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Changing Farming Practices Accompany Major Shifts in Farm Structure


  • O'Donoghue, Erik J.
  • MacDonald, James C.
  • Vasavada, Utpal
  • Sullivan, Patrick


Over the past three decades, the number of farming operations has remained relatively steady, but production has shifted to larger farms. Changes in production and marketing practices have facilitated—and have been facilitated by—organizational and distributional changes in agricultural production. Resulting changes in agricultural productivity helped keep prices for agricultural goods relatively low and reduced the environmental footprint for each unit of agricultural output produced, but not without tradeoffs.

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  • O'Donoghue, Erik J. & MacDonald, James C. & Vasavada, Utpal & Sullivan, Patrick, 2011. "Changing Farming Practices Accompany Major Shifts in Farm Structure," Amber Waves, United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:uersaw:120792

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