Audio: Pat Binger of Cargill Protein is New USMEF Chair

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The new chair of the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) is Pat Binger of Wichita, Kan., who leads international meat sales for Cargill Protein North America. Binger succeeds Idaho cattle feeder Cevin Jones, who chaired the organization over the past year.

Raised on a diversified farm in northeastern South Dakota and a graduate of Northern State University, Binger joined Cargill subsidiary Excel Corporation in 1987 and first became deeply involved in international marketing in 1991. He says that while 2021 will be a challenging year for the red meat industry due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19, he is optimistic about the prospects for further export growth.

Binger began his term as USMEF chair at the conclusion of the USMEF Strategic Planning Conference, which was held virtually Nov. 10-13. More details about the conference are available from the USMEF website.

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The U.S. Meat Export Federation ( is the trade association responsible for developing international markets for the U.S. red meat industry. It is funded by USDA; the beef, pork, lamb, corn and soybean checkoff programs, as well as its members representing nine industry sectors: beef/veal producing & feeding, pork producing & feeding, lamb producing & feeding, packing & processing, purveying & trading, oilseeds producing, feedgrains producing, farm organizations and supply & service organizations. USMEF complies with all equal opportunity, non-discrimination and affirmative action measures applicable to it by contract, government rule or regulation or as otherwise provided by law. USMEF is an equal opportunity employer and provider.