“It is encouraging to see the U.S. and Korea one step closer to a working free trade agreement that will create jobs and increase the profitability of America’s cattlemen and women. For too long, we have missed opportunities to obtain a competitive advantage in Korea by sitting on the sidelines while our competitors complete deals," says Gregg Doud, chief economist for the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA).
I had the opportunity to listen to Doud speak last Wednesday at the South Dakota Cattlemen's Association's (SDCA) meeting in Aberdeen; he was excited to share news of the record-breaking highs the U.S. beef export market has been enjoying lately. He told producers, "We are smoking-hot in what we are doing with exports right now. It’s the best of times; we have never done better."
Then, last Friday, some groundbreaking news was released on the U.S. and South Korean trade deal that was reached. Here is a list of the reports from that deal.
Last week, I posed the following question for the BEEF Daily readers to respond to: "What are the by-products of a family farm or ranch?"  The list of positives that results in families working the land and caring for the livestock are endless, and I appreciate all of your help in putting together a list that we can be proud to share with others. Those who participated were automatically entered into a random sweepstakes to win a Stanley Dip-It, Drop-It, Dunk-It Spotlight, valued at $59. Congratulations to Freda Carey, who wrote, "Commitment is part of all of the previously mentioned items. Milking, feeding, raising, planting, growing and harvesting mean you will be there from beginning to end, and then some. Weather, sports, family, downtime, mechanical failure or illness can’t be allowed to derail the process of farming."
Freda, please send me your mailing address at [email protected], and I will get your spotlight in the mail right away. Thanks again to all of the readers who shed some light on this fun topic.