ERIC Number: ED027415
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1966-Mar
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The Low-Income Farmer in a Changing Society.
Fliegel, Frederick C.
To identify some major differences among low-income farmers, and delineate that group representing the real core of the persistently poor, data were obtained from 189 farm operators representing a stratified random sample in Fayette County, Pennsylvania in 1957. The five main categories of individuals identified were: (1) the aged, (2) the physically handicapped, (3) the farm operator primarily oriented to non-farm opportunities, (4) the farm operator oriented to commercial agriculture, and (5) the farm operator oriented to subsistence agriculture. The characteristics of the core of low-income subsistence farmers who normally do not respond to either welfare or economic development efforts were examined in greater detail. It was found that they (1) retained traditional values while having lost many traditional subsistence skills, (2) failed to respond to greater agricultural efficiency and productivity efforts because commercial success was not highly valued, (3) placed extreme emphasis on neighborliness and friendliness as their primary goals, and (4) must respond to an attempt to change prestige orientation if their cycle of poverty is to be broken. (DM)
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Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park. Pennsylvania Agricultural Experiment Station.
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania