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Japan Boosts Corn and Protein

Japan’s population is declining by a half percent per year and will be 2 million smaller this year than in 2020. Nearly a third of the population is over 65 years of age, adding to the lower food demand factors. Yet the latest Global Agricultural Information Network report from the Foreign Agricultural Service indicates Japan’s corn imports and consumption will be the highest since 2020/21. This is occurring at the same time wheat and rice consumption contracted the way demographics suggest they should. The difference is that the nation’s poultry flocks are recovering after avian influenza caused 1.6 percent drop in the flock in 2022. FAO data indicates the animal protein supply has increased even as the population has go...

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Communicating importance of value-added products

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