Southeastern Pa. Correspondent
NEW HOLLAND, Pa. - Dr. Ron Plain, professor and economist from the University of Missouri
, spoke to pork producers and industry representatives at this week's Pennsylvania Pork Producers' 2010 Keystone Pork Expo held at Yoder's Country Market.
After saying how he
grew up on a crop and livestock farm in southwestern Missouri and sharing a few jokes expressing the frustrated state of pork producers in this country, Plain made a few sobering statements, "Things are really tough right now.
The typical hog farm lost money in 24 of the last 26 months and the industry as a whole lost over $6 billion ...
"Feed costs are up, mostly because of this country's new energy policy," he