Feasibility of Broiler Production in Iowa, The

Dermot J. Hayes
December 1996  [96-BP 13]

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Hayes, D.J. 1996. "Feasibility of Broiler Production in Iowa, The." Briefing paper 96-BP 13. Center for Agricultural and Rural Development, Iowa State University.


This study updates a 1986 Iowa State University study that showed that an Iowa-based broiler industry would be financially successful. However, while the U.S. broiler industry has grown enormously, Iowa still imports almost all of the retail-ready broilers consumed in the state. The author examines current attitudes of broiler industry executives and the legal environment in Iowa. The study reveals some deterrents as well as some benefits to such an industry.