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Dr. Ron Plain - Economics: Hog and Pork Outlook

Economics: Hog and Pork Outlook - Dr. Ron Plain, D. Howard Doane Professor of Agricultural Economics, University of Missouri-Columbia, from the 2015 Summer Swine Health Seminar, August 22, 2015, Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, USA.

SwineCast 0879, Dr. Ron Plain Economics Farewell Tour... Sort Of

SwineCast 0879 Show Notes:
  • Catching up with Dr. Ron Plain, University of Missouri, on the pork price outlook, his early retirement and immediate re-hirement.  

Dr. Steve Meyer - Meat/Poultry Economic Update & Outlook

Meat/Poultry Economic Update & Outlook - Dr. Steve Meyer, Paragon Economics, Inc., from the 2014 Missouri Pork Expo , February 11 - 12, 2014, Columbia, MO, USA.

SwineCast 0635, What Does Your Congressman Know About Your Operation?

Download mp3SwineCast 0635 Show Notes:
  • Congressional testimony opportunities push new perspectives past the Washington Beltway.  NPPC president Doug Wolf recently offered a 'state of the industry' overview to the House Committee on Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry.  I caught up with Doug as he was spraying corn on his Wisconsin farm. 

SwineCast 0615, Future Of Ag Is Worth Waiting For - Is It Here?

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  • Economist Brian Briggeman with the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Omaha Branch, discusses the outlook for the agriculture economy and international transitions. 

SwineCast 0398, Agricultural Impact of Current Economic Morass

SwineCast 0398 Show Notes:

  • Ag Economist Allen Featherstone looks at factors responsible for current economic scenario and discusses the impact he sees on agriculture at large

Putting the Industry on a Diet (or the Many Reasons We are Losing the Battle of the Bulge)

Everyone is hearing the call to reduce weights as an industry strategy to force the pass-through of higher costs up the chain. Every time the industry cycles through the oversupply phase, joint action is recommended to pull back supply.

This can be an effective strategy but the problem we face is that the industry has not consolidated to the point where joint action is likely to succeed. The reason is the benefit of cheating.

When there are hundreds or thousands of competitors in an industry, each seeks to optimize its output based on its own costs and price offerings without regard to the actions of others.

The Elephant in the Room Demands Some Time

One of the most revealing quotes I heard recently was “What would we be talking about if we didn’t talk about ethanol?” No doubt it is the elephant in the room for most livestock producers so it is important to spend some time on it but there are so many other interesting and important topics flying under the radar of the ethanol intoxication. We need to and will break out of this fixation and take a wider view soon. Regardless, here are some thoughts about the ethanol situation as it impacts corn prices and cost of production for pigs just to make sure the groundwork is set for future comments.

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