FAO Sugar Price Index finally showing gains?

After falling 2.8 percent in 2018, FAO’s Food Price Index (FFPI) is down 2.7 percent YOY for the first four months of 2019. (The index, adjusted for inflation, uses as baseline food price data from 2002 through 2004.) Looking at monthly data, April 2019 [...]

Trade obstacles persist for U.S. pork

Last Thursday, Apr. 18, the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) released its report on the impact of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Ratification of the free-trade agreement (FTA) could improve the situation for U.S. pork exports, which have seen a sharp drop this past [...]

Livestock and poultry populations up over 2 percent YOY

There were nearly 12.0 million head of cattle on feed as of Apr. 1, up 2 percent year over year and a recent record. March’s cold, wet weather in parts of the Plains and Midwest contributed to the higher number. May-Aug numbers should decline [...]

An “Impossible” challenge for the meat & dairy industry?

The meat and dairy industry has used both state laws and advertising blitzes to burnish its reputation and whet consumer appetites for its products for decades, but who can buy headlines like those fawning over mock and fake meats? True, the average consumer is [...]

Milk production still seeing modest gains despite continued herd declines

USDA’s Feb. 20 report on herd size and production by state showed overall production up 0.5 percent in Q4 compared to the same quarter last year. Herd size continues to decline as culling thinned the herd on both a national and twenty-three state basis. [...]

Food prices fell further in late 2018

FAO reports that its calendar 2018 food price index fell 3.5 percent from 2017. While the cereals index did rise 9.0 percent, it was the only component to make gains. Meat fell 2.2 percent; dairy, 2.6 percent; oils, 14.7 percent; and sugar, 21.9 percent. [...]

Livestock affected due to Hurricane Florence

Two million chickens died due to flooding in North Carolina after the storm dumped some 36 inches of rain. Multiple slaughter facilities were shut down, and numerous livestock died. North Carolina is home to 8.9 million swine, 12 percent of the total U.S. herd, [...]

Broiler hatches continue to rise year over year

Broiler chick hatches totaled 821.4 million in June, repeating May’s 2 percent year-over-year growth rate. There were 688.9 million broiler-type eggs in incubators as of July 1, up 2.5 percent from a year ago and pointing to July’s hatch being about 1 percent higher [...]