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Thesis (M.S.)—University of Nebraska—Lincoln, 1959. Department of Agricultural Economics.


Copyright 1959, the author. Used by permission.


The primary object of this study is to determine how net farm income can be allocated over a series of years in such a way that operators may meet family expenses and debt obligations in periods of low yields.Another objective is to analyze some of the problems and present ways and means of increasing the stability of farm income of the transitional area.This will be presented by:

  1. Analyzing the variability and sequence patterns in rainfall which contribute to the high degree of uncertainty in the area.

  2. Suggesting plans that will assist farm operators, landlords, and agricultural agencies in developing and maintaining a farming system which would aid in stabilizing income at a desirable level.

Stability of income rather than guaranteeing a particular level of income will be the main goal of this project.

Sherman County, Nebraska was selected as the area of study. Examples of 480-acre hypothetical farms were used and most of the pertinent budgeting information was obtained from past surveys conducted in the county.Supplementary information was obtained from weather records, Nebraska Agriculture Statistics, publications of the United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Experiment Station and Extension Service bulletins and personal interviews with specialists in the Agronomy and Animal Husbandry Departments of the College of Agriculture at the University of Nebraska.

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