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Becoming a Contract Grower: Important Integrator Considerations

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The contract between a grower and an integrator is an important business commitment. Before you move right into a contract, there are 4 key areas to consider before signing the dotted line.  
  1. Consider the integrator’s local reputation. Ask current growers about that specific integrator and how they like growing for them. Knowing how they operate and how well they are to work with, makes a big impact on your operation.
     
  2. Determine whether the culture of the integrator aligns with your own. Get to know their expectations and compare those to yours. Assess if they align well or if there are areas that need to be evaluated. Just like in your community, families have varying communication styles and cultures that are more or less like your own. Get to know the integrator and their management team to ensure the right personal fit.
     
  3. Assess the integrator’s building design requirements. For the most part, every integrator has an opinion of how a new barn should be constructed. Some even require you to build your facility a certain way in order to grow for them, this can affect the overall cost of the barn. Barn dimensions, ventilation system, pen size, feeder type and size, etc. can all vary between integrators’ requirements.
     
  4. Evaluate contract terms. It is important to fully understand the contract between you and the integrator.
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