The introduction of vertical coordination in the hog industry has provided producers
new business arrangements for raising hogs. While some researchers have elicited
functions for hog producers on the basis of income risk, none have addressed autonomy,
a factor which appears to be important in business arrangement selection for independent
family hog operations. In this study, a method is developed for eliciting a multi-attribute
function with attributes of income and autonomy. Utility functions are elicited for
of Minnesota farrow-to-finish hog producers. For these producers, autonomy dominated
risk as the most important attribute in business arrangement selection.