Am I dreaming?
Record production and meat consumption, strong hog prices, excellent exports, solid demand: Pork producers are going around pinching themselves, says Steve Meyer, economist for Kerns & Associates.
Who is eating all this meat?
Kerns & Associates
Americans ate a record amount of meat in 2017. Market watchers estimate the trend will continue into 2019, says Steve Meyer, Kerns & Associates.
Are we manure poor?
Dan Andersen, Iowa State University, says “Iowa has never been more ‘manure-poor’ than we are right now. A lot of counties need more manure for fertilizer rather than buying commercial fertilizer.”
Increase the Pork Checkoff rate?
National Hog Farmer, Cheryl Day
Defending pig farming is expensive. Iowa pork producers debate if now is the time to expand the Pork Checkoff and Strategic Improvement Program rate. Read the entire story here.
Robust pork export growth
Kerns & Associates
At the end of November, U.S. pork exports grew 5% in 2017. How long can pork exports keep up this pace, asks Steve Meyer, Kerns & Associates.
Trade, trade, trade, trade and trade
Farmers for free trade
One of the biggest risks for the U.S. pork industry in 2018 is a disruption to exports. With 26% of production being shipped globally, the U.S. pork industry is working diligently to gain and retain all market opportunity. “Trade, trade, trade, trade and trade are the top 5 legislative issues for NPPC,” says Neil Dierks, CEO, to the Iowa Pork Producers during the annual meeting.
What products will you be adding to your operations this year? More than 500 booths allowed you to touch, kick the tires and try out all the new equipment before you buy.
When is the Prestage plant opening?
The pork world is buzzing about the new pork packing plants. Two plants opened in September, relieving the pressure on the tight packing capacity. However, weekly slaughter totals are breaking new records. So, everyone in the industry is waiting for the opening of the Prestage pork processing plant in Eagle Grove, Iowa. Ron Prestage says operations beginning in 2018 is attainable, but he will not commit to an official date. Listen to the complete update here.
Raise your hands high
Pork producers and companies bid once, bid twice to support the Iowa Pork Foundation youth scholarship programs. This year a new record was set with over $31,400 raised from the auction, including the last auction item that brought in $5,400.
There's a snake in my bumper
“How many of you know of snakes out there, and how many people don’t tell you the snakes are out there. You need to be viable, valuable and visible to succeed,” says Matt Rush, keynote speaker.
Rush says not only do producers need to tell consumers the agriculture story, producers need to tell them why it matters to them.
A sold-out tradeshow features nearly 300 Iowa, national and international businesses showcasing the latest technology, equipment and services for the swine business. The Iowa Pork Congress is the nation’s largest winter tradeshow for the pork industry.