Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Outlook
(monthly) provides analysis of current developments in the
livestock, poultry, and aquaculture industries, providing data on
animal numbers, meat and egg production, prices, trade, and net
returns. Aquaculture products are featured commodities at least
twice a year.
Catfish Sales Expected to Decline in 2007 (February 2007) assesses the
prospects for the U.S. catfish industry in 2007. With lower grower
estimates of inventories at the start of 2007, catfish sales are
expected to decline. However, the lower production is expected to
keep farm and processor prices relatively high.
Aquaculture Outlook (1989-2006) examined the
U.S. aquaculture industry, including production, inventory, sales,
prices, inputs, and trade of catfish, trout, tilapia, salmon,
mollusks, crawfish, shrimp, and ornamental fish.
U.S. Seafood Market Shifts to Aquaculture
(April 2004) assesses the growing proportion of total domestic
seafood consumption accounted for by imports. Much of the increase
has come from foreign aquaculture product imports. In general,
growing imports has meant lower prices for domestic consumers, but,
also, lower returns for U.S. producers.
Country-of-Origin Labeling: Theory and
Observation (January 2004) examines the economic rationale
behind the various claims about the effect of country-of-origin
labeling and indicates that mandatory country-of-origin labeling
would likely generate more costs than benefits. Voluntary
country-of-origin labeling is an option, but food suppliers have
generally discounted the U.S. label as a quality attribute that can
attract sufficient consumer interest.