Ag News: U.S. Beef to Taiwan
**U.S. beef exports to Taiwan are hitting new heights.
U.S. Meat Export Federation’s Joel Haggard says in the first three quarters of 2018, export value to Taiwan had nearly matched last year's record of $410 million, but by year's end, are expected to exceed $500 million, more than double the total five years ago.
Haggard says supermarket customers in Taiwan are much more comfortable purchasing U.S. beef, compared to his early days working that market.
**California has been the target for animal activists, protests and break-ins on or near farms.
According to agnetwest.com, the Animal Ag Alliance reports that when activists break into a barn or operation without proper clearance they actually pose as a threat to the operation, the farmer, and the hundreds or thousands of animals housed there.
After one unauthorized visit by the group Direct Action Everywhere, an egg producer had to destroy all of his chickens, a consequence of the activists putting their agenda above the health, safety and lives of the birds.
**A new study looks at which country bears the greater financial burden of the tariffs between the U.S. and China.
According to agweb.com, new data from a network of European Union researchers, people and companies in the U.S. are only paying 4.5% more following the recently imposed 25% tariff on $250 billion dollars of Chinese goods. The other 20.5% falls on Chinese producers.