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This was a discourse between some editors of agricultural magazines and some members of the scientific community. The object was to explore what policy choices and programs could lead to structural soundness in agriculture and rural commerce. Structural soundness refers to a balance of labor, management, land and equipment for efficient production. With structural soundness in the rural community, the income of these resources would equal or exceed their income in other uses. Another concern is improving the performance of the social and political institutions which affect human welfare. Presumably the dynamics of technology and national economic development should improve the welfare of rural people.

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Center for Agricultural and Economic Development, Iowa State University


Ames, IA


Agricultural and Resource Economics | Agricultural Economics | Agricultural Science | Agronomy and Crop Sciences | Natural Resource Economics | Natural Resources Management and Policy