Hog markets have dropped to unprofitable levels for many producers this fall. “This is a challenging time for agriculture and especially for our producers,” says Jan Archer, National Pork Board (NPB) president and a pork producer from Goldsboro, North Carolina. “Our goal is to help producers during this time and provide consumers with a great value and quality pork.”
Archer shared a few of the things the NPB, using Pork Checkoff funds, is doing to keep pork moving and help producers.
1) Partnering with major grocery retailers.
Made-to-order crops and livestock are coming to farms soon, as gene editing speeds up the discovery of improved traits.
Smithfield Foods to expand operations and grow presence in Western U.S. with acquisition of California’s largest pork processor.
The 2016 Successful Farming® exclusive Pork Powerhouses® ranking of the largest 35 producers in the U.S. shows an increase of 123,000 sows from one year ago.
Bruce Livingston started his hog operation at age 8 with two breeding gilts. Today, his sow number is 25,000 and growing.
In uncertain times, grab the opportunity to rethink everything and make changes.
Seaboard Foods has purchased Texas Farm, based in Perryton, Texas, for an undisclosed amount. Texas Farm, a subsidiary of Nippon Meat Packers, Inc., of Osaka, Japan, has 25,000 sows in production (capacity for 40,000).
The purchase takes Seaboard Foods of Shawnee Mission, Kansas, to 290,000 sows. Seaboard has a hog processing plant in Guymon, Oklahoma, with a second processing facility under construction as part of a joint venture with Triumph Foods, called Seaboard Triumph Foods, in Sioux City, Iowa. That plant will be operational by August 2017, killing 10,000 hogs a day.
Betsy Freese begins the process of turning a portion of a 400-acre farm into a wetland through the CRP.
Thirty years ago, over 6,000 farmers from across the U.S. swarmed the ADAPT meeting looking for profitable new ideas on how to diversify the enterprises on their operations.
Every year in mid-July, Ron Groskreutz jumps on his motorcyle and tours 10 Midwestern states looking at corn. As the director of origination for Heartland Co-op based in Des Moines, Iowa, Groskreutz needs to know what is headed his way come harvest.
This year, he is predicting a record corn harvest for the U.S.
“Most states won’t have record yields, but every state has good corn," says Groskreutz, who has 30 years of experience in the grain business. “If each state has its second-best corn crop, add them all together – and it’s the biggest crop ever.”