ERIC Number: ED192952
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Missouri Small Farm Family Program. Revised.
Enlow, George; And Others
Records maintained by rural extension designees on the Missouri Small Farm Family Program, (initiated in 1972 by the cooperative extension service to help low income farm families learn to use available resources to improve their quality of life) provided data re: family characteristics, farm improvement progress, and improvement in the quality of life of participating families. About half of the heads of household and homemakers were 45 years old or less and had at least a high school education; approximately one-third of the reporting families had 5-10 years of farming experience, and the head of household also had off-the-farm employment. In order to increase income, most families had to expand present enterprises or add new ones. Raising swine and beef cows, dairying, and improving land use for hay and pasturing were among the primary enterprises. Forty percent of the families increased their net income, worth and savings over the previous year, indicating that better management can increase income. Improvement in the quality of life was appraised by assessing the increase in home gardening, which reduced food costs, improved diet and health, and provided enjoyable family activities; and the improvement of family resources, which increased food preservation and production, improved farm and home record management, and promoted home weatherization practices. (JD)
Descriptors: Adult Farmer Education, Agricultural Production, Agriculture, Economic Status, Extension Agents, Family Characteristics, Family Financial Resources, Farm Management, Homemaking Skills, Low Income Groups, Postsecondary Education, Quality of Life, Rural Extension, Rural Family
Extension Information, 1-98 Agriculture Building, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Lincoln Univ., Jefferson City, MO. Extension Div.; Missouri Univ., Columbia. Extension Div.
Identifiers: Missouri; Off Farm Employment; Small Farm Family Program
Note: Not available in paper copy due to publisher's preference. For related document, see ED 186 165.