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Beef Growth and Decline

Beef is expensive to produce, emits the most greenhouse gases, is highly cultural in some places and has a highly evolving demand structure. Over the past decade, consumption of beef in otherwise relatively large consuming Russia has declined the most of any of the top 20 countries. Note that the top ten countries are shaded green in the chart below, and the next 10 countries in demand destruction are shaded blue.  China is a large consumer that has concurrently had the largest compound average growth rate (CAGR) in demand over the past decade. Chile is relatively smaller in total consumption but has had the second fastest CAGR. India, followed by Pakistan, is larger beef consumer with a larger CAGR. South Korea, Kazakhstan and Egypt...

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On behalf of a private U.S. agricultural technology provider, WPI’s team generated an econometric model to forecast the movement of concentrated corn production north and west from the traditional U.S. Corn Belt. WPI’s model has subsequently provided quantitative support to a multi-million-dollar investment into short-season corn variety development. WPI’s methodology included a series of interviews with regional grain elevators and seed consultants. Emphasizing outreach and communication with stakeholders who possess intimate sectoral knowledge – on-the-ground insights – is a regular component of WPI’s methodologies, made possible by WPI’s ever-growing network of industry contacts.

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