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Research Bulletin (Iowa Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment Station)

Abstract

To learn in detail how farmers in Tama County, Iowa, have combined the elements of their businesses into going concerns, and the financial results which have attended their attempt to secure the most profitably organized farm, is the purpose of this study. It seeks not only to learn the" anatomy" or organization, but also, as far as possible, the" physiology", or operation, of the farming business as found in this area. It compares the organization of these farms in 1921 with that in 1918 and in 1913. These three years, for which data have been secured, represent pre-war conditions, war-time prosperity at its height, and post-war depression at its worst. They provide a critical test for the economic principles which have been laid down for the guidance of farmers in the organization and management of their farms.

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