By Glynn McBride
The genesis of this publication dates again a few years to an annual assembly of the yankee Institute of Cooperation. Cooperative leaders at that assembly brazenly expressed their emotions that they want a far more suitable dedication at the a part of our land supply universities specifically and different academic associations typically to making a better knowing of cooperatives and their position in our financial system. when you consider that i used to be in contract with this place, the direction as a rule staff motion which i used to be instructing used to be replaced to stress the position of agricultural cooperatives. the necessity for a textbook designed to assist during this emphasis turned obvious. This publication is the end result of an attempt to fulfill that desire. This publication has been ready with the scholar and teacher in brain. it's dependent upon adventure won from a long time of interplay with scholars in a lecture room surroundings, in discussions with them after category hours, and when they had comprehensive their measure specifications and had taken positions in jndustry, executive, or somewhere else. whereas targets of the ebook have remained fairly unchanged over the years, the sub stance and structure as technique of assembly these targets have replaced now and then because of those contacts and discussions. The enter xiv Preface xv of scholars through the years as mirrored during this product is gratefully acknowledged.
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On a national basis, corporations are most often found in fruits and nuts, vegetables, nursery and forest products, poultry, and cattle production. They account for the sales of more than 25% of each of these products and about 18% of all sales of farm commodities. 1 Types of Business Organizations, Agriculture, United States, 1974 Type Individ uals Partnerships Corporations Average size (acres) 447 859 3380 Average annual sales per farm (dollars) 36,000 77,000 417,000 Source: Structure Issues of American Agriculture, USDA, ESCS, Agricultural Economic Report 438, November 1979, p.
14. How is the structure/conduct/performance model of industrial organization relevant for our purposes? 15. What does the word professionalism mean to you? TYING-TOGETHER QUESTIONS 1. The first part of this book is aimed at developing the why of agricultural cooperatives. At this stage, how does a definition of marketing, economic activity, industry structure, and the marketing umbrella contribute to this objective? 2. When would you consider a firm to be performing satisfactorily? What performance criteria would you use?
The largest increase in purchased inputs was for chemical fertilizers. The use of pesticides and herbicides also increased rapidly, but this occurred more recently. Mechanical energy and labor have almost completely been replaced by reduced tillage, no tillage, and by herbicides. These items, which have been a part of the factor substitution process, require heavy use of increasingly expensive petroleum-based chemicals. The price trends for purchased inputs have significance for our purposes. 3).