Pork shortage

Nationwide drought impedes wheat growth, deprives pig farms of feed

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 - 8:42pm

An Acadiana food staple is threatened by this past summer's drought. The drought decreased yields of wheat, which farmers use to feed pigs. The price of raising the animals rose, and supply continues to decline.

The shortage will peak next year, but you may begin feeling its effects soon. Local favorites like boudin and cracklins will cost more, and christmas hams might, too.

However, specialty stores say they'd rather raise prices than fail to serve their customers. The store we spoke to says they expect the cost of pork to rise almost one third. In the long haul---that would mean stores spend 60-thousand dollars a year more for ingredients.  

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