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Document Type

Thesis - University Access Only

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

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First Advisor

Burton Pflueger


The overall objective of the proposed research is to gain an in-depth understanding of the woman's role in management, the changes that have occurred over the past ten years, and the needs of farm women in managing their operations in the future. The project, while examining the needs of farm women, will also try to take the next step to understand what problems women have in farm management. The specific objectives of the proposed research were: 1) To determine if woman's participation in farm decision making varies among different geographical regions, types of business organizations, types of enterprises, size of operation and stage in the lifecycle. 2) To determine if woman's participation in farm related tasks varies among the different geographical regions, types of business organization, types of enterprises produced, size of operation and stage in the lifecycle. 3) To determine if the level of participation in farm management and decision making varies among women choosing off-farm employment and those women not choosing-off-farm employment. 4). To compare the level of involvement found in South Dakota to the 1981 National Farm Women report, the Minnesota Woman's Farm study and the Successful Farming in South Dakota study to determine the differences and/or changes that have occurred during the past 10 years. It was hypothesized that: 1) The level of involvement is inversely related to the size of the operation. 2) The level of participation will vary among different types of enterprises (labor intensive operations will have a direct relationship to participation) and geographic regions in South Dakota. 3) The level of involvement is greater in the middle years of the life cycle than the early and later years of the cycle. 4) Off-farm employment opportunities have a negative effect on the level of involvement in labor and management.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Women in agriculture -- South Dakota
Women farmers -- South Dakota -- Management
Family farms -- South Dakota -- Management




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