Understand The Protein Trends Nancy Kruse, President, The Kruse Company, provides insight into consumer views on food and protein. She covers the trends she is tracking, what they mean for consumers and protein producers, and issues that are driving behavior. Key take aways: there are trends that the pork industry must take advantage of in order to have pork continue to be on the plate.
Shifting Protein Demand and Consumer Trends Dr. Steve Meyer, Paragon Economics, outlines the pork economic data and trends. Some of the key issues include shifts meat demand, expansion in all protein arenas, PEDv recovery is happening, and corn supply is vastly improved. Dr. Meyer concludes with some risks to monitor: Export disruption, weakening demand, and dietary guidelines being pressured to change.
Neil Dierks, CEO of the National Pork Producers Council, conducts listening sessions whenever possible. This one took place at the 2015 MN Pork Congress. The sessions are closed to all but those producers in attendance but Neil shared some of the thoughts on industry issues afterwards.
Can we Engineer the Future? What is the future on transgenic, or genetic engineered, animals? Genetic engineering is not a technology that is going to replace standard breeding methods. Rather, it will add access to genetic variation, increasing the pool of genetic diversity that can be worked with [video][pdf].