It's a Throwback Thursday (#tbt)! This essay is from the Center's archives. It ran in the Center for Rural Affairs newsletter in January 1999, and John is plugging away for an even better rural America.
In recent weeks hog prices have fallen to levels not seen for over 30 years. Taking inflation into account, the value of hogs has not been lower since the Great Depression. Left unchecked, the current crisis in the hog markets will undoubtedly destroy much of what remains of family farm hog production and bring untold devastation to rural America.