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Thesis (M.A.)—University of Nebraska—Lincoln, 1940. Department of Rural Economics.


Copyright 1940, the author. Used by permission.


All gradations in farming systems between cash grain production and large cattle feeding establishments are present in Cass and Otoe counties. Therefore, to facilitate a study of the various combinations, the farms are classified into types. Three types of farms, grain, general, and livestock, have been arranged with arbitrary limits so that a reasonably representative sample falls within each group. A preliminary phase of the study attempts to compare three methods of determining types of farms. Another phase deals with the extent of grain, general, and livestock farming in this area by groups of years similar in price level and production. An analysis is made to try to identify any significant shifting in types of farming between groups of years. The third objective is an attempt to determine what relationships exist between types of farms, size of farms, and labor incomes.

Finally the study includes an analysis of specialized farms within types, that is, those farms characterized by relatively heavy production of cattle, hogs, corn, or wheat.

The source of the data consists of 827 farm account records from Cass and Otoe counties. The data cover the 12 year period from 1928 to 1939, inclusive.

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