Farm Support Services
Companies in this industry provide support services for production of crops, such as planting and harvesting, and support services for production of animals, such as breeding. No major companies dominate the industry.
Worldwide production of crops and animals drives demand for farm support services. The US, China, India, and Brazil are among the top agricultural producers. Production of crops and livestock is expected to expand as rising populations and incomes in developing countries drive demand for food.
The US industry includes about 9,300 establishments (single-location companies and units of multi-location companies)with combined annual revenue of about $14 billion. The industry includes companies that support crop and animal farming operations but don't themselves produce crops, raise farm animals, or own farmland.
Demand is driven by domestic trends in crop and livestock production. The profitability of individual companies depends on establishing a value-added benefit to farms and keeping wages low. Large companies have advantages in vertical integration and in offering a wide range of services. Small companies can compete effectively by specializing in a niche industry or service.
Products, Operations & Technology
Among all US farm support service providers, half specialize in crops and half in livestock; crop-related activities account for the majority of revenue.
Sales & Marketing
Finance & Regulation
Regional & International Issues
Also includes the following chapters:
Quarterly Industry Update
Trends and Opportunities
Call Preparation Questions
Glossary of Acronyms