News and analysis on the global poultry
and animal feed industries.

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.

Trump could use John Mellencamp as an ag adviser

Rock musician knew decades ago that farmers want export markets and strong prices, not government aid
When the Trump administration announced a week ago a $12 billion aid package to help U.S. farmers who have been hurt by tariffs on agricultural goods, a common response by federal lawmakers and agriculture trade groups was that type of financial assistance isn’t really what the farmers want.
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Poultry is now an election issue in Kansas

Gubernatorial candidates for the first time are being asked questions about poultry plants and farms in the state
During election years in Kansas, it is expected that agricultural issues can be discussed. But not until this year had the poultry industry ever entered the conversation.
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Poultry production numbers from July 2018 WASDE report

Learn the latest projections for U.S. broiler and turkey production for 2018 and 2019
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) releases its World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report each month, and that report always includes a lot of interesting statistics.
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Stores filing collusion suits don’t deserve a dime

The problem is these lawsuits are harmful to agricultural businesses; the solution is not supporting the plaintiffs
A growing and disturbing trend appears to be lawsuits in which the plaintiffs are alleging that some of the top companies in animal protein companies are conspiring with one another in order to manipulate prices and raise the costs at the retail level.
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Acquisitions could shake up Top Poultry Company rankings

With one top company having been recently acquired and two more up for sale, standings in Top Poultry Companies listings are likely to change
Every year, WATT Global Media publishes the results of the Top Poultry Companies Survey in WATT PoultryUSA magazine, and updates the WATTAgNet Top Poultry Companies Database, based on the findings of that survey.
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Hormel Foods CEO: Non-meat proteins good for business

Hormel’s Jim Snee talks of less dependence on commodity-driven businesses, decreasing volatility and increasing balance, and strengths of non-meat protein, but what does that all mean?
Hormel Foods CEO Jim Snee’s presentation during the dbAccess Global Consumer Conference offered a lot of information about the diversified food company that is also the parent company of Jennie-O Turkey Store and SPAM.
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Delaware FSA should be in good hands under McKeon

Mountaire Farms director of communications and community relations has started a new role as director of Delaware Farm Service Agency
Nearly a year ago, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said at the Montana Ag Summit that he wanted the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to be accessible and helpful.
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Stop saying farm animals are our friends

Often when the food and agriculture industry depicts overly happy visions of livestock and poultry, it reinforces unrealistic expectations
As the American public increasingly becomes further removed from the farm, their expectations of livestock and poultry production increasingly become more unrealistic.
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