Conservation

News Tips and Events for the Week of March 26

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Tip 1: Americans Projected to Eat More Protein this Year. A Boost for Livestock Producers? The U.S. Department of Agriculture says that consumers will eat 222.2 pounds of red meat and poultry in 2018, more than ever before. The closest consumers came to consuming this amount was back in 2004, the government agency said. Thanks in part to more Americans choosing to reduce the amount of carbohydrates from their eating habits in favor of plans such as the Keto Diet or the Atkins Diet, the demand for protein is higher than ever, according to USDA’s January 2018 Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook. Domestic beef and poultry production is also forecast to surpass 100 billion pounds this year, USDA says. John Grimes, beef coordinator for Ohio State University Extension and a member of the OSU Extension Beef Team, can provide insight on what this could mean for Ohio livestock producers. Grimes writes for the Ohio Beef Cattle Newsletter, a publication of the Beef Team. He can be reached at grimes.1@osu.edu or 740-289-2071, ext. 242.

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