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An Examination Of Trends In Geographic Concentration In U.S. Hog Production, 1974-96

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  • Hubbell, Bryan J.
  • Welsh, Rick

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Geographic concentration in U.S. hog production from 1974-96 is investigated using a measure based on Theil's entropy index. For the U.S. as a whole, geographic concentration is occurring at a slow rate, both for hog farms and hog numbers. However, for particular states, primarily in the new Southern Atlantic production region, concentration is high and increasing at a rapid pace. Concentration was increasing for the 23-year period for 16 out of the 20 states in the analysis. Results indicate that geographic concentration by augmentation is occurring to the greatest degree in Arkansas, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania.

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Article provided by Southern Agricultural Economics Association in its journal Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics.

Volume (Year): 30 (1998)
Issue (Month): 02 (December)
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Handle: RePEc:ags:joaaec:15566

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Keywords: Entropy; Geographic concentration; Hog production; Livestock Production/Industries;

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  2. Peterson, Hikaru Hanawa, 2002. "Geographic Changes In U.S. Dairy Production," 2002 Annual meeting, July 28-31, Long Beach, CA 19792, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
  3. Sneeringer, Stacy E., 2009. "Effects of Environmental Regulation on Economic Activity and Pollution in Commercial Agriculture," 2009 Annual Meeting, January 31-February 3, 2009, Atlanta, Georgia 46591, Southern Agricultural Economics Association.
  4. Adhikari, Bishwa B. & Harsh, Stephen B. & Cheney, Laura Martin, 2003. "Factors Affecting Regional Shifts Of U.S Pork Production," 2003 Annual meeting, July 27-30, Montreal, Canada 22200, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
  5. Rios, Ana R. & Gray, Allan W., 2005. "U.S. Agriculture: Commercial and Large Producer Concentration and Implications for Agribusiness Segments," 2005 Annual meeting, July 24-27, Providence, RI 19136, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
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