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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 PDF icon (16x16) (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.

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