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Mexico Opens for U.S. Bison Meat Exports

Mexico Opens for U.S. Bison Meat Exports

Dave Carter, 303.594.4420 – dcarter@bisonentral.com
 
May 18, 2020
 
Westminster, CO (May 18, 2020) – The National Bison Association welcomed the news on Friday that the Government of Mexico has formally opened its doors to import U.S. – produced bison meat into that country.
 
The move formally opens the doors to a new market for U.S. bison meat.
 
“This is a very positive development for the bison business,” said Dave Carter, executive director of the National Bison Association. “The Mexican marketplace offers a growth opportunity for our business. Additionally, many consumers in Mexico tend to favor cuts of meat that are not in high demand by U.S. customers, so this can help our marketers balance carcass utilization.”
 
At the request of the National Bison Association, USDA Foreign Agricultural Service formally petitioned Mexico in 2018 to open their market to U.S. bison meat. That request led to extensive discussions between agricultural officials in the two countries over the protocols and procedures that would be required from exporters. Last week, Mexico formally agreed to the protocols recommended by USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).
 
USDA FAS formally notified the National Bison Association Friday that Mexico had agreed to the latest procedures proposed by FSIS. 
 
Carter noted, “Several people at USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service have worked extremely hard over the past two years to push this process along on behalf of U.S. bison ranchers and marketers. We appreciate their efforts to secure this new market opportunity.”.
 
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Eight Senators Urge USDA Assistance for Bison Ranchers

Eight Senators Urge USDA Assistance for Bison Ranchers

May 15, 2020

WESTMINSTER, CO (May 15, 2020) – A bipartisan group of eight U.S. Senators, led by U.S. Sens. Tina Smith (D-MN) and Mike Rounds (R-SD), yesterday urged U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Purdue to assure that bison producers will be included in the agricultural assistance package that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is developing under the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

“Bison producers across the country have felt the economic impact of the COVID 19 pandemic,” the Senators wrote in a letter sent to USDA Thursday. “As you consider how to assign specific payment amounts to livestock producers, we urge you to assist our nation’s bison producers in a fair and reasonable manner as their traditional markets continue to close.”

Dave Carter, executive director of the National Bison Association, welcomed the support of the eight Senators as “an important step to keep the needs of bison producers on the table as USDA finalizes the details in the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program.”

“Because we are a relatively small segment of agriculture, our producers often get overlooked. Yet, bison ranchers, processors and marketers are all experiencing the same disruption as our neighbors in other sectors of the livestock business. We appreciate the eight Senators for weighing in to make sure the bison sector is included.”

Sen. Rounds said, “South Dakota is the leading state in bison production. Like every other sector of our economy, our bison producers are hurting from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Our legislation will make certain they are eligible for much-needed assistance,” said Rounds.

Sen. Smith added, “The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted bison producers of all sizes. Now that they’ve been hit with significant hardships and lost large swaths of their markets, we need to make sure resources are available so we can help large and small producers alike.”

While Secretary Perdue has announced that USDA will offer $16 billion in assistance to crop and livestock producers, the details of that aid package are still being developed.

In addition to Smith and Rounds, the letter was signed by U.S. Sens. John Barrasso (R-WY), Mike Enzi (R-WY), John Thune (R-SD), Michael Bennet (D-CO), John Tester (D-MT), and Kevin Cramer (R-ND).

In late April, North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring also sent a letter to the Secretary urging specific assistance for the nation’s bison producers.  

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