking up at first but he shows no insecurity or shyness. He’s just trying to break it down, and he even gets the kid in the orange shirt to join in at the end.There’s only one thing left for this young man to do. He must battle dancing UVA girl for ACC supremacy. Someone has to make this happen.last_img read more

The Latest French minister Brexit advocates lied to voters

first_imgLONDON — The Latest on the Brexit negotiations (all times local):9:15 a.m.France’s finance minister is calling some British politicians “liars” who fooled voters into thinking leaving the EU would be easy and in their interests.As British Prime Minister Theresa May battles to save her Brexit plan amid domestic criticism, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said Friday “the truth is that Brexit could end with a nightmare.”Le Maire defended the European Union’s single market, calling it a “considerable force” in global trade and warning that Britain could face “economic disaster” if it leaves.French President Emmanuel Macron’s government is among the strongest defenders of the EU and is trying to limit the damage to the bloc from Britain’s exit and ensure that Brexit doesn’t encourage other EU members to leave.Le Maire was speaking to a conference in Paris on reforming the global trade system.___8:40 a.m.British Prime Minister Theresa May is appealing directly to voters to back her Brexit plan, as she waits to see whether rivals within her party have gained enough support to launch a leadership challenge.May was answering questions from callers on a radio phone-in Friday, the day after she vowed to stay in office and see through Britain’s exit from the European Union.May is battling to save her Brexit plan, and her job, after the draft withdrawal agreement between Britain and the EU sparked fierce opposition from euroskeptic politicians in her Conservative Party.Several Conservative lawmakers are pushing for a no-confidence vote, hoping to reach a threshold of 48 to trigger a challenge.Two ministers quit May’s government on Thursday. A third, Environment Secretary Michael Gove, is considering whether to follow them.The Associated Presslast_img read more

BJP imported Hans as it thinks no one in North West Delhi

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister and AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal Saturday said the BJP has “imported” singer Hans Raj Hans from Punjab as it thought that no backward class member from North West Delhi is “eligible” to contest the Lok Sabha polls. Addressing his supporters during a roadshow in Bawana, he asked if the people will go to Punjab for redressal of their problems. “By importing the singer Hans Raj Hans from Punjab, the BJP is telling the people of North West Delhi that no backward class member is eligible to contest the elections from this area.” Kejriwal said. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehicles The Aam Aadmi Party has fielded Gugan Singh from North West Delhi, the Lok Sabha seat reserved for Scheduled Castes. The Congress’ candidate from the seat is Rajesh Lilothia. “He (Gugan Singh) is fighting for the people of North West Delhi. Elect him to make him stronger,” Kejriwal told the people as his caravan passed through the sea of supporters in Bawana. This was Kejriwal’s fourth roadshow in the national capital. On Wednesday, he carried out a roadshow in Chandni Chowk along with party candidate Pankaj Gupta. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: Javadekar On Thursday, he led East Delhi candidate Atishi’s roadshow and on Friday, he participated in North East Delhi Dilip Pandey’s roadshow. His roadshows are part of the party’s third phase of campaigning, which started Tuesday and will continue till May 10. Delhi goes to polls in the sixth phase of the Lok Sabha elections on May 12 and the campaigning will end on May 10. The AAP has already carried out campaigning in two phases. The first phase was from March 10 to April 7 and the second phase from April 10 to April 25. In the first phase, campaigning was carried through jansabhas, while in the second phase door to door campaigning was done.last_img read more

What Happened To All Those Absurd NBA Stat Lines

More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Embed Code By Neil Paine, Chris Herring and Kyle Wagner Welcome to The Lab, FiveThirtyEight’s basketball podcast. On this week’s show (Jan. 4, 2018), Neil, Chris and Kyle discuss Isaiah Thomas’s debut with the Cleveland Cavaliers after recovering from a hip injury he sustained last season. Next, DeMar DeRozan of the Toronto Raptors is putting up ridiculous numbers this season — but he’s one of the only ones. After a 2016-17 season that saw blowout wins and notable individual performances, this season is off to a much less explosive start. What happened to those absurd stat lines? We investigate. Plus, a small-sample-size segment on Andre Drummond.Here are links to what was discussed this week:Keep an eye on our 2017-18 NBA predictions, updated after every game.Deadspin’s Lauren Theisen noted that it seems DeMar DeRozan can shoot threes now.Last year, Neil took a look at the league’s crazy stat lines. read more

Mens lacrosse Buckeyes offense explodes in win over Furman 126

Coach Nick Myers instructs the Ohio State Buckeyes on the sideline during a timeout against Furman on Feb. 5. OSU won 12-6. Credit: Gene Ross | Senior Lantern reporterThe Ohio State men’s lacrosse team thoroughly handled the Furman Paladins on Sunday afternoon at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, 12-6.The 17th-ranked Buckeyes allowed the first goal from Furman sophomore midfielder Will Holcomb, but scored seven of the next eight goals for a comfortable lead heading into halftime.Senior midfielder Johnny Pearson led OSU’s offensive surge with four goals. Pearson said that due to the offense and defense playing well, it opened up many opportunities to score.“If everyone contributes at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter who scores as long as everyone contributes,” said Pearson.Freshman midfielder Tre LeClaire broke the silence for OSU late in the first period and tied the game, 1-1. LeClaire finished his first career game with two goals. LeClaire accredited the veterans on the team for help preparing him for his first game.“At the start, there were a lot of nerves going into it, but my teammates helped me out and said, ‘just play your game,’ LeClaire said. “We had run a great offense out there and luckily I caught it and shot it in the net.”Senior midfielder J.T. Blubaugh followed LeClaire with an unassisted goal with 2:57 remaining in the first quarter. From there on, the Buckeyes took control of the game, scoring five times in the second quarter. Pearson was credited with three of those.A point of emphasis for the Buckeyes had been working on their ground balls and positioning. The Buckeyes led the Paladins 27 to 23 in ground balls.“I think at the end of the day there was pretty good balance and we still have things to clean up on both sides of the ball,” OSU coach Nick Myers said.Furman made a change at goalie in the second quarter after OSU’s seventh goal, but that did little to slow down the Buckeye offense.OSU added five more goals against the backup while redshirt senior netminder Tom Cary saved 11 shots and allowed six goals.The Buckeyes (1-0) will host the Detroit Mercy Titans on Feb. 11 at noon. read more

Rugby players training for beach tournament next weekend

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp International Rugby Action this weekend – Bahamas vs TCI Bahamas takes out TCI in Rugby on the weekend Recommended for youcenter_img Related Items:bcw wahoos, beach tournament, meridian field, rugby, seven stars tag league Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 29 Oct 2015 – Turks and Caicos Rugby Federation players are in training mode as they prepare for their Beach Rugby Tournament on November 7. Tonight at the Meridian Field, there is training for the u19s and from 6:30-8:30pm fans can enjoy tag rugby. Next time we will have a recap of the Seven Stars Tag League, where the top four teams were: BCB Wahoos and the Meridian Marauders with 13pts each and the BCQS Jolly Ranchers andRed Mist, each with 9pts after last week’s action. last_img read more