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U.S. Meat Export Federation

Livestock is an important corn customer. In fact, we have it on good authority that livestock loves corn! So to return the sentiment, the Iowa Corn Promotion Board and the Iowa Corn Growers Association provides financial and in-kind support to many livestock initiatives such as the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF).

USMEF is a nonprofit trade association working to create new opportunities and develop existing international markets for U.S. beef, pork, lamb and veal. Through its worldwide network of offices, USMEF has forged a series of partnerships that have enabled U.S. companies and products to become integral parts of international red meat markets.

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Fast Facts

  • Each year, it is estimated that over 550 million bushels of corn are indirectly exported through pork and beef exports.
  • Each dollar invested in USMEF's export programs generated median net returns of $3.87 and $7.42 for the beef and pork industries, respectively.
  • In 2017, the U.S. exported 1.263 million metric tons of beef (a 6% increase over 2016) at a value of $7.269 billion (a new record for beef exports)
  • In 2017, the U.S. exported 2.449 million metric tons of pork (a new record for pork exports) at a value of $6.486 billion (a 6% increase over 2016.
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