April 21, 2006 -- North America enjoys highly efficient livestock production systems that have adapted and evolved to meet changing conditions. The industry is competitive in the world market, but faces significant opportunities and challenges in both North America and abroad, according to an 18-month study released Tuesday, by Farm Foundation.
The study is believed to be the first to take a comprehensive look at the opportunities and challenges facing the major species of the animal agriculture industry in Canada, Mexico and the United States. The project involved more than 150 individuals from the three countries, representing producers, industry, government agencies and academia.
?This is a critical time for animal agriculture in North America,? states former Congressman Charlie Stenholm who co-chaired the Project Steering Committee. ?(This report) is very comprehensive. It outlines the challenges and identifies some of the choices that need to be made.?
This study does not make policy recommendations. The report highlights commonalties, differences and areas in which future work may be needed.
Study participants examined the industry?s challenges and opportunities in seven basic areas: economics of production; processing and marketing; consumer demands; global competitiveness and trade; food safety and animal health; environmental issues; community and labor; and animal welfare.
The full Farm Foundation report, including an executive summary, is posted at: www.farmfoundation.org.