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After months of steady increases, the prices consumers pay for their groceries dropped in July. The monthly Consumer Price Index says that was the first decline in the price of food since April of 2019.

However, the decrease was less than half a percent and Americans are still paying more for food than they did in 2019. Prices in the last 12 months have risen 4.1 percent. COVID-19 forcing Americans to stay at home and cook more of their meals has driven up demand and prices at supermarkets.

Prices for food that Americans typically eat at home is up almost five percent over the past year. The Detroit Free Press says meat, poultry, eggs, dairy products, and cereals showed some of the sharpest increases seen in decades through April, May, and June. However, prices for those same products fell 3.8 percent in July. Beef prices dropped the most in July at 8.2 percent.

Back in April, beef prices had soared over 10 percent, with cuts like beef roasts increasing 20 percent. While prices for specific cuts dropped in July, those prices are still 14 percent higher than last year. Dairy prices dropped 0.8 percent in July, the second-straight month of a decline.

This week, National Pork Board CEO Bill Even shares how the Pork Checkoff is working to support America’s pig farmers in the month of August 

  1. Ensure Your Voice is Heard – The National Pork Board’s new annual planning process is underway. Register to receive the annual producer survey and give input on your Pork Checkoff.
  2. Keeping an Eye on African Swine Fever – The Pork Checkoff is meeting with organizations to gather learnings from COVID-19 that can be used to better prepare the industry for a foreign animal disease outbreak.
  3. Pork Takes Center Plate at World Food Championships – The National Pork Board is a sponsor of the World Food Championships in Indianapolis. Chef Jim Murray will judge the first round this weekend.
  4. New Breakfast Burritos Coming to a Menu Near You – The Checkoff partnered with Ladson Grills and Laredo Taco Company on new breakfast burrito promotions in response to the decline of breakfast foodservice sales due to COVID-19.
  5. Make Sure Your Farm Security is Ready – Action groups opposed to animal agriculture are finding new ways to infiltrate farms. A newsletter with recommendations for what you can do to protect your farm will soon be in your mailbox.

From school nutrition programs and the food we serve our nation’s service members, to the advice dieticians and physicians provide, as the cornerstone for all federal nutrition policy and guidance, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGAs) impacts a large majority of consumers’ eating habits and food purchasing decisions whether they realize it or not.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and Department of Health and Human Services are currently in the last stages of developing the 2020-2025 DGAs. On August 11, 2020, I will be delivering oral comments on behalf of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), to share my perspective on the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s (DGAC) Scientific Report. As a sixth generation rancher, I’m proud of our industry’s commitment to producing a safe, affordable and nutritious protein and am excited to participate in this process because I firmly believe beef producers must lead the charge in helping consumers understand how beef can support healthier diets.

Beef provides essential nutrients identified by the DGAC as critical for health across all life’s ages and stages. Eating high-quality, complete protein foods like beef is an integral way to support metabolic health, whether you are looking to maintain your current healthy lifestyle or make improvements to your overall health. Research shows that beef can support weight loss and maintenance by boosting metabolism, controlling/curbing appetite and helping the body retain muscle while losing fat. I can speak to this firsthand because beef is my favorite health food.

After 25 years of struggling with my weight, two years ago I began my own journey to better health. Through small life changes, regular exercise, and a healthy diet, I’ve lost more than 125 pounds and built a successful business that empowers others to do the same. Beef delivers big nutrition in a small, calorie-conscious package, and it played a vital role in my own success.

The DGAs encourage consumers to take control of their diets and health. They also provide an important opportunity to educate them about the wide variety of food items that have been overlooked in the past. Today, thanks to the work of the entire beef supply chain, more than 60 percent beef cuts sold at retail are classified as lean. By naming specific cuts like sirloin steak, top round roast and 95% lean ground beef, and encouraging people to look for “loin” and “round” in the name of lean cuts, government guidelines have the ability to help consumers make good choices about their diet and clear up years of confusion in the marketplace.

Americans deserve clear, science-driven research and information that leads them to a healthier lifestyle. The science supports beef’s role in a healthy, balanced diet, and so should the 2020-2025 DGAs.  Consumers love eating beef, and it can support their journey toward a healthier diet. I believe the newest iteration of Dietary Guidelines should clearly recognize the benefits of beef and help spell out that fact that lean beef can and should be included as a healthy part of American diets.

These steps are still within reach for the beef industry, but time is running out and we need cattlemen and cattlewomen to engage in the conversation. The written public comment period on the DGAC’s Scientific Report ends on August 13, 2020 and NCBA is calling on beef producers to submit their comments for consideration. Offering your feedback is easy, simply click here to ensure your voice is heard and the benefits of beef are reinforced in the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

To learn more about Kiah’s health journey visit: www.coachkiah.com

A new analysis identifies 27 countries that are on the frontline of impending COVID-19-driven food crises, as the pandemic’s effects aggravate pre-existing drivers of hunger.

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization and World Food Program report that no world region is immune. The joint analysis by FAO and WFP warns these “hotspot countries” are at high risk of, and in some cases are already seeing, significant food security deteriorations in the coming months, including rising numbers of people pushed into hunger.

