ERIC Number: ED241232
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Technical Aid to the Rural Farm Poor: Can It Make Economic Sense? Agricultural Economics Extension No. 53.
Smith, Eldon D.; And Others
The paper explores whether the taxpaying public and limited-resource farm families who receive public welfare assistance to supplement meager farm incomes would be better off if some of these welfare funds were used to help the farmers help themselves by more efficient and profitable use of their farm resources. Data from an eastern Kentucky survey of 120 limited-resource farmers are cited: the farmers averaged 45 years of age, 7.2 years of schooling, and sold less than $10,000 worth of farm products in 1977. Other survey information cited indicates that such farmers infrequently participate in conventional extension programs or solicit assistance from extension offices, and that suitable technical assistance will have to be aimed specifically at these farmers. The potential of well-designed, low-cost technical assistance programs for improving efficiency of small-scale farmers is explored by making conservative assumptions about feasible productivity levels and farmer responses to such programs. Analysis supports earlier studies showing substantial opportunities for income improvement of these farms and indicates that with more efficient farming methods and small earnings from off-farm work, more than three-fifths of those now eligible for public assistance would become ineligible, cutting welfare assistance costs to less than one-third of present levels. (MH)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Adult Education, Adult Farmer Education, Change Strategies, Economic Change, Economic Status, Educational Strategies, Extension Education, Farm Management, Farmers, Low Income Groups, Rural Economics, 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. Agricultural Experiment Station.
Identifiers - Location: Kentucky