Hog farming, a least profitable industryWhile economists have said the U.S. has actually emerged from its recession, IBISWorld Research has identified four industries that will likely be mired in recession-like conditions over the next three years. Unfortunately, not all industries can be as profitable as IBIS's picks on the positive side.

Hog and Pig Farming – It will be even tougher for those who raise pigs for a living to bring home the bacon in the future. With healthy eating trends lowering demand, swine flu scares and ever-increasing costs for feed, the industry expects a 5% loss in profits over the next three years.

Boat Building – An expected 9.5% loss in profits scuttles any thoughts this industry had about smooth sailing coming out of the recession. Lower demand for a high-maintenance luxury items like yachts is the primary culprit.







Hay and Other Crop Farming
– Bad weather, including flooding and other natural disasters have made all types of farming a risky proposition over the last year. The industry expects a 5.3% loss in profits as the cost of equipment and seed continue to rise.

Postal Services – It appears mail carriers aren't getting bitten only by dogs lately but also by new technology and labor issues. The U.S. Postal Service continues to lose revenues as more people turn to email instead of stamps to deliver information. USPS controls 100% of this market and expects a 5% loss in revenues as it continues to try and rein in rising pension obligations and other operational costs.

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sdfdssg87

USPS is OK, good and fair prices for everything...FEDEX and UPS that's different story way over priced shipping is only for make it big profit and that's is not going to work because U.S. peoples already don't have the mnoney to pay that high prices, I always say Competition and Capitalizm is ok ''ONLY'' if weekly check folow all raising prices from private Business, weekly check from workers don't folow that in the past 20 to 30 years and here we go now $2,4 Trillion in personal debts because of that, because people don't have money to pay for all living stuff and use CREDIT and that's wrong.... Personal CREDIT is the only problem in this system, if we move Personal Credit from the system all prices going down or weekly check going up very fast to catch all prices, if not %95 can't buy and spend enough to move this Economy...so %5 rich is not going to cry is going to give some of money for regular people because rich and all big corporations way of ''GREED'' simple as that and by the way all this big business use tax payer money to run business in here so time come to split this in much real deal...so in the end CREDIT out and everything will be back likes before where peoples not have debt and buy with ''REAL'' own money...

October 09 2010 at 4:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
brehas2

Hey Mr. Postmaster, Why not make night deliveries to make the PO survive. We don't want to lose its services. Adopt a Fedex type system and renew or streamline its services. Competition is healthy. Use airlines. I'm sure the Feds can afford airline services. International and internal. Start with the internal state air lines first.

October 09 2010 at 1:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
CinCydude61

The post office has made their projections based upon annual salary increases of 7%. 4.25 in raises and 2.8 in COLA. Both of those are laughably unrealistic. You can find that on the OIG report. They know there is no way salaries will increase that much, but they are trying to make things sound so horrible that even a bad performance sounds (relatively) good.

October 08 2010 at 11:29 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
tsmomfla

Postal rates are so high anymore that we cannot afford to mail anything, unless there is no online option. I used to buy and sell on ebay a lot...now I never use ebay because the postage is more than the product you are buying or selling. I was happy to see that the new stamp rate that the PO wanted was turned down. Their greediness has destroyed their own viability. I believe that Saturday delivery is a waste of money and if that ended permanently, there would be a lot more money in the coffers. But this is just another gov't agency...need I say more?

October 08 2010 at 11:28 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Bryan

POSTAL SERVICE...... WHAT THE F@#$ IT'S THE GOV'T....IT'S THE DIRECTION OUR HEALTH CARE IS HEADED..... I'M SICK OF THE GOV'T CATTERING TO THE PANTS ON THE GROUND VOTERS !!!!!

October 08 2010 at 9:06 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
ironmikemiata

While I may not be a farmer,I'm begining to take seeds from the fruits & veggies I get at the supermarket.The time has come to reconsider the "Victory Garden" once again

October 08 2010 at 8:24 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
kingcottonton5

HERE PIG-E,PIG-E

October 08 2010 at 8:16 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
skygill

Well we have seen what happens when the government farms out the Afghan war. Lets hope they do not farm out USPS. USPS is a great system, there are flaws; but it is the last of America's great institutions.

October 08 2010 at 8:13 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
kingcottonton5

SOME LIKE IT`SOME DON`T...I WORK FOR THE POST OFFICE` I DO THE YARD WORK,MY JOB WILL STAY!!!

October 08 2010 at 6:39 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
wongtpa

Anything Obama has an effect on will suffer!

October 08 2010 at 5:52 PM Report abuse +8 rate up rate down Reply
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sunchld0

They said the same thing about George Bush. Americans tend to blame whoever is in the White House, that's nothing new.

October 08 2010 at 7:17 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply