Should Iowa support more CAFOs? - Hayes

March 12, 2018

Dr. Dermot HayesDermot Hayes, professor, was interviewed for a March 8, 2018, Des Moines Register story "Iowa could support 45700 CAFOs, but should it?"

Hayes, who conducted an economic analysis for the company, said Iowa Select will go from producing 8 percent to 14 percent of Iowa's pork when its expansion is completed, based on 2015 levels. Hayes disagrees that new processing plants are pushing Iowa's hog production higher.

"It's strong profits over the past three years that's fueling recent confinement expansion. Fundamentally, Iowa's pork industry is growing because they're making money," said Hayes, who is selling about 3 acres to Iowa Select for a facility near Clarion.

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