Perky Jerky has been able to successfully court female consumers in the traditionally male-dominated jerky space, according to founder and CEO Brian Levin. The trend towards healthy snacking has pushed several brands to offer more handcrafted brands, including Perky Jerky, which will be unveiling its 100% grass-fed beef jerky at the NCA Sweets & Snacks Expo this week.
Instant noodle maker Nissin will soon offer its potato chips in China, where the growth potential for such products is still high, according to Kiyotaka Ando, the company's regional managing director. Nissin will manufacture chips locally in a new facility that will be built next to its current noodle plant in China.
Sheetz will sell pints of Yuengling's Ice Cream at 300 of its convenience stores throughout six states, the retailer said. The stores will sell six of Yuengling's 19 ice cream flavors, including Black & Tan, root beer float and peanut butter cup flavors.
Arla Foods has opened an innovation center in Denmark, where a permanent staff of 150 workers will undertake between 30 to 50 projects at a time. The facility is designed as a collaborative space for professionals from different disciplines, said Arla executive Sven Thormahlen.
The USDA projects farm incomes will decline roughly 9% in 2017; corn belt farmers responding to a lender survey also predicted reduced profits. The Platt County Farm Bureau in Illinois recommends crop insurance to mitigate the threat of loss.
Although crop insurance is essential for farmers, it goes beyond the farming community, helping taxpayers from having to foot the bill following natural disasters, writes Texas-based cotton farmer Jimmy Dodson. In addition, crop insurance is vital for bringing the younger generation into the farming industry because it allows them to not worry about how to offset potential crop losses.
The 2016 overall crop insurance loss ratio of 0.27 was the lowest of the past decade, according to the USDA Risk Management Agency. Nine of the 10 largest crops had loss ratios below 1.00, with rice being the exception at 1.14.
USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue appeared before the House Agriculture Committee Wednesday, where he explained upcoming changes to the USDA's structure and pledged continued support for crop insurance. He described the latter as "a much more palatable safety net program from the public shareholder than direct payments were."
The 2018 budget President Donald Trump is scheduled to release Tuesday will reportedly include cuts to agriculture-related programs including crop insurance and conservation assistance, sources indicate. "The one bright spot in the president's budget proposal is that it is just that -- a proposal," said Greg Fogel of the National Sustainable Agriculture Commission.
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue advised members of the House Agriculture Committee that his restructuring of the USDA will emphasize rural development, and while an appointed assistant secretary will run the programs, Perdue plans to remain involved. "We're going to have an assistant secretary directly reporting to me who will be the go-to person," he said.