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ERIC Number: ED512856
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 143
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1092-6121-9
An Inventory and Use Analysis of Information Systems on Small Farms in Pennsylvania
Adams, Jean S.
ProQuest LLC, D.Sc. Dissertation, Robert Morris University
Across the United States, today's farm operators face continuing challenges from global competition, increasing production costs, changing technology, increased regulations, scarce resources, and lower profit margins. To face these challenges, farm operators need to gather and utilize information allowing them to make informed decisions. Several studies have been conducted that have documented the use of information systems for farm management activities on large farms. But little has been done to identify the information systems used on small farms particularly the diverse mix of farms that make up Pennsylvania small farming. The Commonwealth has more than 58,000 farms with approximately 14,000 of these farms recording gross agricultural receipts of less than $100,000 per year. These farms are classified as small farms, and the number of these farms continues to grow each year in Pennsylvania. For small farm operators, the ability to handle information in an effective manner can make the difference between continuing their operations and being overburdened to the point of extinction. The purpose of this field project was to identify if information systems exist on Pennsylvania small farms, how these systems are being used, and if these systems support small farm management activities. To address the study's purpose, this research surveyed small farm operators in Pennsylvania gathering information on information usage. The results demonstrated that operators of small farms used information systems to analyze their financial positions, to control crop production, and to monitor livestock well being. The results also demonstrated that financial, crop, and livestock information systems supported farm management activities on the small farm. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania