EIA expects continued high energy prices through 2023

IARN — The U.S. Energy Information Administration forecasts that a variety of U.S. energy prices will remain historically high through 2023. The outlook includes oil, natural gas, coal, and electricity, as seen in EIA’s June 2022 Short-Term Energy Outlook Tuesday. EIA Administrator Joe DeCarolis says, “Although we expect the current upward pressure on energy prices to lessen, high energy prices will likely remain prevalent in the United States this year and next.” EIA forecasts that high natural gas and coal prices will result in an increased share of renewables in U.S. generation, largely offset by a decline in coal’s share. Read more

USDA APHIS taking the initiative to “Protect our Pigs”

IARN — As we make our way around World Pork Expo in Des Moines, one of the topics that is still being talked about is African Swine Fever (AFS). While that doesn’t mean we don’t have other pork health concerns, it is still the one that comes with a hefty price tag for the American pork industry. The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has launched an initiative called “Protect our Pigs” to help support veterinarians and the industry. Read more

Iowa Ag Secretary Says Pandemic Nearing Close

Statewide Iowa — Iowa Agriculture Secretary Mike Naig says the state is getting closer to the end of the bird flu outbreak. There are just a few commercial poultry sites left to release from quarantine and then they can bring in new birds. Read more

Pork trade slower, but mood at WPX is optimistic

IARN — The economy is making everybody rethink their budgets. It also means that trade is being affected around the globe. The Biden Administration hasn’t put the same focus on trade that the Trump administration did, and you can read into that anything you like. Read more