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Thesis (M.S.)—University of Nebraska—Lincoln, 1953. Department of Vocational Education.


Copyright 1953, the author. Used by permission.


This study was the outgrowth of a felt need to secure concrete evidence for the development of a currently applicable curriculum for young farmer and adult classes in Buffalo County, Nebraska.

The study sets forth the more important problems of beginning farmers, first by areas and then the more specific difficulties. It should provide valuable data for Buffalo County vocational agriculture and veteran agriculture teachers in setting up or planning veteran, adult or young farmer courses of study. Teaching programs aimed at rectifying prevailing known weaknesses are justifiable and should be encouraged.

The purpose of the study was to determine the areas and phases of farming which presented the greatest difficulties to young beginning farmers and to secure concrete evidence on which to base a course of study for them.

The extent of the study area covered Buffalo County, Nebraska. The scope of the personnel included all personnel under thirty-one years of age who were non-partner, full time farmers having started farming independently within the last four years, 1948-1951 inclusive.

Advisor: C. C. Minteer