Will SawyerLead Economist, Animal Protein
Will Sawyer is lead animal protein economist in CoBank’s Knowledge Exchange research division, where his focus is on providing market and industry research for the pork, poultry and beef sectors.
Prior to joining CoBank in 2018, Mr. Sawyer was director of corporate development animal protein at JAMAS Capital providing strategic and investment analysis for the firm’s expanding portfolio of animal protein investments primarily in the poultry sector. Mr. Sawyer previously served as executive director of animal protein research at Rabobank in Atlanta, Georgia, and New York, New York, analyzing the pork and poultry sectors across North America.
Mr. Sawyer holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and a master’s in accountancy from Wake Forest University.
Global economic growth continues to slide, as tariffs drag on global trade and manufacturing.
The US chicken industry has experienced an unprecedented run of historic profitability since 2012 and responded with a significant increase in production and processing capacity.
Last August when the first cases of African Swine Fever (ASF) were announced in Northeast China, it was immediately clear that the global pork sector would be affected.
U.S. agriculture is poised for serious challenges for the remainder of 2019.
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Q1 2019: Agriculture Limps into 2019
African Swine Fever
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