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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.

Some highlights include:

Anti-Antimicrobials In New York State?

The New York State Senate introduced state legislation that would

make it a misdemeanor to use non-therapeutic antimicrobials in cattle, poultry, sheep, swine or any other animals raised for human food consumption, including animals raised to provide non-meat products like milk and eggs.

How will banning non-therapeutic antimicrobials impact animal agriculture? Such legislation in a major dairy producing state is sure to face strong resistance.

Are Milk Consumption and Cardiovascular Diseases Related?

A recent review of selected research from multiple sources suggests that there is no link between milk consumption and an increase in risk of heart disease, stroke or total mortality.

Via The Times Of India:

Wageningen and Harvard University researchers examined 17 studies from Europe, USA and Japan, and found no link between the consumption of regular or low-fat dairy and any increased risk of heart disease, stroke or total mortality.

The meta-analysis, as reported by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, concludes:

This dose-response meta-analysis of prospective studies indicates that milk intake is not associated with total mortality but may be inversely associated with overall CVD risk; however, these findings are based on limited numbers.