Presents the latest findings on past changes in structure, the factors that lead to structural change, its effect on societal welfare and what will happen to the structure of agriculture in the years ahead. The book provides insights on issues such as the family farm, the industrialization of agriculture and the impact of agricultural technology on the environment.
Table of Contents
The Importance of Size and Structure in U.S. Agriculture ,Arne Hallam. ;Farm Structure: Concept and Definition ,B. F. Stanton. ;The Structure of Agriculture in an Historical Context ,Wayne D. Rassmussen and B. F. Stanton. ;Changes in Farm Size and Structure in American Agriculture in the Twentieth Century ,B. F. Stanton. ;Recent Changes in Size and Structure of Agriculture: A Study of Selected States in the North Central Region ,Robert H. Hornbaker and Steven R. Denault. ;The Production Cost-Size Relationship: Measurement Issues and Estimates for Three Major Crops ,Mary C. Ahearn, Gerald W. Whittaker, and Hisham El-Osta. ;Economies of Size: Theory, Measurement, and Related Issues ,A. Hallam. ;Empirical Studies of Size, Structure, and Efficiency in Agriculture ,A. Hallam. ;Why Are Some Farms More Successful Than Others? A Review ,Glenn Fox, Philip A. Bergen, and Ed Dickson. ;Use of Firm-Level Agricultural Data Collected and Managed at the State Level for Studying Farm Size Issues ,George L. Casler. ;Micro-Level Agricultural Data Collected and Managed by the Federal Government ,James D. Johnson. ;Technology and Its Impact on American Agriculture ,Marvin T. Batte and Roger Johnson. ;Government Commodity Program Impacts on Farm Numbers ,Luther G. Tweeten. ;Implications of Tax Policy for Farm Structure ,Joseph A. Atwood, Vincent H. Smith, Myles J. Watts, Glen A. Helmers, and Boris Bravo-Ureta. ;Structural Implications of Agricultural Finance ,Cole R. Gustafson and Peter J. Barry. ;A Changing Food and Agribusiness Sector: Its Impacts on Farm Structure ,Michael A. Hudson, Bruce J. Sherrick, and Michael A. Mazzocco. ;Structural Diversity Under Risk: Choice of Durable Assets ,Lindon J. Robison. ;Empirical Analysis of Tenure Patterns and Farm Structure ,Larry Janssen. ;The Structure of Families and Changes in Farm Organization and Structure ,L. Janssen, Ron G. Stover, and Virginia L. Clark. ;Structural Change in Farming and Its Relationship to Rural Communities ,Thomas A. Carlin and William E. Saupe. ;Farm Structure and Stewardship of the Environment ,Jay Dee Atwood and A. Hallam. ;Projections of Structural Change and the Future of American Agriculture ,Kent D. Olson and B. F. Stanton.