This book examines the impact of the rise and fall of new commodities, production technologies, and shifting government policies on individuals and farm families in the rural South and the interrelationship between agricultural change and community change.
1. The Shifting Role of Agriculture in the Rural South Part I: Quality of Life on the Farm 2. Social Consequences of the Economic Crisis in Agriculture 3. Dilemmas Facing Minority Farm Operators in an Agricultural Crisis 4. After Structural Change: Are Part-Time or Full-Time Farmers Better Off? 5. Quality of Life Perceptions and Farm Structure Part II: The Decline of Agriculture as a Livelihood 6. Trends and Dimensions in U.S. Agricultural Structure 7. The "Disappearing Middle" and Other Myths of the Changing Structure of Agriculture 8. Entry into Farming: Implications of a Dual Agricultural Structure 9. Determinants of Poverty Among Farm Operators in North Carolina 10. Factors in the Success and Survival of Smallholders: A North Carolina Case Study 11. Empirical Analysis of Farm Labor and Agricultural Structure Relationships Part III: Community Changes Stemming from the Agricultural Crisis 12. Agricultural and Rural Community Interdependencies 13. An Assessment of Community Forces and Agricultural Change 14. The Changing Structure of Farmland Ownership in the South Part IV: The Impact of Outside Forces 15. Macroeconomic Policy and the Structure of Agriculture 16. Technological Diffusion: Effects on Productivity, Structure, Firms, and Markets 17. The Need to Rethink Agricultural Policy in General and to Perform Some Radical Surgery on Commodity Programs in Particular 18. Conclusion: The Future of Farming in the South