ERIC Number: ED164173
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Feb
Reference Count: 0
A Comparative Study of Small, Part-Time, Retirement and Large Farms: Three Counties in Central and West Tennessee.
Woodworth, Roger C.; And Others
Personal interviews with 344 randomly selected farm operators in three Tennessee counties revealed differences in the characteristics, aspirations, and attitudes of large, small, part time, and retired farmers. These differences are important in understanding agricultural potentials, the impact of agricultural programs, and the future structure of agriculture in Tennessee. Significant age differences were determined, with only six percent of the operators of small farms under 45 years of age compared to 34 percent of the part time operators and 42 percent of the large farm operators. Continuity of farm operations among generations was much higher for large farms. Farmers with less than an eighth grade education made up 54 percent of the small farm category, 40 percent of the part time, and 24 percent of the large farm group. Sixty percent of the large full time farmers used long term credit, compared to 26 percent of the small farmers, 39 percent of the part time, and nine percent of the retired farmers. Seventy-five percent of the operators of small farms said they would not mortgage their farm to purchase more land, compared to 56 percent of the operators of large farms. Twenty-two tables present data on each of the four categories in such areas as characteristics of household heads, percentage of types of farms, land resource and use, crop practices, number of beef cattle, insurance, attitudes toward risk and credit, off farm work and income, and changes in the last five years. (DS)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A