The US Meat Export Federation (USMEF) has elected three new sector representatives to its committee.
Each of the representatives has been elected for a three-year term and will cover one of each of the beef/veal producing and feeding sectors, the packing/processing sector and the purveying/trading sector.
The new representatives include Mark Boyd, director of export sales for Porky Products. Boyd will represent the purveying and trading sector.
Representing the packing and processing sector is Mark Gustafson, vice-president of international sales for JBS USA.
Additionally Kevin Kester, who is a fifth-generation rancher from Parkfield, California, will represent the beef- and veal-producing and feeding sector.
However, USMEF explained that five at-large seats still remained to be filled, which includes one advisory seat on the executive committee.
USMEF president and CEO Philip Seng said: “USMEF is fortunate to have so many outstanding candidates willing to serve, and these three new sector representatives bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the executive committee.”
There are currently nine industry sectors represented by 21 USMEF committee members, which consists of: the beef- and veal-producing and feeding sector; the pork-producing and feeding sector; the lamb-producing and feeding sector; the packing and processing sector; the purveying and trading sector; the oilseeds producing sector; the feedgrains-producing sector; farm organisations and supply; and service organisations.
USMEF is a nonprofit trade association that works to create and develop new opportunities in the existing international markets for US beef, pork, lamb and veal.
Of the current US meat and meat export market Seng said: “We are definitely in a challenging economic environment, which is making it difficult to match last year’s export volumes. But our products continue to command an excellent price in the international markets and provide substantial returns to U.S. producers, which is critically important at a time when they face extremely high production costs.”