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Farm Household's Adjustments to Changing Economic Conditions: Highlights of 1986 Farm Survey

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Title: Farm Household's Adjustments to Changing Economic Conditions: Highlights of 1986 Farm Survey
Author: Leholm, A .G.; Vreugdenhil, H.G.; Leistritz, F.L.; Ekstrom, B.L.
Description: This article is a comprehensive summary of survey results from the March 1986 follow-up survey of over 900 North Dakota farmers initially contacted in March and April 1985. That year 933 farmers and ranchers were surveyed regarding their 1984 financial and other socio-economic characteristics, such as their off-farm employment histories and trade patterns. Causes of the farm situation, attitudes about farming and farmers, financial assistance policies, management adjustment strategies and the effects on personal lives are presented in this paper. Most farmers and ranchers agreed that high interest rates and low commodity prices were to blame for the then present current financial situation in agriculture, that agriculture is vital to the nation's economy, that the family farm is rapidly going out of existence and that farmers should organize to bargain for the price of farm products. Many farmers were working on the development of management strategies to address the financial crunch and most surveyed believed that they had been personally or emotionally affected by the financial climate in agriculture.
Date: 1986
Subject: Families
Economics
Permalink: http://hdl.handle.net/10365/8090

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