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The Impact of Participation in Cooperatives on the Success of Small Farms


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  • Mishra, Ashok K.
  • Tegegne, Fisseha
  • Sandretto, Carmen L.


This study identifies and analyzes factors that contribute to the success of small farms. Particular attention is given to the effect of participation in marketing and supply cooperatives on the success of small farms. Using modified net farm income per dollar of assets and operator’s labor and management income as measures of success, results show participation in marketing and supply cooperatives is positively correlated with success. Further, analysis findings indicate farm size, controlling for variable and fixed costs, type of ownership, management strategies used, working off the farm, and age of the operator are important factors that influence profitability (modified net farm income per dollar of assets and operator’s labor and management income) and success.

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Article provided by Agricultural Economics Association of Georgia in its journal Journal of Agribusiness.

Volume (Year): 22 (2004)
Issue (Month): 1 ()

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Handle: RePEc:ags:jloagb:59604

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Keywords: cooperatives; management strategies; marketing; small farms; success; supply cooperative; Agribusiness; Marketing;


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  1. Elliott, Matthew & James Jr., Harvey, 2013. "Nature Of The Farm: Revisited," 2013 Annual Meeting, August 4-6, 2013, Washington, D.C. 150726, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
  2. Tegegne, Fisseha & Singh, Surendra P. & Duseja, Desh & Ekanem, Enefiok P. & Bullock, Fitzroy (Roy), 2012. "Pigeonpea as a Niche Crop for Small Farmers," Journal of Food Distribution Research, Food Distribution Research Society, vol. 43(1), March.


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