With a highly-concentrated industry and uncontrolled lobbying on elected officials, there is no way for ordinary people to expect their voices to be heard over the sounds of spending by huge vested interests. This document provides an overview of agribusiness spending in the 2016 election cycle. Read more.
By David A Domina & C Robert Taylor, PhD Livestock economists who look only at cash movement and do not analyze profitability outcome sometimes conclude that the effect of market power and captive supplies is “small.” They dismiss this “small” impact lightly, but ignore the fact that the impact they concede is the difference between profit and loss – the economic equivalent of the difference between life and death. Read more.
Marketing agreements harm feeders selling on the cash market, and they also harm captive feeders who participate in these marketing agreements. This document explains how these agreements work. Read more.
Value-based marketing, or social responsibility marketing, appeals to consumers’ ethics and values. Proposed GIPSA rules, which would provide basic protections for poultry growers, signal a beginning, not an end to value-based marketing. Read more.