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Thesis - Open Access

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Master of Science (MS)

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A drive through any part of South Dakota will reveal that many farmsteads are vacant. Empty farmsteads are evidence that farmers have quit farming. The agricultural census shows that the number of South Dakota farms is decreasing and the average size of farms is increasing. Farmers have found it profitable to increase the size of farm units, and they have been able to operate larger units by substituting capital for labor. AS a result, entry into farming is becoming more difficult as opportunities are fewer, capital required to enter has increased, and operations have become more specialized. Farm boys in South Dakota should know the facts about the number of farming opportunities that are created in the state each year. They should receive guidance in what is required in physical and managerial resources to successfully compete on a South Dakota commercial farm in the future. This study is designed to assemble facts about opportunities in farming in South Dakota, and facts about the boys who will be looking for these opportunities in the future. These facts should be of interest and value to farm boys and all others who are interested in the education of rural youth. This study centers its emphasis on the farm boy who will be entering farming as a career.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Farmers -- South Dakota
Agriculture -- South Dakota
Agriculture -- Study and Teaching


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