Knowledge Exchange

Industry Centers of Excellence

Animal Protein

The Animal Protein Center of Excellence provides strategic information related to the beef, pork and poultry sectors. The group analyzes the key factors that are shaping the livestock and poultry industries, including those related to supply and demand, structural change, and policy.

Center of Excellence Members 
Larri Tappy, VP/Senior Relationship Manager and Center of Excellence Chair
Terry Barr, Senior Director, Knowledge Exchange (Ex Officio)
Bob Doane, VP/Lead Relationship Manager
Jennie Haverkamp, Senior Corporate Attorney
Jim Matzat, VP/Lead Relationship Manager
Jared Rochon, Credit Officer
Pat Sauer, Relationship Manager
Al Schuler, VP/Lead Relationship Manager
Jason Sixel, Senior Credit Officer
Connor Sparks, Credit Officer
Dan Terrill, Senior Relationship Manager
Keith Yanke, Senior Credit Officer
Tanner Ehmke, Manager, Knowledge Exchange

Recent Animal Protein Research Reports
U.S. Beef Exports Are Growing, but so Are Trade Risks
Can the Cage-Free Commitments be Met?
Lab-grown Cultured Meat – A Long Road to Market Acceptance
U.S. Packing Capacity Sufficient for Expanding Cattle Herd
New Processing Capacity Shakes Up the Hog Industry
More Feed, Fewer Mills: Upgrades Accelerate Consolidation
Global Pork Trade Profile & Outlook
Elevators Look to Feed Wheat to Lighten Load
Dairies Use Genetics to Manage through Beef Price Decline
The Animal Protein Markets in 2016: Bolstered by Resilient Domestic Demand
What's Behind the Cattle Market Price Collapse?
U.S. Protein Supply Heading Higher in 2015-16
Current Status and Implications of the HPAI Virus
Feeder Cattle Supply Outlook
What's Ahead for U.S. Chicken Industry Exports?
The U.S. Chicken Industry: Re-invented and Revitalized

If you would like to obtain a full copy of any one of KED’s research reports, please either contact your CoBank relationship manager or send an e-mail to the Knowledge Exchange Division at

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