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Farm Business and Household Expenditure Patterns and Local Communities: Evidence from a National Farm Survey


  • Dayton Lambert
  • Tim Wojan
  • Patrick Sullivan


Farm operators are an integral part of some rural economies. The businesses they operate support jobs and purchase goods and services from local implement and input suppliers. Farm household spending on food, furniture and appliances, trucks and automobiles, and a range of consumer goods also supports local jobs and retail businesses. Based on the 2004 Agricultural Resource Management Survey, the linkages between farm household and business expenditures and communities are explored. Farms in urban areas purchase household goods in markets closest to the farmstead, but traveled further to purchase farm business items. The opposite pattern was observed in rural locations. Copyright 2009 Agricultural and Applied Economics Association

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  • Dayton Lambert & Tim Wojan & Patrick Sullivan, 2009. "Farm Business and Household Expenditure Patterns and Local Communities: Evidence from a National Farm Survey," Review of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 31(3), pages 604-626, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:revage:v:31:y:2009:i:3:p:604-626

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