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Thesis (M.A.)—University of Nebraska—Lincoln, 1957. Department of Agricultural Economics.


Copyright 1957, the author. Used by permission.


The objectives of this study are to describe the growth of government activities with respect to dairy products during the last two decades; to examine the institutional arrangements whereby the various Federal agencies obtain funds, purchase, sell, or finance the distribution of dairy products; and to appraise the overall impact of governmental activities on the national dairy industry.

For the purposes of this study, Federal Government activities will be those concerned with the (1) purchase and consumption of dairy products by agencies which are regular consumers (Armed Forces, Veterans Hospitals, Federal prison system, and Federal hospitals), and (2) purchase and disposal of dairy products through price support, surplus removal, and other related programs.

Correspondence with government personnel and interviews with local government employees and dairy plant managers were used to elaborate on certain aspects of government activities, government procurement methods and their impact on the Lincoln, Nebraska market.

It is hoped that this study will be helpful in providing an understanding of the complexity and inter-relationship of the various institutional arrangements, and give some clarity and order to our knowledge of these arrangements.

Advisor: Ernest Feder