Policy Documents

No. 103 - Packer Ownership of Hogs: Economic and Political Ramifications

John W. Skorburg –
December 18, 2003

Should meat packers be allowed to own livestock, and hogs in particular? The issue deeply divides farm communities and both political parties in many Midwest states. More than a few politicians get elected by claiming to defend “family farms” from “big corporations.” Powerful trends toward consolidation and corporatization in agriculture create a sense of urgency.