Two recent meat industry transactions have enhanced long-term value for both livestock producers and the stakeholders in the meat processor. Each of these transactions has provided livestock producers with a closer link to consumers. By differentiating their products for select retail channels, these producers continue to capture above-average returns. These transactions also increase shareholder value of livestock producers by providing continued market access and market price stability.The Sioux-Preme transaction--funded partially by a unique, private equity capital pool in Iowa, the tecTERRA Food Capital Fund--involves: