Understanding the Course - Opportunities in a Global Market Brett Stuart, Global AgriTrends, shares a set of economic stories that impact the meat industry. Mr. Stuart believes the global economy is wobbly: governments pumping more money into the market, highlights the US currency vs others, Brazil issues, and EU pork prices. Take away is that China is lapping up EU supplies, US production is up (but domestic demand is uncertain), and market "gravity" is up on a long-term basis [video].
Focus on Preparation - Anticipating Changing Conditions Dr. Miguel Angel Higuera, National Association of Swine Producers (Spain), shares global and European meat sector perspectives. Dr. Higuera points out that China, EU, then the US are the three biggest pork producers and consumers. On the flip side, the EU, USA, and Canada are the three biggest exporters of pork. Dr. Higuera dives into the EU market, consumer perceptions, and the how those perceptions have changed pork production in the EU. Dr. Higuera closes with a thought on how to get to 40 piglets per sow per year [video].
2016 World Pork Expo, June 8 - 10, 2016, Des Moines, IA, USA. There were many conversations about how the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) will impact many organizations in the swine ecosystem. The main message was "you should be starting now to be ready by January 1, 2017". Additional presentations shared the environmental and economics of swine, how Checkoff funds have been allocated to promote pork into the summer and fall, and "What does happen during a Common Swine Industry Audit?"
Mandatory Price Reporting Changes Dr. Craig Morris, Deputy Administrator, USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Livestock, Poultry and Seed Program, provides an update on the Agricultural Marketing Service, how it has changed, and what services are being supported, like the Market News, webinars, and other information sources [video].
Pork Academy One of the National Pork Board’s responsibilities is for Checkoff-funded research. The Pork Checkoff page of SwineCast highlights recent Checkoff-funded research that producers may find valuable on their farm.
Full Transcript - Opportunities for U.S. pork in a global market - Ambassador Darci Vetter, Chief Agricultural Negotiator for the U.S. Trade Representative, from the 2016 World Pork Expo, June 8 - 10, 2016, Des Moines, IA, USA.
Ambassador Darci Vetter, Chief Agricultural Negotiator for the U.S. Trade Representative discussed the importance of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Deal which now needs to move through congress to maintain and increase trade access with important Pacific rim partners.
From the Strategic Investment Program Luncheon at World Pork Expo, Dr. Craig Morris, deputy administrator, livestock, Poultry and Seed Program at USDA shares this producer update on Mandatory Price Reporting changes.