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Technology, Organization, and Financial Performance in U.S. Broiler Production

by James M. MacDonald

Economic Information Bulletin No. (EIB-126) 53 pp, June 2014

cover image Between 1960 and 1995, U.S. broiler production grew by 5.6 percent per year, but a lack of growth since 2008 has placed new financial pressures on contract growers. This report uses USDA survey data to delineate the key features of the industry’s organization and to analyze its recent financial and productive performance.

Keywords: Broilers, chicken industry, contract growers, production contracts, cost of production, farm finances

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Last updated: Thursday, June 19, 2014

For more information contact: James M. MacDonald