Ag News: Alfafarmers Welcome Tuberville
**Alabama’s largest farm organization welcomes Senator Tommy Tuberville’s appointment to the Senate Ag Committee.
Alabama Farmers Federation was among the first groups to endorse the former Auburn University football coach’s bid for U.S. Senate.
Federation President Jimmy Parnell praised Tuberville for putting in the work to learn about the issues important to farmers and seeking to be a voice for Alabama agriculture in Congress.
**U.S. pork exports reached nearly 3 million metric tons in 2020, topping the 2019 record by 11%.
USDA data compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation, shows pork export VALUE also climbed 11%.
Exports set new annual records in China/Hong Kong, Central America, Vietnam and Chile, and achieved strong fourth quarter growth in Japan and Mexico.
U.S. beef exports finished 2020 lower year-over-year, falling 5% in both volume and value, but ended the year with momentum.
**The USDA expects farmers to earn a lot more money from their crops and livestock in 2021, but not enough to offset higher production costs and a steep drop-off in taxpayer aid.
www.agrimarketing.com reports, USDA's forecast for $111.4 billion in net farm income this year would represent a nearly $10 billion decline from 2020, when the farm sector was flooded with coronavirus relief payments.
Cash receipts are expected to rise by $11.8 billion for crops and $8.6 billion for livestock.