ropland diversion programs, farming-dependent counties, rural nonfarm population change
Data from 100 farming-dependent counties in the U.S. are used to measure the impact of acreage reduction programs on the level of the rural nonfarm population. Results of a simultaneous equation model suggest that the programs had a negative influence on the number of rural nonfarm people, reducing the rural nonfarm population in these counties by an estimated 15 to 22 percent over the 1960-90 period.
Department of Economics, South Dakota State University
Number of Pages
Van der Sluis, Evert and Peterson, Willis, "Cropland Diversion Programs and Rural Nonfarm Population
Change" (1998). Economics Staff Paper Series. 136.