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.
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?
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.
John Mabry, Mary Holz-Clause
Year of Grant Completion
Lawrence, John; Mabry, John W.; and Holz-Clause, Mary, "Functional quality management systems for livestock producers" (2009). Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports. 327.