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The discipline of agricultural economics was born during the early 1900s and focused mainly upon farm management, land economics, and rural life studies. It has matured into a broad and recognized field of science. Periodically, members of the profession have reflected upon the market, activ ities, and characteristics of agricultural economists. Some of these earlier articles are Helmberger; Bbddy (1973); Peterson (1969, 1973); Fuller; Holland and Redman; Schultz; Opaluch and Just; Schotzk) ; Fienup and Riley; Broder and Ziemer-; and Johnson. Still the market for and characteristics of agricultural economists have not been intensively studied.

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This paper was published in North Central Journal of Agricultural Economics, Vol. 8, No. 2 (Jul., 1986), pp. 189-207