Following the extremely cold weather in late January we are all looking forward to Spring and especially the run-up in prices to Easter. Projections of cost of production and unit revenue prepared by Don Bell predict wider margins during the current year as compared to 2009. Highlights of his extensive reports are included in this issue for guidance on trends and selecting strategies to optimize profitability.

The 2010 IPE in Atlanta is now a memory. Read a critical evaluation of the event. Some innovative products noted on the show floor are reviewed for the benefit of readers in this issue. It was indeed unfortunate that the major cage and grading equipment manufacturers elected collectively or individually not to exhibit at the IPE in 2010. We look forward to seeing them and their products at the Midwest Poultry Federation Convention in mid-March and certainly at the IPE in 2011.

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We share the wisdom of an industry stalwart, Henry Kuhl, in this edition. Henry has contributed to efficiency and productivity of egg producers over the past 50 years and has served the industry in many forums and earned one of the 2010 USPOULTRY Lamplighter Awards.

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