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FEEDSTUFFS IN FOCUS: COVID, cage-free movement pose ongoing challenges to egg industry

Ken Klippen discusses the ongoing fight to include eggs in CFAP, animal welfare groups’ ongoing agenda with the move to cage-free and more.

The egg industry saw drastically different impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic when liquid egg prices decreased from $0.25 to $0.08 per pound while dried egg price decreased from $2.15 to $2.02 per pound. Meanwhile shell egg prices increased from $0.79 to $1.79 per dozen.

Liquid egg producers saw dramatic price impacts despite being denied assistance under the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) proposed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in May. Ken Klippen, president of the National Association of Egg Farmers, has been busy writing to USDA administrators to share egg farmers’ story. 

Another major priority for Klippen is the ongoing mandated shift in the egg industry to require cage-free production systems. “We’re very concerned about what the year 2025 will bring for the egg industry. In a word, it’s going to be chaos,” Klippen said. 

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