ERIC Number: ED241231
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Potential Effect of Small-Farm Technical Assistance Programs on Public Revenue Accounts. Staff Paper 101.
Smith, Eldon D.; And Others
Public investment in technical assistance to limited-resource farmers may be completely consistent with hard-headed taxpayer self-interest, because such investment provides a way for the impoverished to raise their incomes so they will no longer draw public-assistance benefits and will contribute more to financing public services by paying additional taxes. Conventional extension technical-assistance programs rarely reach under-educated, limited-resource farmers, so extension programs have recently recognized the necessity for more personal, on-site instruction. Paraprofessional aides recruited from among better-educated, more progressive farmers have been used with apparent success. Results of a 1977 survey of 120 low-income, eastern Kentucky farmers indicated that (1) genuine opportunities for improving net farm incomes exist which could make more than half of present welfare recipients ineligible for benefits; (2) even with much-improved management, a substantial number of farm families would remain eligible for some public assistance; and (3) a 50% improvement in the net public-sector accounts position would justify expenditures on technical assistance well above the average annual costs of $220 per farm (1977 dollars) incurred in Missouri's small-farm program, even if potential demonstration effects on other low-income farms and farm families are ignored. (MH)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Adult Education, Adult Farmer Education, Change Strategies, Economic Status, Educational Strategies, Extension Education, Farm Management, Farm Visits, Farmers, Low Income Groups, Paraprofessional Personnel, Rural Education, Rural Farm Residents, Taxes, Technical Assistance, Welfare Recipients, Welfare Services
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Kentucky Univ., Lexington. Dept. of Agricultural Education.
Identifiers: Appalachia; Income Improvement; Kentucky (East)
Note: For related documents, see RC 014 651-654.