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ERIC Number: ED141023
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Transfer of Decision Making and Farm Tasks from Father to Son in Father-and-Son Farming Arrangements. RS-51, August 1976.
Coughenour, C. Milton; And Others
The study examined the division of decision-making and farm tasks in a joint father and son enterprise, the extent to which the decisions tended to be shared equally, and the extent to which the principal operator had responsibility for those tasks not shared. Data were collected in 1974 from fathers and sons who were joint operators of 145 farms located in 12 counties and 5 different farming areas of Kentucky. They were asked to respond to 56 questions covering typical farm decisions and tasks in 6 major livestock and crop enterprises--beef cattle, hogs, dairying, tobacco, corn, and soybeans. Respondents indicated whether the decision or task was performed by the father only, father mostly, father and son equally, son mostly, or son only. In order to indicate the process of transfering the principal responsibility for the farming operation, the decisions and tasks were analyzed by age of the father and of the son. Findings included: the joint arrangement was typically informal and verbal rather than expressed in a written document; the father was considered the principal operator on 70% of the farms; the tendency for the father to hold principal operator status declined with increasing age of the father and of his son; principal operator status was associated with a tendency to control unshared tasks and decisions; and the sons' involvement in decisions and tasks increased when he became the principal operator and as the father increased in age regardless of whether the father retained the status of principal operator. (JC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Kentucky Univ., Lexington. Agricultural Experiment Station.
Identifiers - Location: Kentucky