SwineCast Industry

What Are Global Perspectives on Commodity Price Spikes?


Photo AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File

The Diane Rehm Show brought together four experts on world economies and agriculture to address the current commodity prices and their impact on food, fuel, and fiber.

Consumer Food Trendspotting

The Institute of Food Technologists combines new information from the U.S. Census with consumer purchasing habits and retail rends to provide a detailed report on the American Family's eating habits.

Families with children comprise an influential segment of the U.S. population, and understanding their cooking patterns, health concerns, and dining out preferences is critical to effectively targeting them.

Of note are the two charts depicting U.S. household types by age of householder (image) and % of mothers making a strong effort to limit their child’s consumption of specific substances (image).

Future Of Ag, Is Worth Waiting For?

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

What Happened At The International Pig Veterinary Society?


Dr. Bob Morrison, University of Minnesota, reviews presentations from 2010 International Pig Veterinary Society (IPVS), with Dr Gordon Spronk, Pipestone System; Dr. Tom Wetzel & Dr. Jeff Husa, Boehringer Ingelheim; Robert Barsch, MN Pork Producer; and Allison Collins, Research Scientist, Australia's Animal Health Research Unit.

Animal Ag Feed Supply Not Keeping Up With Demand


Crop prices are going higher, impacting the animal agriculture industries' feed costs. Also impacting feed costs is the price of oil. When oil is higher, the demand of corn for ethanol production increases, pushing up further the price of corn.

"Three weeks ago we assessed the rate of consumption of corn and soybeans and concluded that corn consumption was progressing too rapidly based on available supplies", writes Darrel Good, Agricultural Economist, University of Illinois.

Strong feed demand in the dairy and swine industries may cause supply problems as the year progresses. This may put some animal agriculture operations on the edge if there are any risks that come true and not hedged, mainly a bad planting season, poor weather, or further increases in commodity prices.

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