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Economic trends in U.S. agriculture and food systems since World War II
Hallberg, M. C. (Milton C.)
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Ames : Iowa State University Press, [2001]

Physical Description:
ix, 179 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm
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HD1761 .H3529 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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By examining the fluctuations of the agriculture sector over the last 50 years, Economic Trends in US Agriculture and Food Systems Since World War II is able to give its readers a better glimpse at the future of farming.

Author Milton C. Hallberg details the past and potential changes in the number of farms and farm size; farm income and expenses and wealth of farm families; and prices received, prices paid, and variability of prices. Through countless graphics and tables, Hallberg clearly presents his case for continued inoovations and beneficial policies.

This book is intended to be a resource for students of agriculture but followers of agricultural history will also find it worthwhile reading.

Author Notes

Milton C. Hallberg is professor emeritus of agricultural economics at Pennsylvania State University. His research focuses on public policy issues in U.S. agriculture, including the role and impact of nonfarm income in farm families; biotechnologies' ethical, technical, and market consequences; and changing trade relationships with the European Union, Canada, and Latin America

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
1. Introductionp. 3
2. Agriculture's Importance in the National Economy and Political Climatep. 7
3. Farm Numbers and Sizesp. 13
4. Farm Family Income and Wealthp. 21
5. Farm Ownership, Tenancy, and Typep. 27
6. Resource Use in Agriculturep. 31
7. Farm Assets and Farm Debtp. 35
8. Prices: Received, Paid, and Variabilityp. 41
9. Agricultural Productivity and Its Implications for Farmersp. 47
10. Agricultural Exports and Importsp. 55
11. Total and Government Stocks of Agricultural Commoditiesp. 59
12. Government Support for Farmersp. 61
13. Agricultural Cooperativesp. 67
14. Domestic Consumption of Food Products and Food Marketing Costsp. 71
15. Food-Processing, Wholesaling, and Retailing Industriesp. 79
16. Summaryp. 85