USMEF recently provided an update on current international market conditions for U.S. red meat at a meeting hosted by the Kansas Department of Agriculture. The June 29 meeting was attended by several Kansas-based USMEF member organizations, including the Kansas Beef Council, Kansas Corn Commission, Kansas Department of Agriculture, Kansas Farm Bureau, Kansas Pork Association, Kansas Soybean Commission and Merck Animal Health.
The Kansas Department of Agriculture is working with USMEF and commodity organizations throughout Kansas to enhance international programs and services that will assist farmers, ranchers and agribusinesses market their products around the globe. Several proposed projects designed to increase exports from the state were discussed at the June 29 meeting.
According to USDA statistics, Kansas agriculture exports increased from $2.3 billion in 2010 to more than $4.1 billion in 2014. Mexico and Japan remain the state’s top two customers, taking more than 37 percent of Kansas’ total agricultural exports.