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Livestock Round Up: COVID Catalyzes Ag Policy

The dairy industry has faced several years of bear markets and just when things looked like they were going to turn around in 2020, COVID-19 hit. Reduced foodservice demand, increased retail demand, and government purchases through the Food Box Distribution program have all focused more attention on the Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO) pricing system. The impact was a record-large spread between prices for the various milk classes, de-pooling of milk, and milk check deductions through producer price differentials.  Though not directly related, the timing is notable that the  American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) has released a new policy proposal for FMMO reform. AFBF, in fact, convened a working group for updating the FMMO a...

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Communicating importance of value-added products

Facing increasing pressure to quantify the value of export promotion efforts to investors, a U.S. industry organization retained WPI to develop a quantitative model that better communicated the importance of exports. The resulting model concluded that value-added meat exports contributed $0.45 cents per bushel to the price of corn, increasing support for that sector’s financial support of WPI’s client. In addition to serving the red meat industry with this type of analysis, WPI has generated similar deliverables for the U.S. soybean and poultry/egg industries.

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