Multiple sources agree that African Swine Fever, first confirmed in China on Aug. 2, 2018, in the northeastern city of Shenyang, is ravaging the Asian giant’s pork industry in a way that will have impacts on global protein production and feed consumption for several years in the future.
Editor’s note: This is the fifth installment in our seven-part in-depth editorial series where we look ahead at “Farm & Food 2040.” This story focuses on the changing consumer expectations for food and how that’s impacting many aspects of the value chain of the present and future.
The rapid spread of African swine fever in China – home of half the world’s pigs – and outbreaks in Europe are unsettling global pork markets and potentially providing opportunities for major pork producers like the U.S., which has never had an outbreak of the deadly hog disease.
The retaliatory tariffs imposed by China on imports of U.S. fruits and tree nuts will hurt American producers, but the pain will be eased by increased demand from a surging middle class in the world’s most populous country, according to a RaboResearch report.
Cheese will probably be the commodity most directly affected by the tariffs Mexico is imposing on U.S. commodities in response to U.S. levies on steel and aluminum. That’s the gist of a new report by Rabobank dairy analyst Tom Bailey.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 6, 2017 – Western Growers is partnering with S2G Ventures (Seed 2 Growth) to launch AgSharks, a new initiative to identify and help fund key innovations in the fresh produce industry.