Meat processing might be recession proof part of struggling agriculture industry
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Meat processing might be recession proof part of struggling agriculture industry

Alex Morton uses a large knife to cut meat at Country Pride Meats in Clinton. CLINTON It’s one of the few aspects of agriculture that just might be recession proof. “People got to eat,” said Jake Collins of Country Pride Meats in Clinton. “If the economy’s not doing good, people still eat it. It really doesn’t fluctuate much.” In an industry fraught with low commodity prices and farm closures, meat processing mostly has been insulated from such hardships. Curt Hoekman, center, uses a stamp to label steaks wrapped in paper at Country Pride Meats in Clinton. Large meat processors might struggle with changes in import and export markets. But local butchers such as Country Pride are preparing meat according to customer specifications. The finished cuts are sold at retail counters or transported to nearby restaurants or grocers. Those prices are less prone to volatility and, unlike crops and dairy products, aren’t dictated by faraway markets. Where butchers do feel the pinch is competing with ubiquitous meat brands sold in national grocery chains. “Competition is pretty hard with all that because you can’t compete (with) what they’re selling and what we have to have for our product,” said Andy Sorg […]

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