These countries were already grappling with high levels of food insecurity and hunger even before COVID-19, due to pre-existing shocks and stressors such as economic crises, instability and insecurity, climate extremes, and plant pests and animal diseases.

The report says the pandemic may contribute to political instability as well as fueling conflict. In a bid to counter these trends, FAO released a revised appeal for $428.5 million under the UN system’s Global Humanitarian Response Plan for COVID-19. The funds address the mounting needs in the food and agriculture sector.

This week NCBA thanked the members of the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) for recognizing beef’s role in a healthy lifestyle, including the essential role of beef’s nutrients at every life stage. The DGAC released recommendations to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for the 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGAs), the cornerstone of all federal nutrition policy
The beef community has made it a priority to protect the scientific credibility of Dietary Guidelines and promote accurate information about the nutritional advantages of beef as part of a balanced diet. NCBA, in its roles as both a contractor to the Beef Checkoff and as a member-driven policy association, submitted 21 sets of written comments, provided oral comments, and attended public meetings to ensure beef’s role in a healthy diet is recognized.

“Cattle and beef producers appreciate the evidence-based recommendations of the DGAC. We believe beef is a wholesome, nutritious food that plays an important role in a healthy diet and we are supportive of many of the committee’s findings,” said NCBA CEO Colin Woodall. “NCBA and its members have made this work a priority for more than two years, and we’re pleased that the report reinforces the strong science which supports beef’s nutritional value in a healthy diet.”

Woodall noted that the recommendations shared in the report mirror many of the recommendations related to red meat which were included in the 2015-2020 DGAs. In fact, the amount of meat recommended for healthy diets in the current report is the same as the 2015 DGAs. He also pointed to current DGAC report findings that suggest many Americans would benefit from getting more nutrients like protein, iron and choline, which are readily available in beef.

“This report also demonstrates that women of child-bearing age, adolescent boys and girls and older Americans are especially vulnerable to not getting enough of the nutrients found in beef, which further demonstrates beef’s valuable role in the diet,” said Woodall.

While the DGAC report is influential in the development of the 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, Secretaries Perdue and Azar are now tasked with reviewing the DGAC recommendations before finalizing the 2020 Guidelines. The public comment period for the report is open now until Aug. 13, 2020. NCBA will be calling on its producer members to provide comments and looks forward to continued engagement as the Secretaries of USDA and HHS work to finalize the guidelines.

MANHATTAN, Kan. — Imagine that you’re a bite of food that’s consumed and travels all the way through the body.

That’s what children across Kansas do when they physically walk through a tubular structure called the Body Venture Exhibit. It’s an experiential way for children to learn about the food they eat and the implications for their health.

Now, K-State Research and Extension through its SNAP-Ed program, will be part of supporting the Body Venture Exhibit, thanks to a $96,648 federal grant awarded recently to the Kansas Department of Education.

The exhibit, which travels to as many as 100 schools a year, is a fun way for children to learn and targets those with greater than 50% free or reduced-price lunch eligible students, according to Kansas SNAP-Ed coordinator Lisa Ross. Kansas SNAP-Ed supports low income Kansans in making healthy choices through nutrition and physical activity.

The new collaboration means Kansas SNAP-Ed nutrition education will be incorporated into the Body Venture Exhibit. K-State Research and Extension agents across the state will help in recruiting volunteers to set up the exhibit at schools, give presentations and assist teachers with educational activities.

“The partnership between the Kansas Department of Education, K-State Research and Extension and Kansas Farm Bureau is a natural fit,” Ross said, “given that all are deeply involved in teaching about agriculture and food production, proper nutrition and healthy food choices.”

The funding will support the Body Venture Exhibit for two years. It was part of $12.1 million in the Farm to School Grant program awarded to universities and organizations throughout the country by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which are expected to reach nearly 21 million students in 47,000 schools. Two other Kansas organizations, the Fresh Farm HQ Cooperative Association and the Kansas Rural Center, also received funding for projects.

Ever wonder how you could bring the dinner table to the farm?

Josh Kilmer-Purcell & Dr. Brent Ridge decided  that during this time of isolation, folks want to be able to be outside, enjoying company of friends while supporting local restaurants.    In a few short weeks they came up with a plan.  Josh & Brent explain how this concept could take place all around the world!  

The Department of Agriculture Wednesday posted the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s final scientific report. The report will inform USDA and the Department of Health and Human Services as they co-develop the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

The guidelines will provide recommendations on what to eat and drink to promote health and prevent chronic disease. Moving into the next stage of development of the guidelines, USDA and HHS will leverage the scientific advice in the committee’s report, as well as comments from the public and other federal agencies to develop the upcoming edition of the dietary guidelines.

The departments plan to publish the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines by the end of December 2020. USDA and HHS are accepting written public comments on the committee’s final report through August 13, 2020. The public will also have an opportunity to provide oral comments on the scientific report to the departments at a public meeting on August 11, 2020.