Agricultural Economics Department


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Published in Cornhusker Economics, 12/04/2002. Produced by the Cooperative Extension, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Nebraska–Lincoln.


In a recently completed study on the effect of Initiative 300 on the structure of Nebraska's cattle feeding industry, agricultural economists, Azzeddine M. Azzam from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and John R. Schroeter from Iowa State University, in cooperation with UNL Ag Law specialist, David Aiken, found no statistical difference between how the size of feedlots has evolved in Nebraska and how they've evolved in other major cattle feeding states (Colorado, Kansas and Texas) that have no restrictions on corporate investment in cattle feeding. All four states studied have seen a trend of larger feedlots supplanting small-scale operations. The study was funded by a competitive National Research Initiative grant. USDA’s Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service awarded the grant last year to the three professors.