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Thesis (M.S.)—University of Nebraska—Lincoln, 1964. Department of Agricultural Economics.


Copyright 1964, the author. Used by permission.


Comparatively little is known about the characteristics of farm youth who enter the farm labor force as compared to the characteristics of those who choose nonfarm occupations or the factors inducing these decisions.

This thesis is a pilot study attempting to identify and evaluate those factors important in influencing farm boys to decide to become farmers. The study will include consideration of the following objectives: (1) To identify and describe personal and environmental factors which influence farm youths selection of a farm or nonfarm career; (2) To gain insight into the differences between farm youth choosing farm and nonfarm occupations; (3) To discuss the opportunities and obstacles facing those who choose to farm; (4) To compare the characteristics of those choosing to farm with the anticipated requirements for operating farms of the future; (5) To offer suggestions for improving occupational selection permitting more efficient allocation of human resources among farm and nonfarm sectors with regard to present and future occupational requirements and opportunities and with consideration of the individuals’ interests and abilities.

Advisor:Loyd K. Fischer