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Pork, poultry production guesses above last month

The USDA’s 2024 pork, broiler, and turkey production estimates were up on the month, while beef and eggs were down. Beef production is seen at 26.59 billion pounds, 5 million less than May on higher dressed weights canceling out an expected lower slaughter, with... Read More.

Pork export sales hit marketing year high

Pork export sales surged to a marketing year high during the week ending March 21st. The USDA says pork sales were driven by strong demand from Mexico, which picked up most of the week’s total, followed by Japan and Australia. Beef, corn, wheat,... Read More.

Record large February beef, pork production

February 2024 beef and pork production was the largest on record for any February. The USDA says the total of 4.554 billion pounds was up 7% on the year, with slaughter above year ago levels, helped by the additional business day thanks to the... Read More.

Tyson Foods to close Perry, Iowa pork processing plant

Tyson Foods has announced it’s permanently closing its pork packing plant in Perry, Iowa and an ag economist says he was surprised by the move. Allendale chief strategist Rich Nelson tells Brownfield most of Tyson’s financial issues have dealt with beef processing while pork... Read More.

Pork producers push for Prop 12 fix in farm bill

Pork producers want to see an answer to California’s Proposition 12 in the new farm bill. Duan Stateler, an Ohio producer and president-elect of the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), says they want to avoid a patchwork of regulations across the country… “I don’t think... Read More.

Pork producers applaud line speed extension

The National Pork Producers Council is applauding the recent announcement that the USDA is extending a pilot program that allows processing plants to run at increased line speeds.  Duane Stateler, an Ohio producer and president-elect of NPPC, tells Brownfield… “I’m glad they got the line... Read More.

Pork industry outlines traceability plan

The nation’s pork industry is another step closer to an enhanced swine traceability system.  Scott Hays, a Missouri producer, and immediate past president of the National Pork Producers Council tells Brownfield NPPC has spent nearly two years developing a program that would expedite a... Read More.

Pork industry sets 2024 policy

Pork producers have set their policy plans for 2024.  For the National Pork Board (NPB) growing pork demand is the top priority.  Al Wulfkuehle, NPB vice president and Iowa producer tells Brownfield… “It’s all about doing the priorities of what our producers want.”  He says,... Read More.

Foreign animal disease on pork producers minds

Foreign animal disease (FAD) preparedness remains a top priority for the nation’s pork industry.   Trish Cook is a pork producer in eastern Iowa… “Being diligent every day.”  She says, “You can’t take a day off from having good bio-security because you’re only as strong as... Read More.

Pork prospects improve

The first quarter of 2024 has seen a slight rebound for the pork industry.  Steve Meyer, chief livestock economist for Ever.Ag, says the price picture for hogs has improved recently… “It’s better, but I won’t say it’s great by any stretch.”  He says, “Primarily with... Read More.

Pork industry applauds Scope 3 rule change

Pork producers are applauding the Securities and Exchange Commission’s decision to remove the Scope 3 reporting requirement, which would have required farmers to report the greenhouse gas emissions of their supply chain. Bryan Humphreys, chief executive officer of the National Pork Producers Council, tells Brownfield... Read More.

Influencers: Pork production methods not an audience priority

How much do pork production practices matter to consumers?  Not much according to two social media influencers.  Eddie Zamora is known online and in the food industry as the “Yum Yum Foodie.”  He says his audience isn’t asking about animal care… “If it is important, it’s... Read More.