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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Pork prices to rise next year

  • Pork prices, and specifically bacon prices, are expected to rise due to a shortage in early 2013.
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  • Pork prices, and specifically bacon prices, are expected to rise due to a shortage in early 2013.
     
    “Pork prices are going to rise in 2013, there’s just no way around it,” Roy Lindsey, executive director of the Oklahoma Pork Council, said.
     
    Corn is an essential part of hog feed, and the price of corn is continually rising, Lindsey said.
     
    He cited corn used for ethanol as a large reason for the price increase, along with the drought along the Midwest.
     
    Because feed is so expensive, many producers are cutting back on hog production, Lindsey said.
     
    However, the shortage will likely not be seen here, he said.
     
    “You’re not going to go to the supermarket and try to buy pork and not find it,” Lindsey said. “That’s not going to happen.”
     
    However, pork producers are losing money, he said. He added that overseas, and specifically the United Kingdom, will likely see severe shortages. However, Lindsey doesn’t expect to see that in the United States.
     
    “I don’t think the consumer is going to notice it at the supermarket, except that it will cost more,” Lindsey said.
     
    Chris Rice, Pottawatomie County agriculture educator, said he expects prices to rise steadily, but that supply and demand will invariably take over.
     
    “When prices get too high, people stop buying it,” Rice said.
     
    Rice didn’t believe the United States would see a shortage, because the prices will likely rise and cause people to stop buying pork before a shortage is noticed, he said.
     
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