ERIC Number: ED039368
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Dec
Reference Count: 0
The Flow of Agricultural Manpower: Its Vocational and Educational Correlates. Final Report.
Marvin, R. Paul; Gilbertson, Osmond
To determine if rural secondary schools were a feasible source of agricultural manpower flow characteristics, 1,302 farmers from 27 southern Minnesota schools were identified on the basis of 1965-1967 school census data. Questionnaires were sent to a random sample of 279, which was divided into those becoming established, those leaving farming, and those not moving for 6 years. A descriptive analysis of the 23.6 percent return yielded these traits: (1) Those becoming established were the youngest group and had the highest level of educational attainment, (2) Those leaving farming operated considerably smaller farms and had greater reliance on government subsidies, hired help, and commitment to off-farm work, and (3) Those not moving for 6 years had the greatest net worth and least dependency on credit, and a higher proportion were farm owners. Future studies should: (1) concentrate only on those leaving agriculture or those entering, (2) determine size of the family in which husband or wife was reared and if there had been financial assistance from the family, and (3) obtain more quantitative measurements of participation with farmer's age and status. (SB)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., St. Paul.