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China’s Changing Pork Import Mix Two key reports about China’s impact on global pork demand came out this week. The first was Rabo Bank’s quarterly report which forecast pork production in 2019 to be down 25 percent from 2018 (which the report points out is 12.5 percent of global production), and that it will take about 5 years for recovery.   A key theme of that report was the structural changes coming as the production capacity is rebuilt, but that hog feed demand will rebound more quickly than hog and pork production as this is winnowing out the small inefficient and backyard herds. As China rebuilds its swine industry it will also modernize and improve the overall infrastructure and efficiency of the sector...

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Forecasting developments in production agriculture

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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