Consumer Food Trendspotting

The Institute of Food Technologists combines new information from the U.S. Census with consumer purchasing habits and retail rends to provide a detailed report on the American Family's eating habits.

Families with children comprise an influential segment of the U.S. population, and understanding their cooking patterns, health concerns, and dining out preferences is critical to effectively targeting them.

Of note are the two charts depicting U.S. household types by age of householder (image) and % of mothers making a strong effort to limit their child’s consumption of specific substances (image).

DairyCast Update for January 14, 2011, Will New Anaerobic Digester Technologies Pay?

Thanks again to all who participated in the DairyCast survey for 2011. The information from the survey is being reviewed and will be published February 1st. Also, congratulations to Dan Illg, the winner of the $100 Target gift card drawing.

Dr. Steve Meyer - How Will Ethanol and Corn Interact?


Dr. Steve Meyer, Paragon Economics, provides an in-depth pork industry economic update, from the Swine Forecast 2011 webinar, December 1, 2010.


Key factors for 2011: Ethanol and biofuels policy; Grains and costs of production; Policy decisions; Macro-economic situation – esp. $US; Last month’s elections

Agriculture Answering the Call of Smartphones

More and more farmers, growers, and producers will pickup a smartphone as they trade in their old phones. How would a grower use a smartphone application, or 'app' as they are called? Immediate uses include general information tools, like weather, news, or finance. Many of the smartphones ship with these types of applications pre-installed. Other uses include specialized seed and soil calculators, ag news, and subscription ag management tools.

DairyCast 0402 - Will New Anaerobic Digester Technology Pay?

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mp3DairyCast 0402 Show Notes:

  • President of DGH Engineering, Dennis Hodgkinson talks with Canadian correspondent Bruce Cochrane about the company's new digester technology. 

DairyCast 0401 - What is the Dairy CWT Export Assistance Program?

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DairyCast 0400 - Provisions In New Tax Law May Benefit Your Operation

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What Dairy Products Do U.S. Households Demand?

The USDA Economic Research Service published its report An Analysis of U.S. Household Dairy Demand, providing an assessment of the effects of food prices and consumer incomes on agricultural food demand. This deeply analytical report offers usable market research information for the dairy food producers and those dairy operations that market their own products.

Consumers’ purchases of bulk ice cream, refrigerated and frozen yogurts, reduced-fat milk, canned milk, natural cheese, and cottage cheese are sensitive to changes in overall dairy expenditures. Strong substitution relationships are found among bulk ice cream, reduced-fat milk, and natural cheese and other products in the demand system.

What is the Economic Outlook for Farms and Ranches?

The Agricultural and Food Policy Center (AFPC) at Texas A&M University and the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) at the University of Missouri recently published their Representative Farms Economic Outlook for December 2010. This baseline report offers an assessment of farms, crops and their financial outlook.

Feed grain producers across the nation should increase the financial strength of their operators over the next five years, helped by strong commodity prices. Farms that have been in marginal or poor financial position in the last several years because of lower grain prices should recover and climb into stronger financial positions.

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