Family Farming: A New Economic Vision

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U of Nebraska Press, 1988 - Social Science - 311 pages
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Americans decry the decline of family farming but stand by helplessly as industrial farming takes over. Theˇprevailing sentiment is that family farms should survive for important social, ethical, and economics reasons. But will they? Possibly not, if current policies are not altered, say Marty Strange.

This timely book exposes the biasesˇin American farm policies that irrationally encourage expansion?a bias evident inˇfederal commodity programs, income tax provisions, and subsidized credit services. The farm financial crisis of the 1980s is a result of this trend toward bigness. As family farms are transformed, they become more specialized, more capital-intensive, and less resilient to the inherently unstable conditionsˇin agriculture. Financial risks are therefore greater, and public assistance to expanding farms is more frequent and costly.

Family Farming also exposes internal conflicts, particularly the conflict between the private interests of individual farmers and the public interest in family farming as a whole. It challenges the assumption that bigger is better, critiques the technological base of modern agriculture, and calls for farming practices that are ethical, economical, and ecologically sound. The alternative policies discussed in this book could yet save the family farm. And the ways and means of saving it are argued here with special urgency.


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This is a good review of farm policy and economics written in the late 1980's. Gives a good history of the farm crisis of the 1970's and explores the pros/cons of "small family farms" vs. "large industrial farms." Read full review

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Marty Strange, a cofounder and codirector of the Center for Rural Affairs, has written extensively on agricultural subjects.

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