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The Economic Organization of U.S. Broiler Production

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  • MacDonald, James M.

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Broiler production in the United States is coordinated almost entirely through systems of production contracts, in which a grower’s compensation is based, in part, on how the grower’s performance compares with that of other growers. The industry is undergoing a gradual structural change as production shifts to larger broiler enterprises that provide larger shares of an operator’s household income. Larger enterprises require substantially larger investments in broiler housing, and new or retrofitted houses are also an important source of productivity growth in the industry. This report, based on a large and representative survey of broiler operations, describes the industry’s organization, housing features, contract design, fees and enterprise cost structures, and farm and household finances.

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  • MacDonald, James M., 2008. "The Economic Organization of U.S. Broiler Production," Economic Information Bulletin 58627, United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:uersib:58627
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    1. MacDonald, James M. & Key, Nigel D., 2012. "Market Power in Poultry Production Contracting? Evidence from a Farm Survey," Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Southern Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 44(04), November.
    2. Andrew Manale & Cynthia Morgan & Glenn Sheriff & David Simpson, 2011. "Offset markets for nutrient and sediment discharges in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed: Policy tradeoffs and potential steps forward," NCEE Working Paper Series 201105, National Center for Environmental Economics, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, revised Aug 2011.
    3. repec:eee:agisys:v:154:y:2017:i:c:p:145-156 is not listed on IDEAS
    4. Hoppe, Robert A. & MacDonald, James M., 2013. "Updating the ERS Farm Typology," Economic Information Bulletin 147120, United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.

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