Spatial analysis of changes in the number of farms during the farm crisis

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Abstract

This analysis reexamines factors affecting farm change during the Farm Crisis using spatial analysis techniques to identify important spatial factors and correct for spatial autocorrelation. Results indicate the importance of indicators of farm structure, percent of prime farmland, and state-level processes in predicting changes in the number of farms. The findings also suggest a spatially-dependent process: counties near each other in space experienced similar types and rates of change in the number of farms. Reasons for the effects of geographic proximity are explored.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)540-560
Number of pages21
JournalRural Sociology
Volume70
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science

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