Agricultural Economics Department


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News Article


Farm and Ranch Management, September 7, 2020.

DOI: 10.32873/unl.dc.frm00024.

This article was first published by Nebraska Pork Talk.

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There is strong local and national interest in adding hog barns to existing row crop operations. Declining on farm income over the past several years has accelerated this interest. Grain operations cite diversifying farm income, adding another family to the farm operation, and/or replace commercial fertilizer expense as the primary reasons for adding a hog barn.

While there is industry demand to increase hog contract growing, these agreements can possess significant benefits and risks to producers. This is the first of a four part series which will discuss some financial and legal implications of adding a hog barn to an existing grain operation. In this first part, I discuss how the type of hog operations in the US have changed over time, where hogs are raised in Nebraska, and how Nebraska compares to other states.