Dan Groff - Overview of the New Packing Plant in Coldwater

Overview of the New Packing Plant in Coldwater - Dan Groff, Clemens Food Group, from the 2016 Power Of The Past, Force Of The Future Customer Appreciation event, August 16, 2016, hosted by Rensselaer Swine Services and Bethany Swine Health Services, Jasper Country Fairgrounds, IN, USA.
This presentation was removed at the presenter's request January 2017.

What Affects Positive Consumer Eating Experiences?

Pork Quality - High Quality Pork Increases Positive Consumer Eating ExperiencesHow Do Consumers Perceive Eating? Dr. Dustin Boler, University of Illinois, shares how seasonality and consumer perceptions play a part in pork quality. Dr. Boler also highlights research on pork meat and points out correlations observed between ham wights and belly firmness.

SwineCast 0826, What Do Consumers Think About While At The Meat Counter?

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Dr. Steve Meyer - Markets, Economic Situation, and Outlook

Markets, Economic Situation, and Outlook - Dr. Steve Meyer, Paragon Economics, from the 2014 World Pork Expo, June 4 - 6, 2014, Des Moines, IA, USA.

Elliot Mellow and Chef Adams Wells Morgan - So You Think You Know BBQ

So You Think You Know BBQ, BBQ Tips From People That Have Been At It Awhile - Elliot Mellow, BBQ Always Smoked, Absolutely Perfect (ASAP); Chef Adams Wells Morgan, Executive Chef, The Club at Old Hawthorne, from the 2014 Missouri Pork Expo , February 11 - 12, 2014, Columbia, MO, USA.

Some China Pork Background Info

 Recent Trends and Implications for World Meat and Grains Trade What Is China's Influence on Pork? Here is a link to info on China’s influence on the pork industry and the affects on world meat and grains trade. The information comes via Informa Economics.

Are Meat Demand and Feed Prices Related?

Feed Prices Impact Meat Demand
Audio via SwineCast
Paragon Economics Dr. Steve Meyer walks through meat demand, corn prices ($4-$8??) and weather issues.
The total feed supply is going down. Long term we need to get more efficient or we get smaller. Can we get efficient enough to that we can grow with a shrinking supply of energy feed?
Dr. Meyer also looks into the ethanol industry, how it fared in 2011 and what it may do in 2012, with respect to their need for corn inputs.

Will User Fees for Meat Industry Be Implemented?

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There are 58 cost reduction points offered by the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. The recommendations touch all areas of government with words like trim, cut, reduce, merge, eliminate, etc. Several recommendations would impact agriculture.

Of note is recommendation 33, "Require food processing facilities to finance food safety and inspection services."

Under current law, one inspector must be present at all times to sample and test products when a meat or poultry slaughtering plant is in operation. These inspectors are responsible for monitoring the processing plants daily adherence to sanitary, ingredient, and packaging regulations.

Federal inspections benefit producers and consumers alike by preventing diseased animals and other unsafe products from being sold, but producers get the extra benefit of being able to advertise that their products passed USDA inspection.

This option finances all federal inspections of meat and poultry products with fees paid by the processing facilities, thereby making the service paid for by those who use it. Implementation of this policy increases federal revenues by over $900 million each year.

Note these are recommendations that require new legislation and / or action by both the president and congress to make happen.

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