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The Identification and Formation of Clusters of Northeastern United States Farms Participating in Multifunctional Activities

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  • Marasteanu, I. Julia
  • Liang, Chyi-Lyi
  • Goetz, Stephan
  • Ahearn, Mary Clare
  • Brown, Jason
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    The purpose of this research is to investigate factors impacting farmers’ decisions to engage in multifunctional activities, which are hypothesized to enhance the sustainability and prosperity of farms and their communities. To achieve this research goal, I will break it up into two specific objectives. The first objective is to identify statistically significant hot spots of farms participating in multifunctional activities (i.e., clusters of postal areas with highly correlated, large numbers of farms participating in multifunctional activities). The second objective is to investigate the variables that impact the spatial distribution of farms participating in multifunctional activities. The results of this research may have implications for policies related to encouraging farm participation in multifunctional activities.

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    Paper provided by Agricultural and Applied Economics Association in its series 2013 Annual Meeting, August 4-6, 2013, Washington, D.C. with number 149573.

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    Handle: RePEc:ags:aaea13:149573

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    Keywords: Multifunctional Activities; Multifunctional Farms; Agribusiness; Spatial Econometrics; Agglomeration; Agribusiness; Agricultural and Food Policy; Community/Rural/Urban Development; Crop Production/Industries;

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    1. Stephan J. Goetz & David L. Debertin, 2001. "Why Farmers Quit: A County-Level Analysis," American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 83(4), pages 1010-1023.
    2. Brown, Jason P. & Goetz, Stephan J. & Fleming, David A., 2012. "Multifunctional Agriculture and Farm Viability in the United States," 2012 Annual Meeting, August 12-14, 2012, Seattle, Washington 126929, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
    3. Ashok K. Mishra & Barry K. Goodwin, 1997. "Farm Income Variability and the Supply of Off-Farm Labor," American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 79(3), pages 880-887.
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