First published in 1970. The aim of this book is to provide an introduction to the special problems of agriculture in modern economies. The author writes for students of economics who have already acquired the elements of economic theory; no attempt is made, therefore, to explain simple theoretical concepts, but instead these are used in the analysis of some of the main problems of agricultural adjustment.
Emphasis is placed on the position of agriculture in the economies of western Europe and of the United States. Sufficient historical background is given to explain the present use of the factors of production in agriculture and the way in which this use and policies of agricultural support vary from one country to another. Agricultural support policies are discussed with reference to their effect on consumers, producers and on rural society.
Introduction; 1. Some Types of Agricultural Organization 2. The Factors of Production in Agriculture 3. The Demand for Agricultural Products 4. The Supply of Agricultural Products 5. Agricultural Marketing 6. International Trade in Agricultural Products 7. States and Farmers; Suggestions for Further Reading; Index