Brianna Schroeder joined Ag Law in the Field podcast host Tiffany Dowell Lashmet, Ag Law Specialist at Texas A&M Agrilife Extension, to discuss how changing consumer demands impact production on U.S. farms, ranches, and dairies. The link to listen to the podcast is available here.
Looking in particular at the dairy and poultry industries, Brianna and Tiffany discuss certain production practices on the farm that have been driven by various consumer demands. For example, many dairy producers are now selling milk under contracts that may require certain animal care standards on the farm or may limit the type of feeds that may be given to animals. This issue is broad and impacts livestock producers across the country in various industries.
The podcast walks through some of the common terms in contracts including animal care standards, ensuring only non-GMO feed for cows, greenhouse gas emission requirements, limitations and reporting requirement on the use of antibiotics, requiring egg operations to go cage-free, and more.