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Using USDA’s ARMS data for 2003-2011 and the DuPont expansion financial model, we determine the extent and location of U.S. broiler farms and estimate the drivers of farm profitability, asset turnover, solvency, and return on equity. We find that farm size, diversification, and broiler housing vintage are the major drivers of farm financial performance, so these factors will likely have the greatest impact on U.S. broiler production in an increasingly competitive broiler trade market. Furthermore, region, farmer age, and off-farm employment are additional farm financial performance drivers that have implications for international competitiveness.

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