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Evaluating Economic and Fiscal Impacts of an Evolving Swine Industry.

Lazarus, William F., Diego E. Platas, and George Morse.

Following national trends, the number of larger swine producers in Minnesota has grown rapidly in recent years, while the number of smaller enterprises has declined. Consequently, policy disputes have arisen over the appropriate size of swine production operations in Minnesota based on their relative environmental, social, and economic consequences. This article reports on a study that investigated the regional economic and fiscal impacts of the Minnesota pork production industry's purchases at both the local and state levels. The study considered two types of pork production operatons (farrow-to-finish and finishing) and compared the relative impact of large- and small-scale operations of each type. The study determined that (1) given a constant volume of production for both small and large opertaions, the local (county-level) economic impact is greater with small swine operations, but that workers' wages are better in larger operations, and (2) although there is substantial variation in the amount of inputs and services purchased at the county level by pork production operations of different types and sizes, nearly all inputs and services are purchased in-state. Based on these results, the authors conclude that local governments might logically favor small producers because their impact tends to be more local, while state policy makers might not be concerned about the recent shift to larger operations because the state-level economic impact is not affected appreciably by the shift.

CURA Reporter
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Minneapolis: Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota.
Supported by an Interactive Research Grant from CURA and the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, University of Minnesota, and Minnesota Pork Producers Association.
31 (1): 16-21.
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Reporter 31 (1)