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·         ISU livestock economist debunks the idea of shortages

·         Ag Executives Spotlight Supply Chain Bottlenecks Pressuring the Industry



ISU livestock economist debunks the idea of shortages


Iowa Agribusiness Radio Network

June 17, 2022


Dr. Lee Shulz Associate Professor and livestock economist at Iowa State University spoke recently at the SE region Beef Meets hosted by the Iowa Cattlemen.  Sponsored by the Iowa Agribusiness Radio Network, Shulz offered some remarks about current supply and demand forces impacting the livestock industry and offered some opinions about so-called shortages.


In his remarks at the Monroe County Fairgrounds, Dr. Schulz offered his observations about supply and demand and how those forces are interacting with current beef markets.  He framed the current environment from a demand perspective saying the beef industry’s current demand for its products is incredible.


He went on to explain how the consumer is responding, even though prices are higher, and prices are tight.


And he continued his comments by offering his ideas of “shortages” and really how these are forces of supply, demand, price, and quantity and can sometimes be a “pet peeve” description of market conditions for ag economists.


document, plus three [3] audio clips



Shipping, Labor and Regulatory Fixes

Ag Executives Spotlight Supply Chain Bottlenecks Pressuring the Industry


By Chris Clayton, DTN/Progressive Farmer



KANSAS CITY, Mo. (DTN) -- As President Joe Biden was signing the Ocean Shipping Reform Act into law Thursday, a group of executives from across the agricultural spectrum spoke about the various bottleneck and stress points in the supply chain that continue to plague the sector from the farm to the ocean carrier.


The various challenges of labor in rural America, transportation and reliance on foreign countries for key inputs were repeated themes as executives from Cargill Protein, John Deere, Dairy Farmers of America, MFA Inc., and the Mid-Kansas Coop each touched on the individual challenges in their businesses during a forum hosted by the Kansas City Agribusiness Council.


The executives touched on growing concerns about inflation, including the problems that have plagued West Coast ports. Biden, in signing the supping bill into law, stressed the legislation is needed to address inflation and ensure exporters such as agricultural shippers can get their products in containers and onto cargo ships.


Cargill exports about 20% of its beef products, so the port situation has been a challenge, especially because freezer space at ports becomes limited when shipping gets backed up, said Jarrod Gillig, president of Cargill Protein North America. While the Biden administration has tried since the beginning of the year to help boost agricultural shipping at California ports, Gillig said it remains slow.


"It's still definitely slower, and we believe there continues to be constrained movement through those ports, and that's what we're seeing whether that is due to container availability or the physical ports," Gillig said.


Michael Lichte, vice president of milk optimization and customer relations for Dairy Farmers of America, added the dairy industry is now reliant on nearly 20% of production going to export, so dairy farmers too are affected by slow service at the West Coast ports. Lichte also pointed to the pandemic shutdown in Shanghai, China, this spring that created a bottleneck for getting containers.


"We couldn't get our products exported overseas," Lichte said....