Project ID

M2006-03

Abstract

Quality management systems programs were used to help farmers (niche market producers, a Midwest cooperative of pork producers, and other livestock producers) improve their management techniques and cost-control skills and increase market access.

Key Question

Will livestock producers adopt a systematic management approach of continuous improvement and document their production practices to refine their management and satisfy requirements of customers?

Findings

Farmers react to market access requirements but are reluctant to develop and implement formal management systems without an immediate payoff. Early adopters of quality management systems will be better able to react to market opportunities than will those that have to adopt before they qualify.

Principal Investigator(s)

John Lawrence

Co-Investigator(s)

John Mabry, Mary Holz-Clause

Year of Grant Completion

2009

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