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Thesis (M.S.)—University of Nebraska—Lincoln, 1961. Department of Agricultural Economics.


Copyright 1961, the author. Used by permission.


Wheat production in the United States has for some time exceeded the demand for domestic consumption and export. Acres diverted from wheat production as a result of government controls have gone mainly into feed grain production causing some surplus problems in these commodities. Storage costs of surplus farm commodities are estimated to exceed one million dollars per day. Widespread public interest is present in regard to the treasury cost of farm programs and surpluses.

Both administrators and farmers are concerned about the adjustments in organization that would be most profitable under various wheat programs. Administrators wish to implement the program which would be most effective in alleviating the before mentioned problems. Farmers need to know the most profitable farm organization for the program which is enacted.

The primary concern in this study is to analyze the impact of various proposed government wheat programs on farm organization and net farm income. The study of this problem will be confined to Nebraska Economic Area 5 as used by the Federal Census. These 11 counties in the south central part of the state contain 8 percent of the total land area in Nebraska.

The specific objectives of this study are:

  1. To determine the adjustments in organization on typical farms representing the area under each of 8 alternative government wheat programs.

  2. To appraise the effect of these adjustments on net farm income.

  3. To provide useful data for further utilization in aggregation studies of the impact of government programs on agriculture as a whole.

Advisor: Abram W. Epp