Need Tracking System to Ensure Retailers Deliver on Promises

With so many retailers promising to source pork from farms using open pen sow housing in the near future – University of Missouri Ag Economist Dr. Ron Plain says we’re going to need a system to track the pork delivered to a retailer back to the farm and the type of facility the sows were housed in. He says that’s the only way the retailers can make a claim to their customers. Right now – while there are firms implementing some open pen gestation – Plain says there’s not a tracking verification system in place to make sure consumers are getting what some retailers say they’re going to deliver. According to Plain – confusing customers or promising things that can’t yet be delivered is bad for retailers and producers. is dedicated to serving the agricultural industry in the Carolinas and Virginia with the latest ag news, exclusive regional weather station readings, and key crop market information. The website is a companion of the Southern Farm Network, provider of daily agricultural radio programming to the Carolinas since 1974. presents radio programs, interviews and news relevant to crop and livestock production and research throughout the mid-Atlantic agricultural community.