Pork Production in Iowa: An Industry at a Crossroads

Dermot J. Hayes, Daniel M. Otto, John D. Lawrence
January 1996  [96-BP 10]

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Hayes, D.J., D.M. Otto, and J.D. Lawrence. 1996. "Pork Production in Iowa: An Industry at a Crossroads." Briefing paper 96-BP 10. Center for Agricultural and Rural Development, Iowa State University.


In general, economic conditions have favored Iowa as a premier livestock-producing state, but at the same time, government policies have worked against Iowa's livestock-feeding industries. The authors trace Iowa's dilemma as it must decide whether to become self-sufficient in feed, or be one of the last states to serve as an export source.