Shrinking livestock inventories threaten the U.S. food economy, and excessive regulations on agriculture exacerbate the problem threatening our export markets, according to a new report from the United Soybean Board (USB).

The report, titled “The Consumer and Food Safety Costs of Offshoring Animal Agriculture,” documents how the costs of regulation on production agriculture result in higher prices for consumers and weaken the ability of U.S. producers to compete in international markets.