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Farm Support Services

10 Pages First Research, Inc. July 13, 2015 SKU: FRRS5621805

Farm Support Services

Brief Excerpt from Industry Overview Chapter:

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, crop and livestock producers, which drive demand for farm support services, generate nearly $2 trillion in revenue. The US, China, India, Brazil, and Argentina are among the top agricultural producers. Production of crops and livestock is expected to expand as rising incomes in developing countries drive food demand.

The US has about 8,300 farm support services companies, which together generate annual revenue of more than $13 billion.

This industry includes companies that support crop and animal farming operations but don't themselves produce crops, raise farm animals, or own farmland.

COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

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. Major services include post-harvest crop activities like drying, cleaning, shelling, sorting, grading, and packing; and animal support activities like breeding livestock and treating animals for pests. Other offerings include soil preparation services like plowing and...

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Farm Support Services

First Research, Inc.
July 13, 2015

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