Economics Department, South Dakota State University
livestock production, rural economics, farm jobs
Value-added agriculture ventures are generally touted as being positive for a region’s economy. A product formerly shipped elsewhere may now be processed or modified locally or regionally, providing additional employment and related economic activity. Ethanol production, for example, disrupts the pattern of sending corn out of a region, but usually occurs where corn production is already prevalent. Consider, instead, the implications of a new livestock production facility. In this article, observations are made at the state and county levels related to livestock ventures. Kingsbury County is examined for potential effects on the production agriculture (or farming) sector. A livestock venture likely has more complex effects on a region than a processing venture, especially when considering differences between rural and urban employment patterns.
Diersen, Matthew A., "Complex Effects of Value-Added Livestock Ventures" (2016). Economics Commentator. 548.