ERIC Number: ED190319
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Part-Time Farming and the Rural Community.
Heffernan, William D.; Green, Gary
In order to assess the impact of the growing number of part-time farm families on the nature of social relations in rural communities, part-time and full-time farmers from five counties in South-Central Missouri were compared on three aspects: (1) community integration; (2) perceived benefits from rural living; and (3) goals and priorities they had for the local community. Data were obtained only from townships that did not have a town or village of more than 500 people. Part-time and full-time farmer respondents were divided into three categories according to migration status (which was used as a control variable throughout the analysis): those who had lived in the area seven years or less; those who had lived in the area eight or more years; and lifelong residents. Few differences were found between the groups in regard to the three comparisons. There was some difference between the part-time and full-time farmers in regard to their wishes on attractlng more people, tourists, and industry, and also whether additional tax monies should be spent to improve schools. It appeared, however, that a movement toward more part-time farming would have little social consequence for a rural community which had already been integrated into the larger urban social organization. (AN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Missouri Univ., Columbia. Office of Rural Development.; Missouri Univ., Columbia. Extension Div.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Impact Studies; Missouri
Note: Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Rural Sociological Society (Ithaca, NY, August 19-23, 1980).