Iowa Pork Producers Input Sought

IOWA - Hoping to shed light on the future of Iowa's pork industry, the Drake University Law School is conducting a survey for hog farmers as part of its Agricultural Law Center's research program.
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Members of the Law School's Agricultural Law Center are encouraging Iowa hog farmers to go online this month to take a five-minute survey to assist in the research project. Farmers can access the survey at by clicking here.

"Iowa's pork industry is going through another major transition," said Neil Hamilton, law professor and director of the AgriculturalLawCenter.

"Our goal is to capture the type of decisions hog farmers are going to make in the next 12 months and to provide them with legal tools for making those decisions," he added.

The center's research is particularly focused on agreements farmers are making regarding production, facilities and manure disposal.

"We're definitely seeing some decision-making being driven by recent changes in Iowa's swine industry," said Matt Russell, state food policy project coordinator and field researcher on the pork project.

Of special interest are the manure agreements being used now that the manure may have become nearly as valuable as the hogs that produced it.

Later this year, the center will report on the results from the online survey and provide online tools and information for hog farmers and for those who serve them.

This research is supported by the Smithfield Swine Industry Enhancement Grant Program through the Iowa Attorney General's office.
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