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Marketing Arrangement Fact Sheets

A series of fact sheets, produced by the Livestock Marketing Information Center (LMIC), discusses the economic aspects of alternative marketing arrangements for livestock and meat. The fact sheets are based on a recent USDA Grain Inspection, Packers, and Stockyard Administration study of livestock and meat marketing.

The study focused on marketing arrangements used as alternatives to the cash market. The study was requested by Congress in response to concerns over “captive supply,” a term used for arrangements that give packers control over livestock more than 14 days prior to slaughter.

The first four fact sheets are available on the LMIC Web site:

  • Background on Proposed Livestock Marketing Arrangements Legislation
  • Alternative Marketing Arrangements in the Beef Industry: Definition, Use, and Motives
  • Downstream Meat Marketing Practices: Lessons Learned from the Livestock and Meat Marketing Study
  • Alternative Marketing Arrangements in the Lamb Industry: Definition, Use and Motives

LMIC members include state land-grant universities, USDA agencies, and private sector organizations. NIFA is a prominent participant in, and supporter of, the LMIC.


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