ERIC Number: ED028386
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967
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The Computer and Linear Programming as Important Instruments for Decision Making Assistance for Farmers.
Harter, Walter George
This was a study to determine if individual linear programs could be made for a heterogeneous group of farmers with varied organizational problems; if extension agents could be trained to interview farmers and collect data sufficiently accurate for linear programing; and whether the results would be logical and acceptable to farm managers. Area extension agents in farm management received training in data collection, then selected and interviewed farmers who were assumed to have complete farm records, were planning changes, and would cooperate with the study. After a few farms had been programed and the results reported, the farmers were presented with two or more solutions. The first (Income over variable expenses) was based on the current farm organization; a modified matrix included one or more activities concerning special organizational questions asked by the farmers. Using these comparisons, farmers were in a strong position to make a decision. Findings on the value of linear programing, on agents as programers and interviewer-counselors, and on the acceptance of programing by farmers tended to be affirmative. (author/ly)
Descriptors: Administrative Problems, Budgeting, Dairy Farmers, Data Collection, Decision Making, Doctoral Dissertations, Expenditures, Extension Agents, Farm Management, Feasibility Studies, Income, Interviews, Investigations, Linear Programing, Rural Extension, Statistical Data
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Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus.
Note: Ph. D. Thesis.