News and analysis for the global poultry industry.

Agrifood Angle

Roy Graber combines his Midwestern farming background with his knowledge of economics and agriculture policy to offer a deeper look at the poultry and pig industries.

Smaller CRP payments could lead to more feed grains

As contracts set to expire, many may opt to put fields back into crop production
As contracts for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) are up for renewal, landowners are discovering that the payments offered to them for preventing soil erosion are not as high as they once were.
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What keeps Tom Vilsack up at night?

Former U.S. agriculture secretary discusses top concerns as he prepares to return to his former job
Tom Vilsack admits that when became the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture under President Barack Obama, he didn’t fully know what he was getting himself into.
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After Eggsposé, cage-free progress updates offered

Arby’s and Lucky’s Market have completed their transitions, while Nugget Market says it will sell only cage-free eggs by the end of 2021
It didn’t take long after The Humane League released its “Cage-Free Eggsposé” report before several companies offered updates on their cage-free egg transitions.
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Humane League: You pledged cage-free eggs, so back it up

Animal rights group calls out companies it feels have done little to update consumers on progress of cage-free egg promises
Several hundred businesses – including restaurants, food processors, foodservice companies, grocery retailers, travel and hospitality companies, and distributors -- pledged several years ago that they would transition their entire egg supply to cage-free eggs.
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Phony pork CEO makes Fox eat crow. Learn from it

Direct Action Everywhere activist fools Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo into thinking he is the CEO of Smithfield Foods. Don’t think something like this won’t happen again.
Animal rights activists, including those from Direct Action Everywhere (DxE), have a well-earned reputation about lying about their identity to further their cause.
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Where’s Coach Luther Van Dam when agriculture needs him?

Fictional coach’s concerns about feeding a growing population nearly 30 years ago are still relatable today
A common question asked among agrifood professionals, whether while speaking at industry events or within their own operations is, “How are we going to feed a growing world population?”
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6 COVID-19 thoughts from Ron Prestage

Leader of pork and turkey company shares insights on the pandemic and its impact on business
Ron Prestage, president of pork and turkey company Prestage Farms, offered an abundance of insights on COVID-19 and its impact on business while speaking during the recent Iowa Farm Bureau Annual Meeting webinar series.
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