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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS REPORT NO. 53
CO-OPERATlVE EXTENSION SERVICE, UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE AND HOME ECONOMICS AND U. S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE COOPERATING. E. F. FROLIK, DEAN; J . L. ADAMS, DIRECTOR
CORPORATIONS IN AGRICULTURE ● William H. Scofield
SUMMARY OF REMARKS ● Honorable Gaylord Nelson
CAN THE ANTITRUST LAWS PREVENT MONOPOLISTIC FOOD PRICES? ● Willard F. Mueller
WHY CORPORATE FARMING ● David William Seckler
FACTORY FARMS VERSUS FAMILY FARMS … SOME CONCERNS ● Glen J. Vollmar
CAN FAMILY FARMS COMPETE? -- A FARMER'S VIEWPOINT ● Ralph Raikes
CAN FAMILY FARMS COMPETE? - AN ECONOMIC ANALYSIS ● David L. Armstrong
FARM CORPORATIONS - PRESENT AND PROPOSED RESTRICTIVE LEGISLATION ● Neil E. Harl
FEDERAL INCOME TAX LAW AS AN INCENTIVE TO CORPORATE FARMING ● Donald R. Levi
This publication contains the major papers presented and summary of group discussion at a Workshop on Corporation Farming -- What Are the Issues?, held in Chicago, Illinois on April 21-23, 1969.
The purposes of this workshop were:
1. To present latest available information on:
a. Nature, extent and growth rate of such farming enterprises in the Region and the Nation;
b. Reasons why non-farm corporations are going into farming, including farm programs, and possible tax, cost and marketing advantages over family farms;
c. Ability of large-scale family farms to compete successfully now and in the future;
d. Applicability of existing anti-trust laws to monopolistic food pricing;
e. Existing and proposed state and federal laws to prohibit or limit corporation farming.
2. To identify emerging policy issues if this form of business organization seems likely to become increasingly important in American agriculture.
3. To determine existing gaps in information and needed research and education as the basis for public policy decision-making.
The need for such a workshop is demonstrated by widespread concern among farm people, state and federal legislators, church groups and others interested in rural welfare as expressed in public statements; in questions asked of agricultural economists, and in the recent series of hearings held by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin.