The 20th Century Transformation of U.S. Agriculture and Farm Policy
Dimitri, Carolyn; Effland, Anne; Conklin, Neilson
Economic Information Bulletin #3, June 2005, 17p
The structure of farms, farm households, and the rural communities in which they exist has evolved markedly over the last century. Historical data on a range of farm structure variables—including the value of agricultural production, commodity specialization, farming-dependent counties, and off-farm work—offer a perspective on the long-term forces that have helped shape the structure of agriculture and rural life over the past century. All authors are affiliated with the Economic Research Service of the USDA: Carolyn Dimitri is a specialist on Organic Agriculture & Production, Anne Effland is a subject specialist on Farm & Commodity Policy and Neil Conklin is the Director of ERS’s Market and Trade Economics Division.
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