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"Type of farming" as used in this bulletin is a term descriptive of a group of farms similar in size and enterprise combination. Thus a group of farms having the same kind, quantity, and proportion of crops oand livestock may be said to be following the same type of farming. The term "type-of-farming area" refers to an area within which there is a high degree of uniformity in the type of farming practicse and in the physical and economic conditions under which production takes place. This should not be understood to mean that there is absolute uniformity either in farming systems or in other conditions. Such uniformity is rarely if ever found in an area of any considerable size. It is necessary therefore, to define a type-of-farming area in terms of the farming system which is dominants in the area.
Differentiating the agriculture of a state into areas in this way affords a much clearer picture of the conditions in different parts. It further gives county agents and other agencies advising the farmer a better idea of the limits within which specific recommendations may apply, and also affords a more accurate basis for making such recommendations.
The data used as a basis for this analysis have been obtained from the following sources: State and Federal Division of Agricultural Statistics; Conservation and Survey Division, University of Nebraska; Reports of the State Board of Agriculture and the Bureau of Labor; Department of Agronomy, Nebraska Agricultural Experiment Station; Bureau of the Census, United States Department of Commerce; Weather Bureau and Bureau of Agricultural Economics of the United States Department of Agriculture.