Spending in rural towns in closely tied to the volume and value of farm output and net farm income. Merchants know that local spending changes as agriculture adjusts through farm consolidation and land retirement.
Paulsen, Arnold and Carlson, Jerry
"Mainstreeters Eye Farm Changes,"
Iowa Farm Science: Vol. 16
, Article 4.
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